Touring vs exploration… What’s the difference?

We started our trip around/ through/ across New Zealand in early December 2014. Our first ports of call were along the West coast of South Island followed by a trip to the Caitlins. We planned and booked our accommodation in advance, intending to soak up the history, serenity and grandeur of the areas.

Looking upstream along the Waiatoto river, Jackson Bay, south of Haast.  Note the whitebait fishing stations.
Looking upstream along the Waiatoto river, Jackson Bay, south of Haast. Note the whitebait fishing stations.
Looking south down Haast beach, Jackson Bay South Island.
Looking south down Haast beach, Jackson Bay South Island.
Caitlins coastline is more rocky and rugged.
Caitlins coastline is more rocky and rugged.
Sheer cliffs and rocky shoals have claimed many a ship, with her crew and passengers.
Sheer cliffs and rocky shoals have claimed many a ship, with her crew and passengers.

Then it was a visit to family in the North Island for Christmas, having intended to set off from Cape Rienga on the 30/ 31st. Again, there had been lots of preliminary planning about all our overnight stops, our rest days and the usual goal setting that goes on when you’re sitting at the kitchen table, all cosy and comfortable, day dreaming about the trip and half formed imaginings about how romantic it would be. Intended time frame approximately 26 weeks with some extra up our sleeves just in case.

If you’ve read the first blogs already, you know that’s not quite how it went.

And since finishing the first section of the Te Araroa, we have visited from Glendhu Bay at Wanaka to Marlborough Sounds through North Island up to Pouto, to Kerikeri and Matai Bay. We didn’t book any accommodation as we are travelling by/ with a caravan. Certainly, its been much more fun not having any set timetable and having to be at certain places at specific times just because we had to book in somewhere 3 months in advance. And if we want to leave early, for whatever reason, then we can.

So our question is this. When does a “tour” stop being a tour and expand into an exploration or trip of discovery?

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