The end of vanlife

As most of you might have guessed by now, we no longer live in the van. Our four months in Wanaka have turned into eleven months and counting, and our van has mainly been collecting spider webs in the driveway apart from the month the parents-in-law took it out for a spin.  What happened? Long … Continue reading The end of vanlife



We've been living in Wanaka for six weeks now and here's what we've been up to! Daily life Ha, all of a sudden we have a house, and a job, and a two-day weekend again. I think Thomas had a bit of a shock, going back to work after not being employed for exactly a … Continue reading Routine


For two and a half weeks, we would be the proud sitters of a house in the middle of nowhere rural Canterbury, including two big, cuddly dogs and an outdoor cat. And a woodburner and a shower and an oven. To say we were excited is an understatement. The joys of a real house So … Continue reading Dogs


So we finally made it to Wanaka, which has been high on our list of places to visit ever since we started this trip. On arrival, we did our usual thing, which means walking around town, popping into the local visitors centre and getting a bit of a feel for the place. In the afternoon, … Continue reading Cold!


Equipped with all sorts of new gear, we drove out of Christchurch, keen to get our nature fix after having spent more than a week in the city. We kind of had a look at the weather forecast and there kind of was a good weather window, but to be honest, we were too keen … Continue reading Peel


The thing about vanlife is that everyday jobs are tricky. All those little chores we normally do in between work and dinner are a lot harder if you’re in the middle of nowhere, can’t visit your own GP or dentist or don’t have an address. So we just don’t do them, keep postponing them, tell … Continue reading Errands

Loving Lewis

Leaving Okarito, we drove back to the real world where there are things like supermarkets and dump stations and spent a day replenishing our water and groceries supplies. Since Thomas had come off his bike and hurt his hip, we made a last-minute call to change our plan from bouldering at Castle Hill to taking … Continue reading Loving Lewis