We have left New Zealand after 5 incredible months (*sob*). It feels a bit like leaving home with all our wonderful friends and family there. There is just too much to put into words so we thought we’d put it into numbers instead…
Beds slept in: 30
Hours spent on public transport: 59 1/2
(Yes it’s a car, but the closest photo we have of public transport!)
Beers (James): 104
Hours of yoga (Juliette): 276
Vineyards visted: 16
Volcanoes climbed: 6
Feijoa trees pruned: 300
Feijoas picked (James): 12 tonnes
Live rugby games: 2
Rugby games played (James): 1 Ribs fractured (James): 3
Dolphins spotted: 1 pod
Midnight swimming with sharks: 1
(Photo borrowed but same beach!!)
Emails received from immigration reminding us to leave: 1
Kiwis spotted: 0
Lavender pants potted: 400
Number of fish caught (James): 3
Distance walked: 1374.32km (The equivalent of London to Prague with 90km to spare!)
Yoga lessons taught (Juliette): 20
Sausages sizzled: 256
Here are a few of our favourite things about the kiwi way of life:
1. There is little that beats a cheese board and wine at 4pm.
2. Christmas is best spent camping.
3. The biggest threat to the country is the fruit fly.
4. The biggest TV personalities are called Dyls and Dylz.
5. You can surf and ski during the same day.
6. Avocados and pies are legitimate staples for any meal.
7. ‘Tiki trail’ is a great expression for which we have no alternative.
8. No one judges you for leaving work on time.
9. There is always a game of rugby on TV.
10. The locals are the nicest bunch you’ll ever meet.
Thank you for having us NZ and a huge thank you to all or friends and family who welcomed us and made us feel like we never wanted to leave, we already miss you.
And now for our next adventure – South America! First stop – Santiago, Chile.
Be back soon.
James and Juliette xoxo