Kia ora, we are chris and alex
We have met each other on a fateful night in 2010 in a bar in Ponsonby, Auckland, whilst Alex was in New Zealand for a year-long overseas experience. We stayed in contact for the next 7 years, often wondering if there was more than friendship on the cards for us. Early 2016 we decided to find out and Alex booked a flight to New Zealand in April to visit.
After almost 1.5 years of long distance, Alex has moved from Switzerland to Auckland, New Zealand. Here, we now live and explore and would like to take you with us and give you valuable tips along the way for YOUR perfect active New Zealand trip.
Being a traveller and having worked in toursim for almost two decades, I know my way around the world. In 2009, I fell in love with this stunning country on the most beautiful end of the world and moved to New Zealand 8 years later. Here, you'll often find me exploring all things volcanic. Or on a kayak. Or a bike. Or...well, pretty much everything Aotearoa has on offer :-)
As a mountain biker, I love to discover the great outdoors on 2 wheels.
We will only write about discoveries and destinations in New Zealand we have seen with our own eyes and sometimes those that are on our bucket list. Discover Aotearoa is meant to inspire you with our stories and travel tips, not to sell you things we have no idea about. This is also why you'll currently find more info about the North Island. Alex has been to the South Island, but it's some time ago and things have probably changed since then.
What does Aotearoa mean?
Aotearoa is the Maori word for New Zealand. It literally means "Land of the long white cloud". It refers to the ancient story when the first men arrived from the pacific islands. The first thing they saw of their new world was a long white cloud which was different to the clouds they saw on the open ocean. It is said that the chief’s wife saw it first and yelled "He ao! He ao!" ("A cloud! A cloud!")
The country was renamed to New Zealand a few hundred years later by the dutch explorer Abel Tasman after the dutch province of Zeeland and is known with both names eversince.