Where we’ve been and what we’ve been up to…

Hello from the South Island! We have been here now about 3 weeks, and still have a little over 2 more weeks to go in the South. We’ve been camping, hiking, reading, schooling, driving, beaching. We’ve spent time with good friends, (Ev’s buddies from university days), Nik Woolford, Jason, Jo Tilson, Craig Adams, Nic Leach and Brendan. We’ve been biking, touristing, playing the ukelele, juggling, rafting and occasionally getting eaten by sandflies. We’ve been sailing, took in a high ropes course at Outward Bound in Anakiwa, and took shelter in a cozy camper during a rain and wind storm. We’ve hiked on a beach you could only get to during low tide that was so beautiful and so rugged. We watched baby seals playing in a tidal pool on one of the prettiest beaches in the world. We’ve walked along deserted rail lines from old coal mining days. We’ve paddleboarded and gone swimming in warm lakes. We’ve met lovely travelers from all over the world and many wonderful New Zealanders. We’ve watched sunsets that were so pretty I could cry. Nature…my happy place. Ah, its been good. So very very good. This blog post is mostly pictures because these pictures say it all…put New Zealand on your bucket list.

Pics from the northern part of the South Island (many pics compliments of Nik Woolford!)

Pics from the West Coast of the South Island

A few pics from where we are now…

We are 6 months in, time has flown  but our travels in the south has slowed the clock down a little. We feel a bit like home here. Home away from home. (minus the snow)…

Sending love and warm sunshine…

Nicola xo


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I am excited to be heading out to see the world with my husband Evan and our two, soon to be adventuring kids, Jamey and Becca.

7 thoughts on “Where we’ve been and what we’ve been up to…”

  1. Glad to see you have all learned to fly, always a useful skill. You may want to consider extending your trip to four years, though it is exciting times here, and this may revive the center and left as a political force. Tom

  2. So beautiful!! What an amazing adventure! I’m afraid I would never leave.
    New Zealand has been on our bucket list for years… time to make a plan! Loving all the updates and the smiles!! Be safe in your travels

  3. WOW, so incredibly beautiful (both the scenery and the huge smiles)!! We look forward to your updates and pictures. Keep them coming.

    Have fun and stay safe! As always, say hello to Becca and give her a big hug for us.

    -Jessica & Alexa

  4. Great to hear you guys are doing so well and enjoying eachother and the ☀️☀️☀️!! Thanks for the post and the awesome pics!!

    1. That is great news Krista!! NZ is just awesome!! I miss you too, hope all is well with work and kids and life. xo

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