If you were to read the essay of our journey to North Island New Zealand, you would know that it is as far from our little red dot as it would be to the UK. This piece of geographical fact was lost on us when we first made this journey.
First, it is good to know that this was a piece of godsend. Mel had dined in a local chain restaurant and entered into a lucky dip. Of all of his colleagues who were with him, it was only he who won a free pair of air tickets to – you guessed it – New Zealand!
With this auspicious start, it made budgeting for this journey more palatable financially, given that Mel was still progressing to complete his part-time degree studies. Yup, it was work and study! So like younger folks today who yearn to get out there even with limited budget, Mel & Suan scrimped and saved for this…
And soon, we were in New Zealand. On the first of a lifetime of travels together.
It was the island of ice and fire that we had journeyed to. The steaming ground reminds us that the earth is still active beneath us. Very. In fact hot springs were quite common, which in hindsight now, we are surprised there aren’t more “Onsen” like places on the North Island then. Perhaps folks were not eager to have hot naked baths, though we did see a few nudists at one of them hot springs…What did Mel & Suan see and do on their maiden voyage together? Read here to find out!
Have you been to New Zealand’s north island?