Travel to the an­cient shores of New Zealand

Style Magazine - - Contents - BY SAN­DRA THOMP­SON

What can I say to paint a pic­ture of what I’ve seen? I could show you pho­tos and videos of my re­cent trip to New Zealand but, un­less you see it for your­self, you would never be able to truly ap­pre­ci­ate its beauty.

In Au­gust last year, my hus­band and I put our­selves and our three kids on a plane to Christchurch, where we rented a car and spent the next two weeks ex­plor­ing the South Is­land.

Right off the bat, we were treated to the hos­pi­tal­ity and ac­com­mo­dat­ing na­ture of the lo­cals.

Our flight ar­rived around 11.30pm, but our room was ready and had even been heated for us.

Re­freshed and ready, our first stop was the peb­bled beaches of Bar­ry­town and the rock for­ma­tions out­side Pu­nakaiki.

The Pan­cake Rocks is a heav­ily eroded lime­stone area where the sea bursts through sev­eral blow­holes.

In Franz Josef we took a walk to the glacier; the land­scape is awe–in­spir­ing, to say the least.

We took a cruise around Queen­stown, treat­ing us to views of The Re­mark­ables moun­tain range and the epic shore­line.

The town is an epi­cen­tre for adren­a­line–pump­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, like bungee jump­ing, jet–boat­ing, and ski­ing, but is also a great base for ex­plor­ing the re­gion’s vine­yards.

It snowed on our way to Mil­ford Sound and, hail­ing from Queens­land, we found all the ‘Be­ware, Avalanche’ signs a bit un­nerv­ing, but the wind­ing road was in­cred­i­bly beau­ti­ful.

I’d never be­fore seen as many water­falls as I did on the three–hour cruise through the fjord — it was sim­ply spec­tac­u­lar.

A lit­tle café on–shore soon re­vived us af­ter the cold out­side with its hearty, warm soups and other scrump­tious foods.

In Dunedin, my hus­band tried hairy mus­sels and de­cided it was an ad­ven­ture he’d rather not re­peat (the pub grub, on the other hand, we all found de­li­cious).

On our trip, we met the most friendly, help­ful peo­ple, a rogue sheep called Karen, and a Kea bird that fell in love with my hus­band.

We even spot­ted the dop­pel­ganger of Whitey from Me, My­self and Irene.

Vis­it­ing New Zealand is some­thing I’d rec­om­mend ev­ery per­son to do, and to do it more than once.


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