II. The last land
Learning in a quiet country
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 hard work, learning and discovery. For a year I have the impression of fleeing the future while being almost serene in this country on the other side of the world. I first discover the North Island made of meadows, volcanic landscapes, small villages and the two big cities of the country, Auckland and Wellington. Then I fly to the South Island where I spend most of the year working and exploring this island where the vast wilderness is in majority. In the South West lies Fiordland, the wildest area of New Zealand made up of primary forests, large fjords and high mountains. After several months in the area, I cycle up the West Coast before returning to the North Island. A very nice journey.
Keywords: seasonal jobs, wide open spaces, volcanoes, Fiordland, primary forests, birds, hiking, cycling, fjords, tranquility, friendliness of the locals, learning.
My last few months in New Zealand. Packing kiwis fruits, discovery of White Island and happy moments.
Exploring for four days the volcanic massifs of the center of the North Island.
Back on the North Island, I face some difficulties, visit the surroundings of Wellington and experience bad weather on the Taranaki.
Exploration of Farewell Spit and cycle along the Tasman region to reach Picton and the ferry to the North Island.
Three and a half days of hiking along the Abel Tasman National Park alternating passages in coastal forests and white sandy beaches.
I cycle for a week along the west coast of the South Island. The road is difficult and the weather changing.
Quick passage through Lake Tekapo before reaching the West Coast of New Zealand.
Discovery of the superb Aoraki / Mont Cook National Park and climbing to 1800m to reach Mueller Hut.
I travel the hilly plains of the Canterbury region and reach Mount Cook in the heart of the Southern Alps.
Ascent in tourists and bivouac at the top of ridges overlooking Lake Wanaka.
Basking on the shores of huge Wanaka Lake and exploring the surroundings of Glendhu Bay.
I continue my discovery on bicycle of the Otago region, go through Queenstown and reach Wanaka.
Hiking in the Glenorchy mountains and discovering the beautiful Mount Judah Track.
Visit Glenorchy and its surroundings and immersing myself in the environment of Isengard.
First step in my discovery of New Zealand on bicycle. I leave the Fiordland region to reach the Otago.
Discussion with Dana, Pablo and Pauline about their travel and their vision of the country.
Three-day misadventure in the valleys of Monowai and Green Lake and preparation for the rest of the trip.
Crossing Doubtful Sound by kayak, immersing myself in the beauty of the landscape and facing sandflies.
Two days and a half of superb hiking to connect Fiordland region to Glenorchy.
Fiordland specialties with a South American touch, that is what the Kepler restaurant offers, the best place to eat in Te Anau.
Three very touristy days of hike in the Fiordland valleys to reach Milford Sound.
Spend the summer in Te Anau and working as a housekeeper and waitress.
First Great Walks in New Zealand. Four days of hiking through the varied landscapes of Fiordland.
Two magnificent days in Queenstown, the adventure capital and ski resort of the Kiwi country.
I accompany Alan for a round trip to Doubtful Sound and discover the fjord under the rain.
Discovery of Milford Sound, one of the most beautiful fjords in the Fiordland region.
Detail of my work for two months on a dairy farm on the South Island.
Sharing the daily life of a young family of New Zealand farmers in the Southland region.
Discovery of the Dunedin region and participation in the city’s cultural activities.
A month of good mood volunteering at Hare Krishna and cooking vegetarian food.
Discovering Dunedin in the coming winter and facing some administrative difficulties.
City walks, visits to nature in Zealandia and history at Te Papa and pilgrimage linked to the Lord of the Rings.
The bad weather continues in New Plymouth and prevents me from seeing Mount Taranaki.
Exploration and adventures in the caves of the small village of Waitomo.
Walking in the footsteps of Frodo through Hobbiton and rediscovering the atmosphere of Peter Jackson’s movies.
In the middle of the fumaroles, visit of the pretty town of Rotorua and immersion in the history of the region.
Arrival in New Zealand. Discovery of Auckland and the East coast of the North Island.