19.03.2007 - 17.04.2007 25 °C
[*][list] It has been fantastic to share some of my travel experience with Antje and my Mum and to spend so much time together. Although some of the arguements between my Mum and myself which I wish could have been avoided.
However, I have the greatest best and friend and mother and we had so much fun and laughs. They are certainly crazy but also very funny.
[*]NZ is a beautiful country. Amazing scenary and so diverse.
[*]A 3 berth campervan is never big enough for 3 adults, you always need to go one size bigger than they tell you.
[*]By no means do they have as many sheep as everyone is saying. Apparently there are 20,000,000 sheep on 4,000,000 Kiwis but I wonder where they hide them. It seems far more cattle and possums!
[*]Don't rely on the weather for your trips and calculate a few more days in in case it's bad and trips get cancelled.
[*]I definitely have to go back to Kaikoura to swim with dolphins there where the groups are between 200 and 1000!
[*]Not everything that seems stolen is really been stolen, especially after 3 liters of wine! :-)
[*]Horse riding is still my passion and needs to be picked up again!
[*]Short distances can take so much longer in NZ due to the very hilly and curvy roads.
[*]Nothing can disappear in a campervan! :-)
[*]Daily showers really are not necessary!
[*]Health & Safety is not to be taken that seriously!
[*]If you have to catch a water taxi to avoid getting stranded over night, make sure you have plenty of time to get there and don't rely on Kiwi time estimates!
[*]Sandflies are the best kept secret of NZ but are a complete plague. Never experienced anything like it! Flies so small you can hardly see them but their bites itch like nothing else and last for approx. 3 weeks! They will drive you insane!