A country to fall in love with | New Zealand

About three years ago, we have done a trip around the world and totally fell in love with this wonderful country. (Postings from the past, here and here) New Zealand reminds us a little bit of Austria with the difference that a deep blue ocean is attached to the endless of beauty in the nature.

We were very sure that we will be back one day and once we started planning our recent trip around the world, we knew we want at least another month of traveling in one of these cool camper vans.

Coming from a short stay over in Sydney, which we spend with our dear friends (Patricia and Alex from we landed in Auckland and found a great hospitality at Kate and Jonathan Holland’s place. Some of you will know Kate from her amazing work with Magnolia Rouge, blog and magazine.

They are amazing and we had a couple of fun days with them before we hit the road in a crazy camper van from Escape Rentals. Just like the one we had three years ago.

Since we did not get any further north of Auckland during the first visit we had new territory to explore. WOW and we found STUNNING places on this relatively small area on the northern island.

Those lonely, endless beaches and countless bays with turquois colored water and white sand made us speechless more than once. We were driving on the beach (90 mile), riding sand dunes and counting sheep. Seriously, the far north of New Zealand blew our minds and even painted the already beautiful picture new.

Coming from a country like Austria, we have seen a lot of beautiful night skies and millions of stars, but the nights we experienced this time were so crystal clear and impressive, that we hardly wanted to sleep. We lack of superlatives!

Spoiled with such amazing experiences and great weather we headed further down to the most south point of the northern Island to meet some special people again. Wellington! Three years ago, we met Peppo and Gil, an elderly couple we lost our hearts to. We wanted to know how they are doing and spending some time with them. They are the loveliest people in this world. The love for each other seems to be the maximum possible. If we only can be like this when we get old and care for each other like they do!

Their son and daughter in law also got friends of us and it was one of the highlights in New Zealand to meet and hang out with them. Thank you guys for the fun time!

It was about time to head back to Auckland again and meet our friends Nadia and Eddy. Our very own big wedding day got closer and we could not wait to elope on Waiheke Island on 12. February 2014.

Yes we did it and if you would like to see how that looked like, Nadia had produced some of her best work till date and we couldn’t be happier of how she treasured our love for us forever. If you have not seen it yet, be sure you check out her post after you finished reading and looking here below :)


Happily ever after! Love from Munich

Carmen and Ingo

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    Urška Majer
    13. May 2014 at 13:49

    Wow! These photos are gorgeous :)

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    michela magnani
    13. May 2014 at 13:51

    Beyond amazing. simply incredible!

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    13. May 2014 at 13:54

    Ohh, ihr habt Baby-Kiwis gegessen. Habe sie letztens gegessen und war wirklich fasziniert, wie Kiwis nur klein und vor allem so leicht zu essen. Wunderbare Fotos! Sieht alles so traumhaft aus und lässt mein Fernweh direkt wieder größer werden…

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    13. May 2014 at 13:57

    Sehr schöne stimmungsvolle Aufnahmen. Leider war ich bisher noch nie in Neuseeland, aber ein klein bisschen erinnert es an die Azoren.


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    13. May 2014 at 14:26

    einfach nur wunderschön !!!!

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    13. May 2014 at 14:37

    Einfach nur GENIAL!!!!! Ihr seid die BESTEN!!!!!!

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    13. May 2014 at 15:23

    ahhhhh…..memories <3 Ich kann mich gar nicht entscheiden, welches mein Lieblingsbild ist :) Ich nehm alle. Love you!

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    13. May 2014 at 15:27

    Ihr zwei macht uns immer wieder aufs neue Fernweh!! New Zealand ist absolut ein Land das noch auf unserer Liste steht!! :-)

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    13. May 2014 at 15:33

    Wow so so schön ! Echt da kann ich gut verstehen, dass ihr euer Herz an dieses Land verloren habt. Einfach wunderschöne Bilder.

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    13. May 2014 at 16:49

    These pictures make me want to pack my bags and go… with joy in your heart!

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    13. May 2014 at 17:14

    W O N D E R F U L – thanks for sharing!

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    13. May 2014 at 20:58

    Ein Traum! Ihr wisst einfach wie ihr mit euren Fotos Sehnsüchte weckt… Der Hammer! Und so ein wunderschönes Land… Hach, Reiselust, Fernweh, Sehnsucht… Ihr habts geschafft und mich mal wieder total mitgerissen mit den Bildern :)

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    Michaela Janetzko
    13. May 2014 at 21:42

    Wow, this is sooo amazing. Thank you for the amazing little journey to New Zealand!!! Great work. Love it.

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    Tanja Kibogo
    13. May 2014 at 23:47

    Really beautifully captured! I enjoy looking at your travell pics. Cant wait to see Hawaii ;)

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    14. May 2014 at 9:22

    Oh mein Gott – Ich muss dort sofort wieder hin!!
    Was für Aufnahmen, wirklich traumhaft.

    LG Falk

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    14. May 2014 at 9:52

    ohhh, ich kann Euch so gut verstehen, wir haben uns 2009 unsterblich in Neuseeland verliebt…great country, great people…

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    20. May 2014 at 8:22

    Oh my God! I am totally homesick right now!!!!!!! I lived there three years and still thinking about going back- Home is where the heart is! :) A wonderful Country with the most wonderful people. You captured both perfectly!

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    Vanessa Esau
    9. June 2014 at 21:44

    Wie langsam ich mir gerade jedes einzelne Bild angeguckt habe und dabei versucht habe mich nach Neuseeland zu denken. Es sind so wunder-, wunderschöne Bilder! Ich liebe eure Blickwinkel! Großartig ihr zwei! Liebste Grüüüüße aus Detmold!

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    25. June 2014 at 17:04

    Wünderschöne Fotostrecke! Besonderes hat es mich gefreut, dass euch Northlands gefallen haben, dieser Teil von Neuseeland wir von den Reisenden oft ausgelassen, dabei ist es so schön dort! Und dieses unglaubliche Abendlicht dort! Danke für diese schönen Erinnerungen!

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    14. July 2014 at 15:39

    I am so absolutely in love with your pictures and your style of photography <3
    I can't stop smiling…thank you both for that.

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    Nastassja Harvey
    8. January 2015 at 23:24

    These are so beautiful!!

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