Nadja W.

Exploring the world trying to find my place in this life.
  • Day177

    Mt. Cook

    March 23, 2017 in New Zealand

    Less than five minutes after saying goodbye to thw swiss guys, I picked up an american hitchhiker, also on his way to Mt. Cook! (Hitchhiking is a normal and common thing in NZ)
    So I had some company on my way, which I as really grateful for, as being alone after spending some time with people is always kinda hart to take....always ending im a down, taking some time to get back to that "travelling on your own-thing" - dont get me wrong, travelling on your own is awesome! But completely different and it always takes some time to adapt. So covering that time with a hitchhiker was a very pleasant thing!

    Mount Cook is stunning! Its breathtaking! The glaciers are not as big as in Switzerland, but just as beautiful! And of course, it was crowded with people!
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  • Day175

    Tekapo

    March 21, 2017 in New Zealand

    After I finally convinced myself to leave Christchurch, I made my way down to lake Tekapo, where I met the two swiss guys again!! 🎉
    And honestly, at least Tekapo knows what welness means! They had hot springs and they were just wonderfully relaxing!! 👐
    Other than that, theres not a lot to do in Tekapo, which is why I did not stay too long there and said goodbye to the swiss guys one more time... see you in Switzerland!Read more

  • Day169

    Akaroa

    March 15, 2017 in New Zealand

    Akaroa is a beautiful little town, just 90 minutes east from Christchurch and as the french were the first ones settling there, it looks completely different to any other town in New Zealand!
    I stayed on a farm-campground, surrounded by sheeps and chicken, doing some hikes along the penninsula and going on a harbour cruise. Really an impressive little place on planet earth, definitely one of my favourites!Read more

  • Day166

    Christchurch

    March 12, 2017 in New Zealand

    I did not believe it, when everybody told me, Chrisrchurch is one big playground and construction site. But, its true! Its a mess! Driving through is worse than driving through Zurich, as you are lost because google maps does not know the one way streets and construction places....and you cant really have any orientation as the centre is changing everyday...and everything else is just one massive suburb! Everything looks alike! Really a confusing city!
    But I had a great time with the israelis and we went couchsurfing in an argentinian community and I somehow ended up staying there for two weeks! 😅
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  • Day163

    Kaikoura

    March 9, 2017 in New Zealand

    So when I was in Wellington on New Years Eve I met three israeli guys... and since they were leaving for Australia, I decided to leave the two swiss guys, as they were driving down the west coast, and drive to Christchurch and the east coast instead.
    Kaikoura is the place to be when it comes to wildlife animals! And so I decided to make a quick stop there! Quick...yeah thats what I thought!
    Kaikoura was the city worst damaged in the earthquake 2016 and the highway 1 from Picton to Kaikoura was still closed. Two other roads where closed due to flooding. And so I had two take a narrow and windy way through mountains to get to Kaikoura. Shortly said: it took me an eternity, as there were road maintenances everywhere due to the earthquake and I almost ran out of petrol... it was a nightmare! But with hindsight I can gladly say: I made it! And my day there was definitely worth this horror trip!

    Because the next day, before heading to Christchurch, I went swimming with dolphins!! 🐋 What an experience!!
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  • Day160

    Abel Tasman / Farewell Spit

    March 6, 2017 in New Zealand

    So with the boys, I drove to the end of Abel Tasman, where we made a dayhike along the beach - together with about a 100 other tourists and about a 1000 sandflys! But the beaches were just beautiful! And we even got to see some seals!

    We continued driving up to the most north-western end of the island, called farewell spit. On a map it actually looks a bit like the head of a kiwi! Just a couple of weeks ago, there was a massive whale-stranding and you were still able to see the dead whales - which was really brutal! But the road along the beach was just stunning - hard to focus on driving while passing such beauty! 🌊Read more

  • Day157

    Ferry to Picton

    March 3, 2017 in New Zealand

    Hello South Island!
    After another quick stop in wonderful Wellington, I took the ferry to Picton at night! And it was breathtaking, cruising through these sounds!
    On the ferry I met two swiss guys from Zurich, that are currently travelling the world with their jeep, and we decided to continue travelling together for a bit! So the beginning of my journey on my own...is actually a chapter with two boys from Zurich!Read more

  • Day153

    Mt. Taranaki / New Plymouth

    February 27, 2017 in New Zealand

    On my way down from Auckland to the South Island I made a quick stop in New Plymouth to climt Mt. Taranaki. Unfortunately this mountain is very tricky, as weather changes so quickly on top. I went halfway up and it got so foggy that I had to turn around cause I was afraid Id get lost... So all days were beautiful in New Plymouth, I rented a bike, drove along the coast, went shopping and sat in many Cafés...but everytime I looked up to that mountain, there was this stupid cloud. 🗻Read more

  • Day150

    Back in Auckland

    February 24, 2017 in New Zealand

    After 3 amazing weeks in Australia with my girls, I am back in Auckland, starting the journey on my own again. I had the lucky pleasure of being able to stay with Nidhi's family (the girl from the farm in Kerikeri) for some days before going on my adventure. They were so warm and welcoming, I felt like in an indian bollywood dream! And so I was able to relax, catch up with family, watch tv and chill - cause everybody needs that sometimes! 🕊Read more

  • Day124

    Eva and the Coromandel Penninsula

    January 29, 2017 in New Zealand

    So Eva, a friend of Lynne, is also travelling through NZ and spontaneously decided to join us exploring the Coromandel Penninsula! We had kind of a bad timing, as there were a lot of festivals during that time and so we had to sleep on Campgrounds...sometimes in Cottages and once we even got a whole house for us as a special offer!! 😎

    Coromandel is beautiful! Very touristy, but beautiful! The girls went surfing, we digged our own pool at the hot water beach, explored the Cathedral Cove and found a lovely winery with homemade woodfire pizza!! What a wonderful ending of this chapter, before leaving NZ and heading to Australia for 3 weeks... 🐨Read more

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