So many of you ask how do I keep myself in shape while on the go - no, actually nobody asked, but I’ll show you anyways.
Qucick 30sec something X4. That’s it.
The dumbbell shaped water bottle of NZ is a great thing ;) #vanlife#vanlifenewzealand#trainingonthego
I thought we can't be surprised no more with New Zealand's beauty and then we saw beautiful Mahia Peninsula in Hawk's bay!
There's more! :D We came on a day when they plan to launch a rocket first time ever in New Zealand and viewpoint is exactly where we are! :D Synchronicity at its best! :D
Basically, This is the best photo we got while trying to install the solar today 😂🍑 We’re still getting used to this whole taking pretty photos thing, Freddie/Doris/Betty/Stevie is so damn big it’s never possible to get her completely in one photo!
We went with two flexible solar panels to give us a combined 200watt solar system. From this, we’ll run our fridge and small electrical devices- laptop, phones, iPad, USB LED light strips mostly. Our cooker with broccoli gas powered, water is pump-as-you-use, and eventually we’ll have a diesel powered water heater. Learning about solar for us was a tad bit overwhelming but eventually we found the right people to walk us through exactly what we needed and what size system. We’re curious, what are your thoughts on solar if you have it in your van/house? Is it worth the investment?
Ps- it’s to the point where naming our van has become like naming a baby 🙈🙈😂 through a name out, test it out, change the name and repeat... any suggestions?!
1 165 December, 2019
Today's office 😎 👌
(Ignore the ugly curtains and old formica table, these are on our to do list!) #vanlife#hawkesbay
4 515 December, 2019
@jupitercampers - a family built and owned campervan rental company based in Christchurch NZ.
Designed by the current owners dad after 40 years experience in the caravan industry, they may look a little different but boy, are they functional. They’ve created a lot more space than you can imagine in a standard run around van similar in size to a Toyota Hiace.
Widening the body of the van to sleep comfortably East/West and raising the roof for additional beds, this van boasts 2 doubles and a single, a dining area, interior kitchen including sink and stove, a toilet and a shower. Yep, all that’s in there.
It’s not a motor home, it’s a campervan - so it’s easy to get around town and there’s no issue finding a car park or campground. With its self contained certification, we found camping throughout the South Island a breeze.
From airport pick up with a friendly smile right up until drop off, we had wonderful time exploring NZ with Jupiter’s.
From one van builder/renter to another we say thank you. We have learnt things from you that will help us continue to grow Built for Advanture and improve our own vanlife.
Vivir viajando simplifica enormemente nuestras prioridades; hace que nuestra atención se centre en lo simple, lo esencial. Ya no perdemos demasiado tiempo pensando en qué vestir o si las prendas combinan entre sí. En cambio elegimos aquellas que son cómodas y que están al alcance de nuestras manos. Si perfumarnos con el de marca nacional o importado se simplificó al aroma de mar que llevamos en nuestra piel con alegría. Tampoco contamos con una agenda cargada de compromisos ni planes que cumplir por el resto de la semana (o meses) como lo hacíamos antes. Ahora nos subimos a la marea y nos dejamos fluír con ella, dejando que las cosas simplemente sucedan. Ni siquiera nos preocupamos demasiado por saber cuál será el próximo destino porque confiamos en que el camino nos dejará en buen puerto. El momento de elegir serie para ver en Netflix también dejó de ocupar nuestro tiempo; nos dedicamos a mirar los paisajes sublimes que se presentan delante de nuestra vista, las estrellas, las salidas y puestas del sol. .
En esta forma de vida que estamos llevando nuestras prioridades se resumen en:
🍽 Qué comer. Lo que tenemos. 💦 Abastecernos de agua potable.
💤 Dónde dormir.
Incluso las duchas de agua caliente 🛀 y conseguir WIFI 👩💻 para avisarle a nuestra familia que estamos bien, es todo un lujo.
Estamos en Nueva Zelanda y queremos que seas parte de cada etapa de nuestra aventura 🙌.
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📍Playa Cathedral Cove en Hahei, Coromandel. Nueva Zelanda 🇳🇿. Uno de los sitios naturales más amados por los visitantes debido a su playa paradisíaca y roca majestuosa con forma de arco.
Cathedral Cove [11/19]
probably one of the most magical mornings ever ✨ got up at 4am to hike up to Cathedral Cove to see the sunrise. Although I have to admit I was doubting my decision trying to wake up in the middle of the night and hitting that snooze button seemed so tempting, I’m glad I got myself out of bed - it was so worth it!!! Seeing the first sun rays of the day, hearing the birds chirping and almost being alone (yes, there are more crazy people like me) - everything was so calm and peaceful and makes me appreciate life even more :) really trying to get up this early more often to seize the day properly 💛
* choosing less in a 🌎 of more • ✨ Katie & Sam ✨
(25, 26) 📍Bristol , UK 🇬🇧 Katie & Sam were both working in sedentary office jobs.
They weren’t feeling fulfilled staring at a computer screen all day, so they decided to quit their jobs so they could see some other parts of the world........
💸✧MONEY ✧ 💸
We’re not particularly good savers, but we just put away a few hundred pounds every month from our pay check for a couple of years.
We spent the majority of the money we’d saved while backpacking around Central America for 7 months so when we arrived in New Zealand we had just enough money to buy a van and not much more. We both have working holiday visas so were able to find agricultural work very quickly as there are plenty of seasonal jobs in New Zealand. This is how we plan to continue supporting ourselves here as living in a van enables us to save very effectively! We tend to work for a few weeks and then travel for a few weeks.
We felt we had become stagnant in the way we were working and living in the UK. Buying a van seemed like a perfect way to try a new way of living as it is accessible to everyone, even on a small budget. It’s an easy way to be able to explore a new country and sleep in beautiful locations that would normally be inaccessible.
🚐✧VAN LIFE & MINIMALISM ✧🚐
When we were living in England we had SO much stuff! Now having lived out of a backpack and a van for the last year it has opened our eyes to how little stuff we actually need to survive and be happy. We don’t have the space to have lots of luxuries but you definitely appreciate the ones you choose to have. We spend 95% of our life outside while living in the van and it’s definitely made us realise how much happier it makes you being outdoors. Even if we were to go back to not living in a van the experience will definitely have made us spend more time outside and will have altered the way we live for the better.
We’re going to stay in New Zealand for as long as our visa allows and possibly extend for another year (depending on how hard we find it to let go of the van!). Beyond that we don’t really have any fixed plans!
Hot Water Beach, New Chums Beach, Coromandel [11/19]
After the hike I drove along the coast from Thames up to Coromandel town (one of the most beautiful roads I have been on so far, right next to the Ocean) and slept at a beautiful reserve (pic 5). The next morning I first stopped at New Chums Beach (pic 3&4) which is supposed to be one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world - honestly, to me it was just another beach, I guess I’m spoiled :/ Next, I drove to Hot Water Beach where I dug my own hot pool. Was definitely worth the experience but I didn’t enjoy the masses of people present. Next time (with my parents) we will rather choose the tide at 4am in the morning to avoid the crowds 🌅 #vanlife#homeiswhereyouparkit#vanlifenewzealand#newzealand
1 3625 November, 2019
Lake Pukaki is the largest of three roughly parallel alpine lakes running north-south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin on New Zealand's South Island.