Traveling: Japan [Tokyo • Kyoto • Okinawa] - Hong Kong - New Zealand [North • South] - Australia [Gold Coast, Sydney📍]
Final day. Went around the neighborhood, visited the Botanical Garden, and crossed Sydney Harbor Bride.
Now it's time for me to go home after 2 months traveling, get a haircut and a job. A new adventure begins!
Day 62. Went to Bondi Beach and walked along the coastline to Coogee Beach (~14km return). I was in luck as the Sculptures by the Sea event had just started. Watched a game of cricket while having lunch.
After a short flight delay I'm here, Sydney, my final destination before going home.
Of course this had to be the first thing on my list. Great feeling standing in front of such an iconic building.
This is R & M. I met them briefly at Narita Tokyo Airport a while ago. Yesterday I was welcomed into their home, and got a personal tour of Brisbane and sounding areas. Good people.
Alter once again having flown over the southern alps, I'm now in Surfer's Paradise in Australia. Unfortunately the weather is not the greatest, so no beach life for me this trip :(
At least I can buy some exclusive candy here.
Arrived in Christchurch yesterday. It's all very interesting/fascinating/sad to walk around the city, which was demolished in an earthquake not long ago.
Many central buildings and areas are still being renovated or rebuilt. There are stores, cafés, and other functions being housed in containers and people seem to get along well. Also visited the Botanical Garden.
Now I'm off to Australia and hopefully some sun and warmth (doesn't look promising, unfortunately) before flying back home to Sweden in a week.
One thing I was really looking forward doing in Queenstown was to go on a helicopter for the first time. I was not disappointed!
It was really fun seeing the landscape from above. We flew over the mountain I hiked the previous day, and landed on a glacier. We continued flying next to the coast and in to Milford Sound.
First full day in Queenstown I hiked 3/4 of the Routeburn Track. The most beautiful hike I've ever done. Going through the valley, up ravines and mountain side, and eventually reaching one of the summits. 6,5h 13km round trip.
After having visited Franz Josef Glacier, walked through a swamp forest, visited beautiful blue pools, and driven on the highest main road in NZ, I've arrived in Queenstown, where I'm hoping to do some adventurous stuff (spoiler: it already happened!)
Went off the main road to find my way to Hokitika Gorge. Beautiful bridge over clear blue waters.
On he bridge I get a French girl who gave me the recommendation to take the Ōkarīto Trig Walk, not far from my next resting place. After walking uphill in a rainforest for a while I was treated to a beautiful view of the ocean on one side, and mountain range on he other. Nice place to have lunch.
After two rainy days I started my journey south, with mountains coming closer on one side, and the ocean on the other.
Made a brief stop at Pancake Rocks, before stopping at a small town called Greymouth to watch the sunset.
No rain is going to stop me exploring. After driving a winding road, walking through a rainforest, I arrived at Anapai Beach in Abel Tasman National Park. Wet but happy. (note: this was a few days ago)