Moments of Happiness on North Island, New Zealand

This trip took place eighteen months ago. It was February, I was just three months into my five month RTW trip and I was in the company of one of my best friends. It's a trip that I can remember better than most; I can quickly and easily conjure up the memories, the smells, the sights, that strangely wonderful feeling of being so very far from home.

In short, I spent twelve days touring both the South and North Island of New Zealand with Betty. We drove off the ferry to Martinborough, a small town in the middle of a lush wine region. Our next stop was Napier. Then followed Taupo, Rotorua and finally Auckland. These photos take me back to a string of places that all wildly exceeded my expectations. I've blogged about some of the things I did on the North Island, like learning the story behind the beautiful art deco architecture of Napier, finding out how the first tour guides of New Zealand were strong, charismatic Maori women and watching the moon rise.

I also reviewed the campsites of New Zealand (on both North and South Islands).

Frances M. Thompson

Londoner turned wanderer, Frankie is an author, freelance writer and blogger. Currently based in Amsterdam, Frankie was nomadic for two years before starting a family with her Australian partner. Frankie is the author of three short story collections, and is a freelance writer for travel and creative brands. In 2017, she launched WriteNOW Cards, affirmation cards for writers that help build a productive and positive writing practice. When not writing contemporary fiction, Frankie shops for vintage clothes, dances to 70s disco music and chases her two young sons around Amsterdam.
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