Located almost in the middle of the North Island, in an area at the junction of two tectonic plates forming the volcanic area of ​​Taupo, Rotorua is built on the banks of a very large lake. The lake is located in the caldera of a ancient volcano whose last eruption dates back 240,000 years. Geothermal activity is important in the region and there are many hot springs, mud pools and geysers all bathed in hot water vapor and the smell of sulfur. It reminds me of memories of Japan and my visit to Unzen. Obviously, all this makes Rotorua a major tourist attraction. The Maori had already settled in the region long before the arrival of Westerners, and used the hot springs for washing, healing or heating.

John Doe

Located almost in the middle of the North Island, in an area at the junction of two tectonic plates forming the volcanic area of ​​Taupo, Rotorua is built on the banks of a very large lake. The lake is located in the caldera of a ancient volcano whose last eruption dates back 240,000 years. Geothermal activity is important in the region and there are many hot springs, mud pools and geysers all bathed in hot water vapor and the smell of sulfur. The Maori had already settled in the region long before the arrival of Westerners, and used the hot springs for washing, healing or heating.

John Doe

CHAPTER II

The last land

After a half-hearted trip to Japan, I do not plan to return home and fly to New Zealand. I undertake a different journey made of lot of work, learning and discoveries. I have the impression of fleeing the future while being almost serene in this country on the other side of the world.

CHAPTER II

La terre du bout

After a half-hearted trip to Japan, I do not plan to return home and fly to New Zealand. I undertake a different journey made of lot of work, learning and discoveries. I have the impression of fleeing the future while being almost serene in this country on the other side of the world.

Dispatches

Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand © Claire Blumenfeld

Rotorua, geothermal paradise

In the middle of the fumaroles, visit of the pretty town of Rotorua and immersion in the history of the region.

Hobbiton, North Island, New Zealand © Claire Blumenfeld

In the land of the Hobbits

Walking in the footsteps of Frodo through Hobbiton and rediscovering the atmosphere of Peter Jackson’s movies.

Fiordland, South Island, New Zealand © Claire Blumenfeld

Last days in Fiordland

Three-day misadventure in the valleys of Monowai and Green Lake and preparation for the rest of the trip.

Wanaka sur l'Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

Reaching summits on the Skyline Track

If you are passing through Wanaka, some sixty miles north of Queenstown, do not miss the Roy’s Peak / Skyline Track. The start is on the road from Wanaka to Glendhu Bay. It is probably the best known hike in the region.

Mackenzie Country sur l'Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

On the road. Wanaka to Mount Cook

After five days in Wanaka, it’s time to go. I’m leaving my nice spot at the Glendhu Bay Campsite on Sunday, February 26 under cloudy weather. Forty minutes on the hilly road to reach Wanaka and I head towards Aoraki / Mt. Cook, my point of arrival in 3 days. About 200 km separate me from the place I wanted to visit most during my stay in New Zealand.

Aoraki / Mont Cook National Park sur l'Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

Day hike on Mueller Hut Track

During my few days visiting Mount Cook, I took the opportunity to do a lot of hiking in the valley. The hike that interested me most was the climb to the Mueller Hut, 1800m above sea level.

Mackenzie Country sur l'Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

On the road. Mount Cook to West Coast

After four days of hiking, I leave Mount Cook and the Glentanner campground to spend a day at Lake Tekapo. Same like before, I ride along Lake Pukaki and its water of a fabulous turquoise color for about thirty kilometers.

Abel Tasman Track sur l'Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

Along the coast on the Abel Tasman Track

After crossing the West Coast, I arrived in the Tasman region, where the Abel Tasman National Park is located. A trail runs along the coast for a 3/4 days-hike alternating passages in coastal forests and yellow sandy beaches. So I leave my bike and my belongings in Motueka and I start with only my backpack and my tent for 3 days and a half of hiking.

Farewell Spit, région Tasman sur Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

Goodbye South Island

I left Farewell Spit by hitchhiking through Collingwood and back down to Motueka where I left my bike several days before. Along the way, I camped at Canaan Downs, a valley in the hills just behind the Abel Tasman National Park. The place is used for festivals and rave-parties and wooden sculptures are present everywhere.

Focus: New Zealand – South Island

A selection of the best photographs I took during my year exploring the lands of New Zealand. The photos are accompanied by a souvenir associated with the place. I present here my selection for the South Island.

Castlepoint sur Île du Nord, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

April on the North Island

Back in Wellington, I spend a few days with Niels (and his wife), whom I met during my work in Te Anau several months earlier. They live in Plimmerton, a chic suburb of Wellington, about thirty minutes by train from the center. The main purpose of my visit to Wellington is to make an appointment with a nose specialist to settle my sinus infection that I have been carrying for several months.

Focus: New Zealand – North Island

A selection of the best photographs I took during my past year wandering around New Zealand lands.
The photographs are accompanied by a legend evoking a memory. Here is my selection for the North Island.

Te Puke, Bay of Plenty, île du Nord, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

My last two months in New Zealand

So here I am, installed at Trevelyan’s campsite. Gonna spend six weeks packing kiwis to get some money for my next trip to Asia. I take advantage of my free weekend to meet the other young people living in the house. A dozen people from all over the world.

Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand © Claire Blumenfeld

Rotorua, geothermal paradise

In the middle of the fumaroles, visit of the pretty town of Rotorua and immersion in the history of the region.

Hobbiton, North Island, New Zealand © Claire Blumenfeld

In the land of the Hobbits

Walking in the footsteps of Frodo through Hobbiton and rediscovering the atmosphere of Peter Jackson’s movies.

Fiordland, South Island, New Zealand © Claire Blumenfeld

Last days in Fiordland

Three-day misadventure in the valleys of Monowai and Green Lake and preparation for the rest of the trip.

Wanaka sur l'Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

Reaching summits on the Skyline Track

If you are passing through Wanaka, some sixty miles north of Queenstown, do not miss the Roy’s Peak / Skyline Track. The start is on the road from Wanaka to Glendhu Bay. It is probably the best known hike in the region.

Mackenzie Country sur l'Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

On the road. Wanaka to Mount Cook

After five days in Wanaka, it’s time to go. I’m leaving my nice spot at the Glendhu Bay Campsite on Sunday, February 26 under cloudy weather. Forty minutes on the hilly road to reach Wanaka and I head towards Aoraki / Mt. Cook, my point of arrival in 3 days. About 200 km separate me from the place I wanted to visit most during my stay in New Zealand.

Aoraki / Mont Cook National Park sur l'Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

Day hike on Mueller Hut Track

During my few days visiting Mount Cook, I took the opportunity to do a lot of hiking in the valley. The hike that interested me most was the climb to the Mueller Hut, 1800m above sea level.

Mackenzie Country sur l'Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

On the road. Mount Cook to West Coast

After four days of hiking, I leave Mount Cook and the Glentanner campground to spend a day at Lake Tekapo. Same like before, I ride along Lake Pukaki and its water of a fabulous turquoise color for about thirty kilometers.

Abel Tasman Track sur l'Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

Along the coast on the Abel Tasman Track

After crossing the West Coast, I arrived in the Tasman region, where the Abel Tasman National Park is located. A trail runs along the coast for a 3/4 days-hike alternating passages in coastal forests and yellow sandy beaches. So I leave my bike and my belongings in Motueka and I start with only my backpack and my tent for 3 days and a half of hiking.

Farewell Spit, région Tasman sur Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

Goodbye South Island

I left Farewell Spit by hitchhiking through Collingwood and back down to Motueka where I left my bike several days before. Along the way, I camped at Canaan Downs, a valley in the hills just behind the Abel Tasman National Park. The place is used for festivals and rave-parties and wooden sculptures are present everywhere.

Focus: New Zealand – South Island

A selection of the best photographs I took during my year exploring the lands of New Zealand. The photos are accompanied by a souvenir associated with the place. I present here my selection for the South Island.

Castlepoint sur Île du Nord, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

April on the North Island

Back in Wellington, I spend a few days with Niels (and his wife), whom I met during my work in Te Anau several months earlier. They live in Plimmerton, a chic suburb of Wellington, about thirty minutes by train from the center. The main purpose of my visit to Wellington is to make an appointment with a nose specialist to settle my sinus infection that I have been carrying for several months.

Focus: New Zealand – North Island

A selection of the best photographs I took during my past year wandering around New Zealand lands.
The photographs are accompanied by a legend evoking a memory. Here is my selection for the North Island.

Te Puke, Bay of Plenty, île du Nord, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

My last two months in New Zealand

So here I am, installed at Trevelyan’s campsite. Gonna spend six weeks packing kiwis to get some money for my next trip to Asia. I take advantage of my free weekend to meet the other young people living in the house. A dozen people from all over the world.

Dispatches

Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand © Claire Blumenfeld

Rotorua, geothermal paradise

In the middle of the fumaroles, visit of the pretty town of Rotorua and immersion in the history of the region.

Hobbiton, North Island, New Zealand © Claire Blumenfeld

In the land of the Hobbits

Walking in the footsteps of Frodo through Hobbiton and rediscovering the atmosphere of Peter Jackson’s movies.

Fiordland, South Island, New Zealand © Claire Blumenfeld

Last days in Fiordland

Three-day misadventure in the valleys of Monowai and Green Lake and preparation for the rest of the trip.

Wanaka sur l'Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

Reaching summits on the Skyline Track

If you are passing through Wanaka, some sixty miles north of Queenstown, do not miss the Roy’s Peak / Skyline Track. The start is on the road from Wanaka to Glendhu Bay. It is probably the best known hike in the region.

Mackenzie Country sur l'Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

On the road. Wanaka to Mount Cook

After five days in Wanaka, it’s time to go. I’m leaving my nice spot at the Glendhu Bay Campsite on Sunday, February 26 under cloudy weather. Forty minutes on the hilly road to reach Wanaka and I head towards Aoraki / Mt. Cook, my point of arrival in 3 days. About 200 km separate me from the place I wanted to visit most during my stay in New Zealand.

Aoraki / Mont Cook National Park sur l'Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

Day hike on Mueller Hut Track

During my few days visiting Mount Cook, I took the opportunity to do a lot of hiking in the valley. The hike that interested me most was the climb to the Mueller Hut, 1800m above sea level.

Mackenzie Country sur l'Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

On the road. Mount Cook to West Coast

After four days of hiking, I leave Mount Cook and the Glentanner campground to spend a day at Lake Tekapo. Same like before, I ride along Lake Pukaki and its water of a fabulous turquoise color for about thirty kilometers.

Abel Tasman Track sur l'Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

Along the coast on the Abel Tasman Track

After crossing the West Coast, I arrived in the Tasman region, where the Abel Tasman National Park is located. A trail runs along the coast for a 3/4 days-hike alternating passages in coastal forests and yellow sandy beaches. So I leave my bike and my belongings in Motueka and I start with only my backpack and my tent for 3 days and a half of hiking.

Farewell Spit, région Tasman sur Île du Sud, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

Goodbye South Island

I left Farewell Spit by hitchhiking through Collingwood and back down to Motueka where I left my bike several days before. Along the way, I camped at Canaan Downs, a valley in the hills just behind the Abel Tasman National Park. The place is used for festivals and rave-parties and wooden sculptures are present everywhere.

Focus: New Zealand – South Island

A selection of the best photographs I took during my year exploring the lands of New Zealand. The photos are accompanied by a souvenir associated with the place. I present here my selection for the South Island.

Castlepoint sur Île du Nord, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

April on the North Island

Back in Wellington, I spend a few days with Niels (and his wife), whom I met during my work in Te Anau several months earlier. They live in Plimmerton, a chic suburb of Wellington, about thirty minutes by train from the center. The main purpose of my visit to Wellington is to make an appointment with a nose specialist to settle my sinus infection that I have been carrying for several months.

Focus: New Zealand – North Island

A selection of the best photographs I took during my past year wandering around New Zealand lands.
The photographs are accompanied by a legend evoking a memory. Here is my selection for the North Island.

Te Puke, Bay of Plenty, île du Nord, Nouvelle-Zélande © Claire Blumenfeld

My last two months in New Zealand

So here I am, installed at Trevelyan’s campsite. Gonna spend six weeks packing kiwis to get some money for my next trip to Asia. I take advantage of my free weekend to meet the other young people living in the house. A dozen people from all over the world.

Galleries

New Zealand landscapes

A country with a thousand faces. Between rainforest, desert plains, volcanoes, small villages, fjords and high mountains, New Zealand spreads its landscapes on two narrow islands in the southwest of the Pacific Ocean. Geographic isolation, volcanic activity and temperate climate allowed the development of an endemic, very rich and varied flora and fauna and ecosystems.

A country with a thousand faces. Between rainforest, desert plains, volcanoes, small villages, fjords and high mountains, New Zealand spreads on two narrow islands in the southwest of the Pacific Ocean. Geographic isolation, volcanic activity and temperate climate allowed the development of an endemic, very rich and varied flora and fauna and ecosystems.

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Claire Blumenfeld. La trentaine. Passionnée de nature, voyages et découvertes. J’observe le monde, la vie autour. Je cherche des réponses sur moi-même. Entre carnets, photos, vidéos et notes, voici les chapitres de ma vie. Le récit de mes errances.

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Claire Blumenfeld. La trentaine. Passionnée de nature, voyages et découvertes. J’observe le monde, la vie autour. Je cherche des réponses sur moi-même. Entre carnets, photos, vidéos et notes, voici les chapitres de ma vie. Le récit de mes errances.

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Claire Blumenfeld. Thirty years old. Passionate about nature, travel and discovery. I observe reality, seeking answers about the world and myself. Between dispatches, photos, videos and notes, here are the chapters of my life. The story of my wanderings.

About

Claire Blumenfeld. Thirty years old. Passionate about nature, travel and discovery. I observe reality, seeking answers about the world and myself. Between dispatches, photos, videos and notes, here are the chapters of my life. The story of my wanderings.