Back to Solo Traveling (January 18th – 22nd, 2018)

January 17th (late) It was a long drive back to Queenstown but I made it back to the rental car place in time. Caught the bus back to the center of Queenstown and went to my hostel. Dropped my bags and went out for a walk. Since I no longer had a cup, I decided … Continue reading Back to Solo Traveling (January 18th – 22nd, 2018)

Road Trip – Queenstown to Christchurch, NZ (January 15th – 17th, 2018)

January 14th (late) We caught the 5:00pm bus from Te Anau and arrived back in Queenstown a little before 7pm. We had made a reservation at Nomads hostel for the night. As soon as we were checked into our room, we had to run up to the Flaming Kiwi hostel to pick up the bags … Continue reading Road Trip – Queenstown to Christchurch, NZ (January 15th – 17th, 2018)

Post-Greenstone/Routeburn Recovery Process & Milford Sound (January 8th – 14th, 2018)

January 8th We were basically out of food at this point. We had two pretty small granola bars so we each ate one. We got a late start since we were both exhausted from our 44 kilometers hiked over the last two days. We didn't have very far to go (we thought about 7 kilometers … Continue reading Post-Greenstone/Routeburn Recovery Process & Milford Sound (January 8th – 14th, 2018)

Routeburn Track {Howden Hut to Routeburn Flats Hut & Return} – Day 5 and 6 (January 6th and 7th, 2018)

Note: I wrote a lot of phone notes regarding these two days and as I wrote my blog post, I noticed that they were very repetitive. So, I've put the two days of phone notes at the bottom of this blog post so that you can read if you're interested. But you're not missing anything … Continue reading Routeburn Track {Howden Hut to Routeburn Flats Hut & Return} – Day 5 and 6 (January 6th and 7th, 2018)

Greenstone Track Days Three and Four – McKeller Hut to Howden Hut {Routeburn Track} (January 4th and 5th, 2018)

Phone notes regarding Day 3: Day 3 January 4: We only had 7km to walk from McKeller hut to Howden hut on the Routeburn Great walk track. We got up a bit late since we didn't have far to go. The walk took a couple of hours until we came to the open grassy valley … Continue reading Greenstone Track Days Three and Four – McKeller Hut to Howden Hut {Routeburn Track} (January 4th and 5th, 2018)

Greenstone Track Day Two – Greenstone Hut to McKeller Hut (January 3rd, 2017)

Phone Notes written about Day Two: Day 2 - January 3rd 18km: got a little bit of a later start than I'd hoped to. George sleeps late. I hardly slept last night. But I have to continually remind myself that I'm on holiday; there is no urgent need whatsoever to hurry out of our camp … Continue reading Greenstone Track Day Two – Greenstone Hut to McKeller Hut (January 3rd, 2017)

Greenstone Track Day One – Car park to Greenstone Hut (January 2nd, 2018)

I think I'll start each day-post of our multi-day tramping trip with sharing some notes that I wrote on my phone while doing the track. Side note: I know the font (at least in my editing mode) is different in this post.  Unfortunately, WordPress is not very word-processing friendly and so I have no idea … Continue reading Greenstone Track Day One – Car park to Greenstone Hut (January 2nd, 2018)

Queenstown for New Years!! (December 29th, 2017 – January 1st, 2018)

The morning of the 29th, George and I (and a bunch of other people) hopped on the Stray bus from Wanaka to Queenstown. It's really not that far away but since we can't check into the hostels until 2pm or after, the bus drivers draw the ride out way too long. Anyway, we did a … Continue reading Queenstown for New Years!! (December 29th, 2017 – January 1st, 2018)

Wanaka, New Zealand (December 26th – 28th)

On the way from Franz Josef Glacier to Wanaka, we stopped in Fox Glacier, the next town south, and walked around Lake Matheson. I had planned to stay in Fox Glacier for a couple of days and would have done this hike. But, by sort of a happy mistake, I made a reservation at a … Continue reading Wanaka, New Zealand (December 26th – 28th)

Franz Josef Glacier (December 23rd – 26th, 2017)

December 23rd Yesterday on our way into Franz Josef Glacier, the activity sheet made its way around the bus and I signed up for the Franz Josef Glacier heli-hike and the Fox Glacier skydive. Both are highly weather-dependent and expensive! I debated with myself whether I really wanted to (in a budget-conscious mind-frame) do both … Continue reading Franz Josef Glacier (December 23rd – 26th, 2017)