Latest Wanderings

Things we'll remember about caravaning

After 75 days touring the South Island in an old '87 retro NZ caravan (in peak season), there's a few things we will remember for sure... Read more

Good things come to an end

We arrived 'home' to the North Island on Feb 28th, a good 75 days since we left, living in our caravan since Nov 24th. ☀️ 75 days 🚗 Almost 8,000km 🌲 31 different towns stayed in 😊Read more

Double the Retro

What do you get when you have two young families and two old retro caravans in the South Island? Two weeks of FUN!! You may have read one of our earlier posts that mentioned some friends who took 5Read more

Milford Sound

After our gravel road caravan dust bomb experience, we were REALLY thankful for some friends who extended their family's hospitality and let us park up at their Grandad's "Crib" in Manapouri.Read more


I never thought that Southland was a nice place... don't get me wrong, but I just imagined some sort of forgotten-about-bottom-of-the-island-farms that didn't have much going on for it. Wowzers...Read more

Life in a Caravan: 52 days in

Life in a caravan can be pretty cruisey – so long as you can get outdoors, get along with your spouse and have some space to relax! We’re loving it. You learn that you don’t need too muchRead more

The Catlins

Nothing much but some bush, beach and a handful of people… finally! We found a mint DOC campground, Papatowai, tucked along the coast line with access to a beach - we decided to base ourselves hereRead more

Cromwell/ Alexander Region

After a pitstop in Waimate again (to pick up Ridge), we headed down southward, towards the Alexander region. We parked up at a free overnight spot along Cromwell Gorge, where all the tourists park upRead more

Lake Pukaki, Mt Cook & Tekapo

We decided to call into Lake Pukaki for a night, so that we could spend a day up around Mt Cook. As we headed up the highway we picked up some fresh salmon from High Country Salmon. Yum!  There’sRead more

Lake Ohau

Leaving cloudy, grey Waimate (and Ridge for a few days), we headed out to the Tekapo-Twizel region. The sun broke out through the grey clouds we left in Waimate, as we cruised along the open roadRead more

Waimate - not your usual stop

Not many people stop in Waimate! It's not 'big' on the to-do list, but we have some good friends down there, so we parked up for a few days to catch up. The weather was less than desirable - we seem Read more

Crawling Arthur’s Pass

As the sun pushed its way through the heavy grey cloud, we were eastbound traveling into Arthur’s Pass from Greymouth. It’s a rather scenic route, with hills transforming into mountains steeperRead more


I never thought that Southland was a nice place... don't get me wrong, but I just imagined some sort of forgotten-about-bottom-of-the-island-farm. 
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The Catlins

No reception. No town. No traffic lights.

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Cromwell/ Alexander

We came upon Old Cromwell - a cute little historic area of the town.

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Pukaki / Mt Cook

Touring Mt Cook like a tourist, Lake Pukaki views and a couple days in Tekapo with giant pinecones.
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Lake Ohau

Lake water lapping at the pebbles, native birds chirping their morning songs and the stillness only quiet brings... 

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Waimate: why not?

Not many people stop in Waimate!   It's not 'big' on the to-do list...

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Arthur's Pass

As the heat temperature gauge touched the red line, a lookout rest stop came into view about 200m up the hill... will we make it?

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West Coast

The wild west coast of NZ ... rugged, wet, somewhat grey and peaceful. 

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Cape Foulwind

Just south of Westport is Cape Foulwind, a little spot on the coast line, with a lighthouse, a pub, 3 local dogs.

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St Arnaud / Nelson Lakes

An alpine snow-seeker haven in winter and a tourist hike mecca in Summer!
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Hitting the South: Ward Beach

We packed up, left our hometown and hit the road, one way to the Wellington Ferry!
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Taking the road less travelled

Time to tow this old girl! We're hitting the road to Wellington on Sunday, parking up at a Club...
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Life in a Caravan: 52 days so far.

52 days into our trip. Many more to go: What we are learning! Life in a caravan can be pretty cruisey ...
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Almost 8,000kms

And not a single vehicle breakdown! Things we've learnt along the way, and should you do this trip?
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From a house to a caravan

Hubby and I had a dream that we could see turning into reality, so we went after it. Touring the South Island in a caravan....
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Stuff on the 'gram

Finding stillness in a busy world...

I'm Nat and my hubby and I are on a 'sabbatical' of sorts - we've put our job/business on hold to take time out to live slow for three months and tour the South Island of our beautiful country, NZ. You'll find my notes on our wanderings along the way right here on the blog. Oh, and we're taking our 8mo puppy, Ridge, with us, so it'll be a fun journey with him too!

We have no set direction, just an inkling so come along and enjoy the ride via these stories!