It’s been surprising how many people have said, “One of my favorite people lives in New Zealand, here’s her number” or “I did a working holiday there, too, let me give you some advice.” It’s a small world after all.
Brittany (my lovely friend who is going to NZ, too) has a friend of a friend who builds huts for the adventurers who take on an 82km-long biking/tramping trail. To put it better from their website:
In the North West corner of the South Island of New Zealand a ghost is awakening. A long-forgotten gold miners’ road is being revived as a mountain biking and tramping trail – connecting the old dray road in the Lyell (Upper Buller Gorge) to the mighty Mokihinui River in the north. The Old Ghost Road will traverse majestic native forest, open tussock tops, river flats and forgotten valleys.
We will become some of his volunteers, and I look forward to waking up early to catch a sunrise like this: