New Zealand #0 – The Adventure Begins [29.12. – 31.12.]

Today I start with a new blogpost series about traveling. In January I have been to New Zealand and in about 40 days I have visited both the south and the north island. It’s been a lot of fun, and I will share with you some of my photos, thoughts and travel tips.

When I started my journey in Germany, it was heavily snowing and the plane left Frankfurt Airport with delay after being de-iced. Unexpectedly I got an upgrade to business class:

On my flight from Frankfurt to Dubai I got an upgrade to business class.
On my flight from Frankfurt to Dubai I got an upgrade to business class.

It was nice being served champagne and cocktails and having so much space to lounge around, but I don’t think I would ever pay for first class. It is way too expensive for me!

The delay from Frankfurt messed up the complete schedule as we arrived in Dubai after our plane went off to Australia. Hence I had hours to spend at Dubai Airport in the middle of the night before flying to Bangkok.

Dubai Airport in the middle of the night.
Dubai Airport in the middle of the night.

From Bangkok, next stopover was Sydney, Australia. It was New Year’s Eve and I still wasn’t on a plane to Christchurch, New Zealand. In Sydney, our gate was occupied by staff and passengers for a flight to Birmingham which delayed our timetable even more. Half in delirium and after more than 40 hours of journey we got shuttled to a plane – originally I should have been in Christchurch after 36 hours.

This is Sydney, seen through the windows of the airport shuttle bus.
This is Sydney, seen through the windows of the airport shuttle bus.

I arrived in New Zealand after … I really don’t know after how many hours. My departure was on Monday 29th at three in the afternoon and I arrived on Wednesday 31st at six in the evening and had yet to go to the accommodation. The rental car was no longer available because of the public holiday, and my room reservation had been switched to another accommodation. Like a zombie I took a taxi to town. The very friendly taxi driver saved me from starving – you must not take any food with you when going to New Zealand – and gave me some bananas.

Twelve hours ahead of CET I did not stay awake for New Year’s Day. I collapsed exhausted into my bed and waited for the jetlag.