I have wanted to do a New Zealand road trip for a long time and now I am sitting in my van on the side of a beach watching the sunset from my bed. It seems so far away from home but at the same time it seems so familiar; the landscape, the people, the food. Familiar but I have to get used to being on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. There are parts of me that think I shouldn’t be doing this. Is it the money? The time away from home? Away from my girlfriend and family? But in the end, we regret the chances we don’t take. Now, this is my life and I’m starting to get comfortable with it. Sitting around reading, driving from place to place and taking photographs is really what I want to be doing but it takes a little time to get used to the slower pace of life.
I started off in Auckland with a few days spent looking for a vehicle that I was going to live in for the next month or so. Auckland is perched on the northern coast of the country but to tell you the truth I couldn’t wait to get out of there. Cities just don’t do it for me. I searched the message boards for days and eventually met up with Anna and Rob; a kind German couple who had converted their van into a self-contained vehicle while they did their New Zealand road trip, which allows you to camp almost anywhere even if it’s just off the side of the road. Once I test drove the van and I knew I wanted it because of its manageable size, reliability and that it had the most comfortable bed in the back. It was also hard to think that this was going to be my home for the next little. I was so happy to hit the road even though it was difficult getting used to driving on the left-hand side, which I haven’t done for about 12 years outside of being on the back of the scooter. I was dying to get out of Auckland and to get in the flow of living life on the road.