Drifting around in New Zealand


My experience with the beauty of nature in Rotorua, North Island in New Zealand.

Home to the elusive kiwis, the place where the epic ‘LOTR’ movie series was shot, I spent my September drifting around in beautiful New Zealand.

Though I have considerably extensive travel experience, I had never backpacked before. A free-spirited friend of mine recently quit her job this year to travel in New Zealand and invited me to join her and so I jumped at the chance. I booked a budget flight to New Zealand and met her there, and together with another friend, a very cheerful German fellow called Rudy, whom she met while traveling there, we hitchhiked and backpacked around.

Though people say that the South Island in New Zealand is breathtaking, a place that I am particularly fond of is Rotorua in North Island. It is a place most recognized for it’s smell of ‘rotten eggs’ and thermal activity. But aside from the geysers, it’s also a place of breathtaking forests, lakes, and kindhearted people. We couch surfed for a few days in James’ place. We took walks around the red woods, had fun in the blue baths, did Zorbing, and strolled around the geyser parks. Looking back, those days seem so surreal.

Though I am already back here in Singapore, I still sometimes find myself dreaming about that lake in Rotorua.

If you haven’t been to New Zealand, you should because, I promise you will be smitten.

written by scrabbyknees on 2011-11-16 in #world #locations #new-zealand #rotorua #lomography-x-pro-chrome #uws #nikon-fe2 #select-type-of-location #escape-from-the-city


  1. tikismeekis
    tikismeekis ·

    great pics!

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    You're so right, NZ is a faboulous place to travel and discover, on both islands! And funny, as I was in Rotorua last July ... :))

  3. kiri-girl
    kiri-girl ·

    Kia ora from NZ! You've got some amazing pics!! Love it!

  4. scrabbyknees
    scrabbyknees ·

    thanks for the comment and likes! :)
    @vicuna totally agree! NZ's a great place!...

  5. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    u make me want to visit NZ

  6. scrabbyknees
    scrabbyknees ·

    thanks for the kind comments everyone! more photos of rotorua can be found here: www.lomography.com/homes/scrabbyknees/albums/1775722-trippi…

  7. cornelius_rost
    cornelius_rost ·

    Nice pictures!!

  8. megzeazez
    megzeazez ·

    Stunning photos! Great article.

  9. dearjme
    dearjme ·


  10. meryl
    meryl ·

    beautiful New Zealand

  11. charlotte-ayers
    charlotte-ayers ·

    you're right, we are pretty darn lucky down here.

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