It seems when the world stood still, I did not!!
When the borders closed back in March 2020, the thought of no overseas holidays for an indefinite length of time was daunting for me and anyone like me who has a passion for travel. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to explore the world – just looking back over the 100+ blog posts from the last 4 years is a good indication of that lol
But, looking back at it now, what an amazing opportunity it has been to explore New Zealand. I may have got around to many of my trips at one point or another, but certainly not so soon …. It was also a great opportunity for kiwis to enjoy some of the main tourist sites without them being swamped with international tourists.
I’ve travelled solo and in groups. I have travelled from the far north to the far south, from east to west coasts and back again. I have gone on retreats, trips with friends, old and new, and family. I’ve travelled by car, plane, helicopter, bus, boat, bike and foot. I have stayed in hostels and huts, hotels and motels, ship cabins and let’s not forget camping and glamping. I have hiked in the mountains, the coastlines and the bush, spotted kiwis and other native birds and wildlife in the wild and I have chased sunrises, rainbows, reflections and waterfalls all over the country.
Of course, just because the borders are opening and I am counting the days till I am back out in the world exploring, it does not mean my days exploring my beautiful homeland are over. It has truly been a blessing in disguise to have this special time and I will continue to explore New Zealand, just interspersed with international explorations ❤️ Thanks New Zealand for the beauty and joy you continue to give me.
And with only a few short weeks till I head off on my first international expedition for some time, normal blog service will resume shortly😂
(I think I did a lot of travel but when I look at the map below there is clearer a lot more to do lol)
- June 2020 – MacKenzie Country, South Island
- July 2020 – Glacier Country, South Island
- August 2020 – Kamamea/West Port, West Coast, South Island
- October 2020 – Akaroa & Flea Bay, Banks Peninsula, South Island
- October 2020 – Rakiura/Stewart Island
- November 2020 – Waikino, Waikato, North Island
- November 2020 – Unseen Fiordland and Stewart Island expedition Cruise, South Island
- December 2020 – Tasman District, South Island
- January 2021 – Picton & the Marlborough Sounds, South Island
- April 2021 – Dunedin & the Catlin, South Island
- April 2021 – Wellington, North Island
- May 2021 – Bay of Plenty, North Island
- June 2021 – Wanaka, South Island
- July 2021 – Bay of Islands, North Island
- November 2021 – Rotorua to Taupo, East Cape Road trip, North Island
- December 2021 – Mt Cook & Tekapo, South Island
- March 2022 – Wellington & the Wairarapa, North Island
- June 2022 – Fiordland, South Island
- August 2022 – Mt Cook & Tekapo, South Island
2 thoughts on “The Covid years … when the world stood still”
Wow, this IS impressive Elaine!! You certainly want places in NZ, making the most of this crazy Covid time! Well done, good on you as the locals say :-)!
LOVE your photos – as always stunning, and beautifully presented. I may not always leave a comment Elaine, but I (almost) always read and admire your blogs.
Thanks Jurg – still so much more to see and do (sadly so little time and money 🤣). I am glad you enjoy them and hope you are doing well