Tag: Road Trip

New Zealand bound

New Zealand bound

Chinese New Year is just around the corner – the year of the pig will start next week – and so is our next trip. We have 3 weeks off and together with 2 of our Shanghai friends we’ll rent a car and drive more than 3,000 km across NEW ZEALAND!

After landing in Auckland, we have 1 week on the North Island. Our plan is to do the following:

  • A tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • See the glowworm caves in Waitomo
  • Explore Rotorua
  • Hike the Tongariro Crossing (if weather permits)
  • Visit Wellington

From Wellington we’ll take the ferry over to the South Island and there we’ll have another 2 weeks to …

  • Spend 2 days in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Drive down to Fox and Franz Joseph Glacier via the Pancake Rocks
  • Spend a day in Wanaka/Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • See Queenstown
  • Cruise both Milford and Doubtful Sound
  • Hike at Mount Cook, Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo
  • Drive to Christchurch to fly back to Auckland and spend 1 day there

We leave tomorrow night. I. Can’t. Wait.

Kangaroo Island to Melbourne Road Trip

Kangaroo Island to Melbourne Road Trip

After Kangaroo Island we took 4 days to drive over 1,000 km to Melbourne with many pretty spots on the way. The weather wasn’t the best but we still had a good road trip.

Day 1: Kangaroo Island to Hall’s Gap (580 km)

Our road trip started with a big travel day. We drove to the port, took the ferry and then drove 580 km to Hall’s Gap, which is in the Grampians National Park. By “we drove” I mean Thorben did all the driving 🙂

Day 2: Grampians National Park to Port Fairy (160 km)

In the morning I sent Thorben to hike up to the Pinnacle by himself while I was busy sleeping in and coughing.

After he got back we drove to different lookout spots where you never had to walk more than a kilometer for a pretty view. We did the Boroka Lookout, Reed Lookout, the Balconies and MacKenzie Falls. The weather wasn’t the best, I’m sure it’s even more beautiful when the sun shines

In Port Fairy we walked along the beach to a lighthouse and if it wouldn’t have been for the wallabies we saw it might as well have been Spiekeroog (a tiny island in the north sea) 🙂

Day 3: Port Fairy to Apollo Bay (200 km)

Day 3 was when we drove the most famous part of the Great Ocean Road and hit all the major scenic viewpoints including the Bay of Islands, the Grotto, the London Arch, Loch Ard Gorge and of course the Twelve Apostles.

Day 4: Apollo Bay to Melbourne (200 km)

The last stretch of the trip wasn’t too exciting. We wanted to stop at some beaches and surf towns but it was drizzling most of the time. We did however make a stop at the Great Ocean Road chocolaterie and got some goodies 🙂

Australia, here we come!

Australia, here we come!

Tonight, we’re getting on a plane to Sydney and then we’ll travel around Australia. Here is what our trip will look like:

Our 3 week Australia itinerary

  • 4 days in Sydney with a day trip to the Blue Mountains (if the weather is good)
  • 2 days in Adelaide
  • 1 day drive to Cape Jervis
  • 3 days on Kangaroo Island
  • 4 days road trip to Melbourne with a stop at Grampians National Park and a drive along the Great Ocean Road
  • 2 days in Melbourne
  • 4 days in the Red Center to see King’s Canyon, Uluru and Kata Tjuta
  • 2 more days in Melbourne

On the map you can see what distances we’ll cover:

That means this blog won’t be updated for a while but lots of pictures and more details will come when we get back 🙂