A winter’s tale on North island

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?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

28 thoughts on “A winter’s tale on North island”

  1. It is so interesting reading that so many people are overawed with New Zealand. I love it too, but for us, it is a mere short 3 hour plane trip, so it doesn’t feel that special. (We are used to 10- 20 hour long hauls to get somewhere different!) I have loads of rellies in N.Z. and we often tease the Kiwis that they are just another state of Australia!!! Haha. We don’t mean it of course. The South island of NZ is pretty magical but the North has plenty to see too. Funnily enough, I have not been to Auckland. Like many other Aussies, we ski in NZ because it is less expensive than the Australian ski fields!!

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          1. That is interesting. When I go to Europe, I have stopovers along the way, and I try to see as much and as many places as I can when I am there given that it takes me 20 hours to get there. My friends accuse me of travelling like an American!! Yet you focus on one area just as they do. Different perspectives on travel.

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            1. Yeah, for each journey we usually do a lot of research. So it is very much about that country or region of a country. We like to focus on being there and not being waylaid by other exciting stopovers along the way!

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  2. I’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand. I follow a blog about overlanding in New Zealand and another by one of my friends who recently spent a few months there and found the love of her life. She moves there next month! When I was in college I had to opportunity to go, but the program was canceled before I had the chance. Too bad to say the least. The photos my friends and classmates came back with were astonishing. One day I’ll get there. Until then I’m busy exploring the Americas!

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  3. Just a wonderful stroke of luck that Mel happened to get not just one, but two air tickets XD Reminds me of how my parents, who were dating at the time, decided to marry after my dad won tickets to a Bermuda cruise that was only eligible for married couples. And I never knew New Zealand was so far away….

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