On All Saints Day, we fly to the other side of the world.
James and I had our last day at work on Friday, and since then we've been sorting out all the final things we need to do before we go. Buying travel insurance, changing our addresses, finalising our itinerary, setting up a bank account, buying last bits... And then of course there's the whole process of reducing the things we own (through recycling and donations to friends and charity shops).
On 27 October we move out of Leyton to stay with James' parents in Kent. On 1 November we take flight.
And this, roughly, is our plan:
1st - Fly to Auckland (NORTH ISLAND)
3rd - 8th- Stay in and explore Auckland. Buy second hand camper van. Visit Waiheke Island. Visit Waipoua Forest
9th- Drive to Rotorua. See the geysers.
10th- See a bit more of Rotorua or visit coast at Bay Of Plenty.
11th - Drive to Te Kuiti. See the Waitomo Caves (glow worms)
12th - Drive to Lake Taupo
13th - 17th - Enjoy Lake Taupo / Tongariro
18th- Drive from Taupo to New Plymouth. (3.5hrs)
19th - 21st - Mt. Taranaki
22nd - 23rd - Drive down the coast to Wellington.
24th - 30th - Stay in Wellington
1st - Ferry Crossing to SOUTH ISLAND
2nd/3rd - Drive to Nelson (2 hours)
4th - Drive to Marahau Start of Abel Tasman Coastal Track
5th-9th - Abel Tasman Coastal Track. 4 days
10th - Nelson
11th - 22nd - WWOOFing (volunteer work on farm)
22nd - Stay at Alpine-Pacific Holiday Park, Kaikoura (campsite)
23rd - 26th Kaikoura Cottage Motels
24th - Ellie’s Birthday in Kaikoura - Whale Watching 7:15
25th- Christmas Day in Kaikoura.
26th - Drive to Christchurch
27th - 29th - Drive to Lake Wanaka staying in places along the way - including Lake Pukaki
29th - Explore Lake Wanaka (try find single tree), drive to Queenstown
30th - JAMES BURT DAY Queenstown
31st - New Year. Queenstown. Wake up to the New Year and mountains.
January and early February
21st - Drive to and arrive at Te Anau.
22nd - MILFORD TRACK BEGINS
23rd - WALK to Mintaro Hut
24th - WALK to Dumpling Hut
25th - 2pm Boat Sandfly Point to Milford Sound (20mins). - STAY NIGHT at MILFORD LODGE
26th - Bus back to Te Anau. Rendezvous with worldly belongings.
27th - Drive back to Milford to experience the drive + visit Lake Marion nearby?
March and beyond...