New Zealand Road Trip | Van Life Lake Rotorua to Taupo

New Zealand Road Trip | Van Life Lake Rotorua to Taupo


Are those my shades? What happened? Alex….Where were they? In your shoe, the whole time? Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome back to the channel. I’m Alex aka @Alexthevagabond. I just woke up. I had a coffee, hence… the reason that I’m speaking at a million miles a minute, but it’s like day four for us in New Zealand. We took a little bit of a vacation for a few days. I know that’s kind of ironic seeing as how we’re travel vloggers. This is Carrie Rad, my fiancee. She’s eating pretzels for breakfast because it’s Van Life. You don’t really eat real meals. You just snack all the time. Are you having fun so far? I am. This is our first morning after our first evening of van life-ing, and I’m feeling pretty good. This will be our home for the next two weeks. It’s a Toyota Hiace. Probably late 90s model. This is our couch area, slash sleeping area, slash living area. We can eat here. I actually quite love this so you can swing it around You can have dinner like this across from each other and then you could just put it back and use it as a side table, if you’d like. It’s also removable so you can unscrew it there, put on the ground. The wood plank here folds back and then you move these pillows and you create a little bed situation. It is quite large, actually. These are like…cooking. So there’s a dirty water.. gray water, I think they call it. This is how you pump the water. It’s not easy. That’s the clean water. We’ve got some utensils and such, some dishwashing stuff. We’re going to be driving this thing essentially from Auckland all the way down to Christchurch. We’ll be stopping along the west coast. We’re going to take the ferry across from Wellington to Picton, a little bit later in the journey. But today the goal is leave Rotorua and make our way to Lake Taupo. We’re going to do a little bit of fly-fishing and then the day after tomorrow in the next video, we’re going to be doing the Tongariro Crossing. So join us, stick around. It’s going to be fun. That’s pretty much it. I think on that note, it’s time to get the hell out of here. This is probably one of the most touristy places on the North Island. It’s also nicknamed the Sulfur City because it’s essentially New Zealand’s most geothermally active location. There’s a huge sulfur vent over there that leaks into the lake and creates this really beautiful effect. But it does make the whole city smell a little bit like rotten eggs. But that being said, it’s still a beautiful place to visit. If you’re into mountain biking, this is one of the best places to do that in New Zealand. But over the years it has become a little bit popular with tourists. The Maori revered Rotorua’s geothermal waters They actually called it “wai-o-tapu” or sacred waters, and there are many places to bathe if you’re into hot springs. But unfortunately, we’re not going to have too much time hanging out here. We’re just stopping through, but if you do come to Rotorua, it’s definitely worth stopping in, checking out. We’re going to be hopping in the car and driving down into Taupo. That big truck can, but we can’t. I have to go back at it, around the other way. We’re going to flip. We’ve made it to Taupo and ah…oooo No, that’s not going to work. Lovely. That’s what I needed. We’re stuck. So this is totally not a four-wheel-drive car. No, no. Now they’ve called in the reinforcements. Look at this. There you go. That’s what we needed. That looks more like it. That’s what should have happened in the first place. I believe in you. We got this. Oh my god. That was intense. I did not expect to have such a little adventure just to make a left turn a couple hundred meters away to park in the lot for the fishing. Well, we’ve made it to Lake Taupo area. The lake is just over on the other side of the road from us. But Lake Taupo has tons of different rivers and streams that feed into it. It’s one of the largest lakes in New Zealand, and it’s the largest lake in the North Island of New Zealand. But we’re surrounded by this beautiful forest. We have some pine trees. We’ve got native bush so we can hike up footpaths along the river, and there’s plenty of really good fly-fishing. So we’re going to set up our rods and throw on some waders, and then take a little hike up the river to see if we can’t catch any fish. Managed to get all switched over. We’re in our waders. It’s hot, a really nice summer day. We’re here in the beginning of March, but we’re kind of having a little bit of a heat wave here. Super fun being able to share this with Carrie. She’s also an avid fly fisher, but has never fished in New Zealand. It’s really nice because it’s super still right now. And in New Zealand it’s usually quite windy, so we’re really lucky right now. We just have to be super quiet because I guess this water here is really, really, really clear. So we have to go in stealth-mode. One thing about fly-fishing is there are a lot of little tedious tasks to get to the good part of the day, which is actually fishing. But there’s a lot of little things you have to do to get there. But it’s all worth it in the end. Like Carrie said fly-fishing can be kind of a pain in the butt because there’s a lot of steps. There’s a lot of knots that you need to know. You need to understand all of your equipment but essentially the reason you have the big long rod and all of the line is because you’re using the weight of the fly line…. this to catapult your line out when you’re essentially loading the rod and unloading it to cast. Whereas with a traditional spinning rod, you just kind of like flip the switch on the thing and throw some weight on there and chuck it This kind of requires a little more finesse and the goal is to take your fly, which is called a fly because it’s actually imitating a a type of fly or insect to land on the water and imitate that insect so that the fish thinks that your fly is actually a real fly and eats it. Sounds simple. Trust me, it’s not. Okay, well it’s about 6:00 p.m. We’ve been on the river now for about two hours. It’s just absolutely beautiful. There’re all sorts of birds… like a little shag flying overhead The tui’s are just making the coolest sounds The tui bird is a indigenous bird to New Zealand, but they just have the most unique call that their sound is just incredible. There’s been a bunch of tui’s up in the trees here talking back and forth. A lot of action, a lot of fish rising for dry flies, but they’re kind of selective and we haven’t been to a fly shop yet. So we’re using flies that we have from back home in California Carrie’s had about three or four strikes. She’s hooked one fish. I’ve yet to hook any… Gotten a couple of strikes. I’ve been kind of mixing and matching, trying different flies. It’s just an absolutely beautiful place, and it feels so good to be back out here on the river. So zen. I caught one, but he got away. But I set the right way, which is good, but I didn’t reel him in the right way, but that’s one step further than not being able to set correctly. So I’m happy with that. All right, ladies and gentlemen, it has been a long day. It’s been a super long day, but it’s been a really fun day, and hopefully you all enjoyed it as much as I did. I had a great time. Beautiful part of New Zealand up here in the central part of the North Island, Lake Rotorua, Lake Taupo. We didn’t really get up to too many touristic things. I think that, um….. I’ve been in New Zealand a lot of times over my life. My dad’s from New Zealand. I’m a Kiwi citizen as well as an American citizen. I studied abroad here, lived down in Dunedin. I came back and did essentially every single touristic experience you could do during the Biggest Baddest Bucket list back in 2013. And this trip is is kind of like the opportunity to revisit New Zealand and really get off of the the tourist track, the beaten path and do a lot more outdoorsy activities versus tourist experiences. So tomorrow on that note, we will be heading to the Tongariro Crossing. It’s one of New Zealand’s great walks. It’s been called the best day hike in New Zealand and potentially the best day hike in the world. We’re going to be crossing up and over a volcano. It’s going to be really, really awesome, but it’s a long hike. I think it’s definitely twelve plus miles. Tomorrow morning we’re getting picked up. You have to take a shuttle essentially drops you off at one side and picks you up on the other side of the hike. The shuttle picks us up at 6:00 a.m. sharp here in the little caravan park. So we have to try to get some sleep. We have to be totally prepared. So I’m going to put the camera down. I’m going to start packing, get all of my hiking stuff together, prep all my camera gear for a big day tomorrow, but it’s going to be a super fun one. So hopefully you enjoyed this video. If you did, you know what to do: give it a big thumbs- up, subscribe, turn on notifications, if you have not already. And as always, remember, stay curious, keep exploring, and we will see you on the road. Peace.

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    Lauren Aida

    It looks like you guys had such a fantastic trip! Thank you so much for sharing it! I can't wait to see more of the hike. I also wanted to point out that it's important to talk about Indigenous peoples and heritage in the present tense ❤️

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    Maria Czarzasty

    I am nature lover and New Zealand is my dream destination, but will one day can afford to travel there? Thank you so much for wonderful video. 🙏 We always can enjoy nature which surround us… Happy Easter to both of you.🐣🐰

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    K A M Y A

    I love living in New Zealand, everything is beautiful and you can drive 10 minutes in ANY direction and you arrive at a beach.

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    kalsey goodall

    really amazing pronunciation of our cities dude! Im always excited to see your reviews and travels of little old newzealand

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    Wanderlust Awe Syndrome

    I left my ❤ in New Zealand!!! I must return to get it back, will be difficult as NZ charm will keep me there.

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    Princess Wears Hiking Boots

    Nice video Kiwi boy! and Carrie!! So glad you are heading to the volcanic plateau to do the TAC. Have you been up to the summit of Mt Ruapehu? – it's an other worldly NZ gem – the top is quite unexpectedly awesome. This is my favourite area of NZ and that's saying something since NZ has sooh much beauty. The outdoors is spectacular. Ciao .😀

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    kelstonify

    Iv watched you and your bro for ages! Now you have been to my country… the land of the long white cloud AOTEAROA! I’m luvin you guys sick! Hope you enjoyed our country

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    kelstonify

    Nice MacPac backpack! Also your pronunciation is choice! Nice effort! Better than some nz news readers, and you’re Americans! ✊

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    Gabriel Traveler

    NZ looks seriously beautiful. Great place for nature adventures. Towns look a little boring but I'm sure there's fun to be had.

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    Andrew Bristoe

    Close to my bucket list whatt …..falls near gisbourne long word BIG EPIC waterfall body boarding although would be jealous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and one more! correction RERE i think a w river ?

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    Maddy Carne

    I live in Christchurch, more specifically a little place called Lyttelton, which I would recommend visiting!! Theres a little walkway near where I live which takes like 30 min to get to the top, its called the urumau reserve trail and the best way to access it is from reserve terrace, theres a gate at the bottom of the reserve between number 76 and 72. The view climbing up is amazing too! And if you feel like it you can go higher and theres some interesting bunker things up there, and more views of course, also its a local secret, which means no tourists. Check it out if you can! (if you're still in NZ)

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    Freijah Hawes

    I very highly recommend a trip to Eastbourne, which is directly on the opposite side of the Wellington harbour. It’s a gorgeous small coastal village with loads of bush walks and things to do. It’s also where I live!!

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    Unofficial Bucket List Family

    Awesome!! We love New Zealand 🇳🇿 we are lucky b/c my wife is from New Zealand so we go often

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    Kids' Perspective Family Travel

    Lake Taupo is beautiful and you can do freedom camping at few spots around the lake. We did it and it was awesome!

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    Amanda Lynn

    When you got the shot of Carrie walking away in her fishing outfit I giggled. So cute! Nice to have so many common interests!

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    Fiu’s On Tour

    Kia Ora Guys, hope you are loving it here. Alex, didn’t know you had Kiwi Roots 👏👏😍👍🏻 👍🏻. Love our Tui’s too 👏😍😍

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    Eamon & Bec

    Ahhh this brings us back! Our first taste of vanlife was in New Zealand on a VERY similar trip. Looks like you two are making the most of it! Can't wait to follow along for the rest of the journey ❤️

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    Über den Wolken

    Such a cool video! 😄We also took a trip through New zealond for 7 months! ☺️🌈 Such a beautiful country 😍

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    Ashlyn Sweeney

    Ha ha my husband works next to the Coffee Club you had your camper van parked up at, small world!! Just found your videos, loving them!

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    Marco Paulo Travel

    Love seeing the outdoorsy side of you guys! New Zealand is definitely on the list once I'm done with this current year backpacking through Latin America. Too many amazing places to go explore!

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    Curtis

    Kudos on your handling with the trout. Would love to see more fly fishing in your films! It's all about taking in the scene while fly fishing.

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    Sophie Thomas

    I live in New Zealand and having been watching this channel for years now and I find it so surreal hearing you two talk about things that are so normal to me but are genuinely interesting to you and I love hearing it from a different perspective! xx

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    Paul Grayson

    Hey guys you need to read up on the drone laws in NZ. There are lots of restrictions and you can’t just fly wherever you want. I spent 4 years operating as a commercial operator in NZ. Flying over Lake Taupo is illegal for drones because the entire lake is actually designated as an aerodrome because water planes take off and land there.
    Head over to https://www.caa.govt.nz/unmanned-aircraft/ for more info.

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    Creative Hobo

    Maori is pronounced with an extended a, like maa-ree (with a rolled 'r'). Not quite "Maui" like our mythological ancestor

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    Adria Taylor

    very awesome!! I wonder if that location was any Hobbit or Lord of The Rings shooting locations!! would love to see New Zealand! but you would have to drug me to get me on an airplane

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    cairo9544

    I spent my 50ith Bday in NZ in Nov 2018…we put 2400 miles on our rental! did both north and south island was a trip of a lifetime! I want to move to the south island!! I took 3500 pictures and converted to a video slide show on YouTube….just look up my name cairo9544… if you want to watch 🙂

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    Nicole brant

    Great video! I have tagged your video to DiziVizi.com

    Tag your other videos to their locations at DiziVizi.com for free and get more views.

    https://dizivizi.com/video/754238/new-zealand-road-trip-van-life-lake-rotorua-taupo-not-available.html

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    Thorfinn986_doesn't_do_average

    Welcome back home bro,newly subbed,love that you're both not doing too many touristy things.

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    freethinker1

    The road workers would have got a laugh out of that, put the chains on the grader and pull the hapless tourists out of the hole.

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