New Zealand

February 6th, 2007

Booyakasha!!!  I made it to the land of the Kiwi.  Those crazy flightless birds.  I’m a couple days into a north island tour, hanging out in Raglan.  I only have 2 weeks in NZ, so i chose an action packed adventure tour that hits the best of north and south island, backpacker style. 

Apparently i’m not the only one who comes to New Zealand and wants adventure. There are tons of backpacker tour packages – hitting all the cool sites with a very casual vibe to it.  My first day in Auckland i arranged to go on Stray, one of the organizations that does more off-the-beaten-path types of things (but thats kinda what they all say).  But they have a good model – they have a predefined route where you’re allowed to hop on and off depending on how much you like a spot, and just want to kick it.  Sadly, i got no time to spare so i’m not doing much kickin’ it, but we got about 30 or so peeps with a few hopping on and off each night.  You can check my route in that nice purty picture – i paid $550 NZD, or about $385USD for 12 nights.

Internet is a bit more expensive here in NZ, plus my time is tight, so i don’t expect to update this too much while i’m here.  I’ll definitely give a shout out when i hit Sydney in the land of OZ.  Peace out, yo.