Travel to the ancient shores of New Zealand
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.
EXPERIENCING THE BEAUTY OF NEW ZEALAND’S SOUTH ISLAND