We decided to do a trip to Northland as a trial run with the van for a few reasons. We wanted to visit some friends living there. One of them has a workshop with woodworking machines, so Thomas could do some more van improvements. Also, driving north meant we would pass Auckland again on our way down, which would be our final chance to dump any unnecessary things in our storage unit.


So, how do we feel about vanlife two weeks after “moving in”? It’s definitely been a steep learning curve topped up by a giant jetlag, but we start to feel like we’re getting the hang of it. Here’s the good and the bad of our rollercoaster ride these first weeks.