With almost 150 islands, many of which are undeveloped there's truly a lot to explore in Bay of Island waters. Per local recommendations we took off from the Bay of Island mainland and started out with a visit to the biggest island of them all: Urupukapuka. Known as a tranquil, bird-full and predator-free island with enough tracks, bays and beaches to explore in more than one full day.Read More
Another one of the very highlights of this summer has been our involvement in some of the annual music, culture & lifestyle festivals which New Zealand is so famous of. Every summer, Kiwis and visitors gather for festivals of all sizes and in all regions of the country. Whether your heart beats for food, music, wine, dance, spirituality or local Maori culture rest assured there's a festival here you'll love.Read More
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It's 16 days from winter in NZ but you wouldn't believe it here in the Mount on a beautiful sunny morning like today...
We've just entered our 2 last weeks in New Zealand and will soon be off to DENMARK AND EUROPE! We've had an amazing 6 months here touring around this beautiful country - check some of my blog posts from our travels in New Zealand here.
Planning our last month here before we're heading to Europe one of the spots we really wanted to hit was The Pinnacles mountain range on the Coromandel Peninsula. A famous 1-2 days walk through beautifully rugged mountains and located just a couple of hours drive from our current home in Mount Maunganui. And as it's on the way to Auckland it was perfect to combine with last week's mission up there for a Shanghai-reunion event - a bit of calm before the storm, if you will...Read More
After today I'm pretty sure that the best way to celebrate Mother's day is by celebrating our mothers and mothers in law outdoor - being surrounded by Mother Nature herself.Read More
This week I started my first ॐ Shanti Habits Yoga get-together here in the Mount. My idea is to casually get friends and friends of friends together for some sunset yoga flow before it gets too cold for those amazing outdoor experiences. It's already a bit chilled so the yoga style is mostly active (yang) and of course calming (yin) towards the end. In this way we make sure our body & mind follow the natural cycle of the universe: day and sunlight is yang and active so we should feel and be active. Night and moon is yin so we should feel and stay calmer...Read More
It's getting a tiny bit colder in NZ as autumn is approaching. It's so weird to be in April and talk about autumn weather & wind - April equals spring time & light time in my head of the Northern hemisphere... Fortunately there's still heaps of amazingly nice sunny days here in Bay of Plenty on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island (the location of Mount Maunganui, Leon's childhood home). Same goes for Waikato & the King Country which is the neighboring region to the West and last week we decided to go on a mission. A mission to visit one of Leon's favorite surf spots in NZ and a mission to explore an area I haven't been to yet: Raglan and surrounding nature...Read More
It's Easter and it's lovely. Even without big Easter traditions, Easter beliefs or Easter expectations there's just something about this long weekend. It's holiday time, it's time to get together and it's time to celebrate.Read More
Taranaki was one of the last main areas of New Zealand for me to visit. Planning our trip here made me realize that during the last 2-3 months we've literally been all over this stunning island country... From Middle to South to West to East and to the far North. And that goes for both New Zealand's South and North Island... The freedom and possibilities when traveling in a van in New Zealand are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Especially when you're all about simple living, super flexible and not too fussy about most things. Just like me and Leon... Leon for sure, I'm still learning. More on that later and back to our Taranaki adventure...Read More
Abel Tasman National Park and Coastal Track is such a beautiful area of NZ (I have the feeling I'll be writing this sentence a lot) with some amazing views of the big Tasman ocean a long the wayRead More
We've reached the South Island where we'll spend the next month exploring from North to West to South to East. Check in here on Shanghaihabits for daily updates from NZ's beautiful South Island!
From East Cape exploration & first-week-camping fun we're heading down south. A few destinations to see before crossing waters and arriving on the South Island! Here I'm sharing some moment from our days on the road heading down south through the Viking city Dannevirke and other cool destinations.Read More
Last day of 2015 was the first day of our New Zealand summer road trip. Surfboards and yoga mats packed down in our new old van and we have over 2 months to explore Leon's beautiful home country. We're on the road now and here sharing some destinations and moments from our first week on the road of the North Island...Read More
A very Merry Christmas from Leon's family home in New Zealand: Mount Maunganui. This year I'm having a warmer, a brighter and a very different Christmas than what I'm use to. But what it doesn't have of Danish traditions, it certainly has in color - an amazing Christmas mix of Swedish, American, Kiwi & Danish.Read More