Kia Ora and welcome to Beyond the Postcard! We are Jordie and Jonnie and we are lucky enough to be writing to you from our beautiful home, New Zealand. We hope this blog will become a collection of our memories, travels and experiences. Along the way we will share with you some of the hidden gems of New Zealand that truly go Beyond the Postcard.
Hi, Jordie here! I grew up on a farm in rural New Zealand and have probably spent more time outdoors than I have inside. I have a great love for adventure, trying new things and most importantly food. My passion for adventure started when I was thirteen and my Dad took me snow skiing for the first time up Mt Ruapehu. I fell in love with skiing and the friendly, carefree atmosphere that surrounds it. I’ve spent the past few years exploring Auckland and one of my discoveries has been the wide variety of delicious, culturally diverse food that is easily available. I have also been lucky enough to travel to America and explore the East coast with a group of locals. They showed me many sights that you don’t get to see when you’re a tourist and have no knowledge of the area. One of my favourite places were the Amish Markets, which are full of fresh fruit pies, homemade preserves and jams and fresh, organic produce. I’ve met a lot of people from all over the world on the few adventures I’ve had, both internationally and in New Zealand. These people have inspired me to travel through all the stories that they’re shared and the places they have shown me. One day I also hope to create some of my own stories and be an inspiration to other young, keen travellers.
I’m Jonnie and its fair to say that I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I grew up in Taupo, one of the hottest spots in New Zealand for adventure tourism. I have sailed, skied, mountain biked, kayaked, swam, run and occasionally walked to some of the most breath-taking scenery this small country has to offer. That’s what I love most about New Zealand – when it comes to the great outdoors we have everything you could imagine to offer and it is all done with the best backdrop around. Most people say I’m a food snob, that I’m impatient and that I’m a nerd. I say that I have a love for great food, I hate waiting in lines when I could be doing something exciting, and… ok they are right about the nerd one. More than anything I love to inspire people. I have worked for a few years as a tutor and nothing gives me a greater sense of satisfaction than when I can inspire someone to do something or go somewhere they never would have dreamed of before. To me, this blog represents a great opportunity to inspire people from all over the world to not only come to New Zealand and experience this magical country but to inspire people to get out and explore their homes and share their great discoveries with the world.
The concept of Fernweh is something that drew the two of us together. It is something we have both felt for a long time and ever since we heard the term we have felt it is the only word to describe us. We both thought the next logical step would be to begin planning our world tour. It wasn’t until a trip to Queenstown last year that we realised that we had taken all New Zealand had to offer for granted. On that trip we met a range of people from various countries who shared with us the stories of their travels in New Zealand. The embarrasing thing was that it felt like some of them had experienced more of New Zealand in their short visit than we had in more than 20 years of growing up here.
We decided that before we took off to explore other countries we should rediscover our home. Since that decision we have been to all sorts of places we never knew existed. From exploring waterfalls to stumbling upon funky little restaurants, where the menus aren’t written in english, we have found some of New Zealand’s undiscovered treasures and we can’t wait to share them with you.