Off to New Zealand!

High everyone! Well, I am taking just over a week’s break in November, and the exciting news is that I will be headed to my 71st country, New Zealand. Yes, you’d think that an Aussie would get to New Zealand before they were 40, especially a traveller, but somehow it just never happened. I did have a couple of hours in Auckland Airport in 1999, but I don’t count that as a visit (and nor should I!)

Whakarewarewa Thermal area, Rotorua, New Zealand. Pohutu Geyser.

Whakarewarewa Thermal area, Rotorua, New Zealand. Pohutu Geyser.

How did this all come about? I was putting my head down and as some may know, I’ve been working around 90 hours a fortnight since I came back from Myanmar and Thailand. I’m pretty close to worn out to be honest and I think, despite my plans for South America next October (2016) being at the forefront of my mind, I realised that working like crazy until then was going to end badly for me.

Doctor-Who-Festival-Sydney-November-2015

Plus, Doctor Who. What? Okay, so the Doctor Who festival is coming to Sydney in November. And I thought I’d like to go. What? Still not following? Well, my wife said she’d rather go to New Zealand than Sydney for a week, and I thought ‘why not do both?’

So, two days in Sydney. I haven’t really got any decent photos of Sydney or experiences to blog about, so even with only one day for being a tourist (other day at the festival) I’ll at least be able to see a few of the usual places and add to my photo collection.

Auckland city, Westhaven Marina and harbour view, Auckland, New Zealand. From iceangels.co.nz

Auckland city, Westhaven Marina and harbour view, Auckland, New Zealand. From iceangels.co.nz

Rotoua - From skyline.co.nz

Rotoua – From skyline.co.nz

From there I will venture to Rotorua for four nights and Auckland for two. We’ll take in some thermal spas, see a traditional dance, see where hobbits come from and resist the urge to bungee jump! It promises to be whirlwind, but at least it’s a break!

So, I have something to look forward to before the end of the year. How about you? Who has travel plans before 2015 is out? Please comment! May the Journey Never End!

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