The Cook Strait is notorious for being one of the bumpier crossings in the world – similar to the Tasman Sea, the Cape of Good Hope and the Bass and Foveaux Straits, however, our crossing was relatively pleasant. For myself, because I’d taken my sea sickness tablets, not so much for others that kept the ever-patient staff busy handing out and collecting paper bags. Continue reading Alicioustravels: Northbound
I had planned on covering Abel Tasman National Park and Marlborough Sound in one post, however, when drooling over the beauty of ATNP I quickly realized that one of the few “real” sounds of New Zealand would deserve a separate entry. Continue reading Alicioustravels: Marlborough Sound
Getting more sun hours than pretty much any other part of New Zealand, the Nelson area is always busy. Or so we thought. In winter, we found out, it’s as laid back and quiet as any other place we went to.
Mr A had specifically wanted to go kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park and because I had such fond memories of doing this on my very first trip to NZL back in 2003, I immediately agreed to make it a priority on our (mental) to do list. Continue reading Alicioustravels: Abel Tasman National Park
Excited about our first kayaking adventure in the Okarito lagoon we showed up at the operator’s site in the morning just like the website had advised – only to discover they were closed for the day. Unhappy we’d gotten up extra early and taken a significant detour to get there, we still decided to not let them ruin our day and turned back towards Lake Matheson to complete a loop around the lake, the highlight of which is the alleged “View of Views” when Aoraki/ Mt Cook and Mt Tasman are mirrored on the tannin-saturated waters of the lake. Continue reading Alicioustravels: Glacier country
From Te Anau we (read: I) drove to Wanaka via a lunch stop and a leg-stretch in Queenstown and a quick look around Arrowtown. Deciding we wouldn’t go skiing (too expensive – especially considering how ridiculously small even the “bigger” ski fields are) we continued towards Franz Joseph glacier the next day. Continue reading Alicioustravels: Road trippin’
Mr A and I had been unable to decide whether to visit Doubtful Sound or Milford Sound. In a moment of decadence we decided to just visit both. Fiords, by the way. They are actually fiords, not sounds (dug out by glaciers, not rivers). Continue reading Alicioustravels: Does this Sound like a Fiord?
After a horrible night in a filthy hostel (I had my first asthma attack in almost 20 years because it was so dirty and because the resident cat must have slept in our bed before) we moved into spotless clean Kiwi’s Nest where owner Gloria gave us a warm welcome to her much-appreciated refuge. We had an early lunch at Circadian Rhythm café to provide enough energy to last us for the duration of the tour of the Otago peninsula we’d booked for the afternoon. Continue reading Alicioustravels: Otago peninsula
The very relaxed drive towards Oamaru led us through Omarama (which led me to add “rama lama ding dong” each time someone mentioned the place – hilarious, I know) and past Maori rock paintings before we arrived at beautiful Old Bones Lodge, where we were welcomed by the lovely owners and their dog that did look a lot like a sheep. Continue reading Alicioustravels: It doesn’t matter whether they’re yellow or blue
Another scenic drive took us along Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook village, a quaint little settlement in the Southern Alps, flanked on three sides by mountains and gateway to a wide array of walks of all difficulties. Continue reading Alicioustravels: Mount Cook village
There are few things I find more mesmerising than watching marine mammals in the water. Mr A got his first glimpse of a dolphin in Santorini, saw his first whale in Madeira and was immediately hooked to the grace and elegance of these big animals. Continue reading Alicioustravels: Having a whale of a time