A quick two-month tour through New Zealand in 2005 was fabulous and brought the needed change in Lisette’s travels ‘Down Under’. What I loved most about this archipelago is the diversity of its nature. I saw beaches, mountains, glaciers, hot springs and volcanoes; just to name a few.
Lisette treasures the views locked up in her mind from the top of the Tongariro Crossing where she died a thousand deaths due to her fear of heights. Vastly different is the amazing Queen Charlotte Track close to Picton; what a magnificent place to hike.
New Zealand is the place to go for trekking and hiking!
Please note this is a personal blog about traveling around the world.
What I loved and treasured most since were my hikes and my flirtation with helicopters.
The last few days I spent wandering through a few places: Napier, Mt. Manganui, Thames, Whitianga.
Kaikoura: whale watching and tattooing!
Christchurch is a very, very, British city. Combine this with great weather and French Akaroa in the gorgeous Banks Peninsula and you have the perfect place!
Wonderful Tekapu showcases a blue glacial lake, a lazy atmosphere and a mountainous backdrop with only one building alongside the edge, a small church.
The first city worth visiting after all the small places I saw for the past week or so was Dunedin. It has an interesting history and fascinating architecture.
At the far south of New Zealand, literally where Highway One ends, you can catch a ferry to Stewart Island or Rakiura for a good hike.
I ended up taking a daytrip to Milford Sound. My best advise for a budget traveler is to save every penny you have and head down – it’s worth it!
Before I share the story with you about offering myself up for another crazy adventure in my continuing efforts to confront my irrational fear of heights, here a crazy jet boat-ride story.
The mountains of the national park are giving the Wanaka area the rugged backdrop, while Lake Wanaka provides the town and park with quiet, rippling, reflections.