Liv Hambrett

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Travel: New Zealand

New Zealand Road Trip

A few years ago, in the summer of 2009, I went on a road trip around New Zealand with one of my closest friends. New Zealand had, admittedly, never really been on our list of places we had to see – we were both still in the throes of Europe-love and not nearly as appreciative of our hemisphere as we should have been. But there was a special on the plane tickets and we wanted to do something, so late one night, we clicked book and locked ourselves into a Kiwi road trip.

We spent two weeks driving around both islands in two 80s-esque cars that were an utter pain to hire because New Zealand seems to operate to the beat of an even more laidback tempo than Australia is reputed to. It was one of those trips you never forget, the kind you tell your kids about, the kind that comes with a dose of sweet nostalgia whenever you think about it.

I was thinking about it the other day when I realised I had never put any photos from the trip on this here blog. And I decided to remedy that.


  1. Daisy

    24 June, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I was lucky enough to go to NZ but it was a looong time ago, I was only 9 years old. It’s remained with me ever since & one day I would love to go back & appreciate it as an adult…while I’m there I’d want to see some Australia too!


    1. Liv

      25 June, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Do not go to NZ without popping across the water! But make sure you have plenty of time, there is a lot to see.

  2. dianasschwenk

    24 June, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Majestically beautiful! Reminds me a little of our own Canadian Rocky Mountains!

    1. Liv

      25 June, 2012 at 7:57 am

      I NEED to see more of Canada. Fact.

        1. Liv

          25 June, 2012 at 11:16 am

          I have, I have. But I have only seen Vancouver, Whistler and a bit of Victoria (so beautiful). I would love to go back for a bit, I have a lot of Canadian friends and they are really good people.

  3. emswim

    24 June, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Your photographs are beautiful! Seeing these definitely added one more place to my list!

    1. Liv

      25 June, 2012 at 7:56 am

      It’s worth it – just a hop, skip and a jump from Australia, kill two birds with one stone!

  4. cravesadventure

    24 June, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Loving your photos – thanks for sharing!

    1. Liv

      25 June, 2012 at 7:56 am

      You are so welcome, thank you for stopping by!

  5. hunting for bliss

    24 June, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I’ve always wanted to see New Zealand, but I haven’t been rushing to get there because every time I see photos of it, it looks too familiar…like home (Montana). That’s not a bad thing but I desire more to go to “foreign” places that are totally out of my norm. Great photos 🙂

    1. Liv

      25 June, 2012 at 7:56 am

      I have to say, I always sort of felt the same way. But I think NZ is super different to Australia but perhaps not so different to parts of the states and Canada, with its mountains etc. But if you can, go. The people, the colours, it is all just beautiful.

  6. thekaydays

    28 June, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    This place is absolutely breathtaking! I have always wanted to go there. Beautiful photos and wonderful post!

  7. meanderinglady

    25 July, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    very nice place!!!

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