Some people live out of a motor home permanently, others just their retirement. We tried it for two months, and loved it. Managing to completely wind-down from everything was possible even for us, who had left behind the stress of modern living in the western materialist/capitalist system a long time ago, and our mobile phones have not been switched on since I can remember.
Blog - Tag: New Zealand
I suppose it really is a country of two halves with the North and South Island, but during my whole time on South Island I was really under the impression that the whole country was run by the Department of Conservation (DOC).
Aroha Island is going to be another happy place logged in my memory under the 'rose-tinted' section. Aroha Island does translate as Love Island afterall. But this is not the reason for the rose-tinted glasses in this case.
Embarking on the 490km round-trip to the East Cape and back was to be another cultural eye-opener for us.
Kaikoura was a 'must-see' according to the guide books and was described as a nature lovers paradise which appealed to us. We wanted to visit the much documented smelly seal colony which could be done independently. We worked our way down the coastal road taking in the scenery on our way. The East Coast road proved to be more exicting than Kaikoura itself for the wildlife! With Mark at the drivers wheel, I was watching the beaches, rocks and coastline carefully for signs of life, and then every so often shouting 'pull over!', so that we could say hello to the NZ fur seals I had spotted.
If I had to pick my favourite memory from New Zealand, it would have to be the three days that we spent in The Catlins on South Island.
For me, The Catlins provokes idyllic memories of the beaches we found that were all but deserted for the abundant wildlife that I have never had the opportunity to get close to back home.