Can you guess which one of us is a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings?
On Coromandel Peninsula you can find a bit of every thing: rocky beaches on the east, sand beaches on the west and in between the typical cattle fields interrupted by rain forest!
Happy New Year!
This was the most relaxed New Year’s Eve since years – we were sleeping in the airplane!!
There was no champagne, no high heels, no stress in deciding where and when to spend it (and with who!) – the New Year arrived just like that !
We left Chile on the night of 30th December and arrived to Auckland, NZ on the 1st of January 2015!
One must-do activity in Auckland is to visit one of the many islands around by ferry, we chose Rangitoto Island!
This is an uninhabited volcanic island where visitors can walk over lava fields and through lava caves (tubes left behind by the passage of liquid lava). Vegetation varies from ‘raw’ lava fields to scrub and sparse forests including the largest pohutukawa forest in NZ. The lava fields have a distinctive black colour which was very intriguing to see!
The island can be seen from Auckland due to its distinctive symmetrical volcano rising 260 m above sea level,
On the island we started to see the NZ icons: silver fern and pohutukawa! These two plants are a symbol of NZ and can be seen anywhere throughout the country!
According to a NZ friend (Hi Rachel!), January is the time the Pohutukawa start blooming so we were lucky to be here at the right time, they are known as the NZ Christmas tree (due to its red flower).
This is the story of a couple who fell in love and traveled together around the world for 10 months.
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We finished our trip!
We are now back in Portugal and new posts are heading this way! (Aug 2015)
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