6 July - 19 August 2003
I arrived in New Zealand in wintertime after eight hot months in Australia. In terms of scenery, the contrast could not have been greater. New Zealand's North Island is a lush, green land of rolling hills and spectacular volcanos. The South Island is even less populated and dominated by the majestic backbone of the Southern Alps, with dramatic fjords, lakes and wide plains.
Aside from the beautiful landscapes, I found New Zealand to be an easy going and relaxed place to visit, with friendly, helpful people and an uncomplicated way of life. In six weeks I drove over 5000 miles in a hire car as I explored as much as I possibly could of Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud.