I’m a little late posting about our 7th month on the road because I’ve been having so much fun! So here is a belated post about month number 7.
So month 7 started off in the Hawkes Bay in New Zealand. My sister, her husband, myself and Dan took a little road trip to Napier to sample some of the local wines and enjoy some quality time together before we left NZ. The trip down to Hawkes Bay started with a short stop off in beautiful Lake Taupo before arriving in sunny Napier in the afternoon. The first stop was Mission Estate winery which was beyond beautiful!
The weekend consisted of lots of wine tasting, delicious food, cycling and marvelling at the lovely art deco buildings in Napier.
The weather in Napier was just brilliant, the sun shone every day and we had such a blast. It is such a great part of New Zealand and I look forward to spending more time there in the future.
Our last week in New Zealand was a very quiet one because Dan had to get two wisdom teeth extracted that had been causing him problems during our travels. I won’t post a picture post surgery as he’ll kill me!
We visited Piha on the West Coast of Auckland one day with my parents, the view from Lion Rock was fantastic! Piha is such a great day trip from Auckland.
We caught up with our friends and family one more time before jetting out of New Zealand after spending two glorious months in the best country in the world (I may be a little biased).
Check out a video from my time in New Zealand
After a swift 10 hour flight from Auckland we arrived in sunny Buenos Aires in Argentina. We spent a week exploring this very European city and fell in love with it. We stayed in the trendy neighbourhood of Palermo and explored lots of the cafes, restaurants and street art.
La Boca is a colourful neighbourhood that we loved walking around and we loved watching the sunset from the balcony of our Airbnb apartment.
We caught a 44 hour bus from Buenos Aires to Rio for the famous Carnival. We had to catch a bus because the flights were £450 EACH ONE WAY! So this was really our only option and it was a tough one but we got through it and arrived into Rio for the madness.
Insanity is a good way to describe this place during Carnival, the party doesn’t stop all day, all night and all morning. The Brazilians have some serious stamina when it comes to partying and I loved it! We stayed in the party town of Lapa in Rio and embraced the Carnival celebrations and Bloco parties as well as we could.
A real highlight was of course the Carnival in the Sambadrome, the samba schools are all competing against each other to be crowned the winners and the floats, costumes, dancing and singing was just immense. A wonderful evening/morning spent at the Sambadrome.
On our last day in Rio we finally got out and about to see some of the sights. Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain and the colourful neighbourhood of Santa Teresa.
After leaving Rio, we joined our tour group and headed south to a cute little town called Paraty which has the most adorable doors, shutters and colours. We jumped on a boat trip to the nearby islands for a day and we even got unlimited caprihinas.
Month 7 on the road was filled with a little bit of sadness as I found leaving New Zealand really tough this time around. I think seeing all my friends and family was so amazing that it really hit home just how much I miss it and all of them. I was very teary leaving Auckland and even though I had so much to look forward to it never gets easy leaving home.
We are enjoying South America a lot, our Spanish is improving, we love empanadas and we are so lucky to have a brilliant tour group that we are enjoying getting to know.
Month 8 Plans:
Iguazu Falls – Argentina & Brazil