Z is for zine making.
This is the last letter in our WWOOFing alphabet! We’re planning next to put the alphabet in a book with stories from our experiences working on farms in NZ.
We made it to Vancouver and are eating up all the delicious vegan food that we can find. We’ve had insanely good vanilla and chocolate twist soft serve at Karmavore, a two-floor, all vegan shop/grocer/deli in New Westminster, small but flavor-filled tacos from Bandidas Taqueria on Commercial Drive, and decadent sweets called bliss balls from the vegetarian restaurant and natural food store Sweet Cherubim also on Commercial Drive.
To top that off, today we bought the new pepperjack from the maker of our favorite vegan cheese, Daiya (which is produced in North Vancouver) and had it for brunch on a sourdough baguette with kale, mushrooms, peppers, and onions from Drive Organics, a co-op on Commercial Drive. SO DELICIOUS.
Leaving New Zealand. We’ll be back for sure!
J is for jumper.
This is the 25th letter in our WWOOFing alphabet.
this day came too soon
It’s our 357th day in New Zealand and it’s our last day here. And what a nice day, including a picnic in Albert Park and dinner with awesome couchsurfing hosts.
We’re leaving with more shoes than we arrived with
lots of NZ friends to keep in touch with
and many, many ridiculous adventures that we will remember for a long time.
Tomorrow, we’re heading onward to Canada - for just a few days -
and then trains will take us across the US, to home, eventually.
The sky tower in Auckland, NZ. It reminds us of the space needle in Seattle, but maybe when we finally visit Seattle, the space needle will remind us of Auckland.
St. Matthews encourages church-goers to sign their petition to end discrimination against gays and lesbians wishing to become ordained.
View from the top of Mt. Eden, Auckland, NZ. It’s a dormant volcano!
S is for sunscreen.
This is the 24th letter in our WWOOFing alphabet.
plantfaster asked: How much money do you guys recommend saving for WWOOFing in New Zealand? Plane ticket, visa, domestic travel, weekend activities, etc? I remember when I was there for a short conservation project their dollar was weaker than ours, but the costs added up. Love your blog, thanks!
We recently figured our costs out to be 500 USD per month… each. Which at first look seems like a lot, but it includes all our big ticket items - plane tickets to and from NZ, travelers insurance, buying a car in NZ (including all the petrol and car upkeep), plane/hotel for our trip to Melbourne, and a kayaking trip in the Milford Sound. Plus, as you may have gathered, we like to eat out. The rest of the time we’re on a pretty strict budget. We don’t stay in hostels and instead camp or couchsurf when not WWOOFing. There are a lot of low cost or free things to do if you look for them and we don’t feel like we’ve missed out by sticking to a budget.
We saved up the majority of the money before leaving the US, but because we weren’t completely sure how much everything would cost, we also planned to work for a few months while we were here. Two months working in the vineyards of central Otago wasn’t the most fun, but it let us relax a little more about money. Hope this helps!