1. Sailing at Lake Taupō
3. The cat of our hosts in Twizel visited us in our room.
2. Funny bird and her offspring.
1. Those sheeps...a little bit scary in the beginning but luckily they all went to another grassland when we arrived (second video).
Best hosts & accomodation
For most of the time during our trip we stayed at nice little B&Bs. This was the first time for us to try out this kind of accomodation (of course we have some experience with Airbnb, but this is quite different) and not the last time! We enjoyed staying at great places with really nice hosts! There are two lists, one for the hosts and one for the accomodation itself - but the winner takes it all ;)
This is really a hard choice, as we met so many nice people all around New Zealand. However, there are always some people who stand out from the crowd (in terms oh humor mostly). So where did we laugh most?
3. Anna & Theo (Hanmer Springs): funny couple who immigrated to New Zealand from the Netherlands. We had a really good time together listening to their travels stories all around the world.
2. Susan & Bill (Te Anau): Susan and Bill not just offered us a nice place to stay but also two great evenings sitting by the fire and drinking port together. We covered a lot of interesting topics such as Trump, (German) cars and cultural differences.
1. Jo & Kurt (Coromandel Peninsula): this was our second accomodation and first B&B in New Zealand and I must say, Jo and Kurt made it pretty easy to fall in love with the country. Kurt immigrated from Germany to Australia at age 20 and came to New Zealand with his wife, Jo. Both are really kind people and I hope we can stay at their B&B again!
Book and say hi from Kathrin & Peter
3. Applepy Huts, South Island
2. Fox Glacier Lodge, South Island (sorry for the messy picture but the place was really cozy with our own whirlpool and oven - just the right place after a long rainy day at Franz Josef and Fox Glacier)
1. Te Kouma B&B, Coromandel Peninsula, North Island (this was the view from our bed - nice, isn't it?)
Food, Restaurants & Cafés
We were a bit disappointed in the beginning that the food was too "English", meaning fat and not healthy. We expected to get more fish, vegetables and fruits and the only thing we got was Fish&Chips ;) After our first visit of a local supermarket we found out that grocery-shopping is a rather expensive thing to do in New Zealand, so we decided to eat in restaurants for most of the time. As I'm not the biggest fan of taking pictures of my food, there is a lot of text and just few pictures.
Start your day right: best breakfast
3. This is a tough one, as in all of our B&Bs we had great mornings and breakfasts with homemade stuff. We had one of our breakfasts at Hamner Springs, where our hosts offered us fresh pancakes, eggs and cake. Anna and Theo had breakfast with us, which was really nice to have another chat with them.
2. Teichelmann's Bed&Breakfast, Hokitika, West Coast: homemade eggs benedict, a banana cake for every couple and the best English breakfast tea.
3. Tui Lodge, Turangi, North Island: awesome breakfast which included scrambled eggs, fruit salad and Rhabarber compot.
3. Twizel, Mount Cook National Park: great burgers but unfortunately no picture ;)
2. Crab Shack, Wellington, North Island: not just great burgers but also a crowded place to spend the evening and watch people (picture on the right).
1. Last kitchen, Fox Glacier, South Island (picture on the left)
3. Wanaka, South Island: great place on the lakeside with fantastic and healthy food (picture on the left).
2. Devonport, Auckland, North Island: nice café where Peter enjoyed his flounder and I ate pumpkin salad (picture on the right).
1. Jellyfish Café and Bar, Mapua, South Island: best fish (red snapper) I had in my life! During all the joy in our mouth there was no time to take a picture, sorry!
3. Of course there were some meals we would rather forget as soon as possible. Our sausages mixed with seaweed for example we bought in a small shop in Coromandel. Luckily we didn't take any pictures.
2. White sausage which Peter enjoyed during our flight from Singapore to Auckland.
1. Asian instand food we bought at a supermarket in Dunedin which tasted like plastic (it was not fantastic and Peter ate all of it 🤢).
Cafés, Coffee and Tea
One thing a really like while I'm traveling: sitting in cafes and letting the time go by. Luckily we found some places where we enjoyed great coffee, tea and hanging around.
Greatest moment on a boat
3. Kayaking at Abel Tasman
2. Sailing at Lake Taupō
1. Doubtful Sound
3. Gravel road to the Coromandel Walkway, where our guide Michael drove us. He stopped everywhere we wanted to take a picture and explained a lot about the nature and animals. Fun fact: he has a motorhome in Milan where he spends the winter and prefers the Croation coast to all the beaches in New Zealand. Guess I will never understand why ;)