My trip round New Zealand was only 27 days long, and while I missed out on Milford Sound, Tongariro Crossing and Lake Tekapo (all things I wish I had had time to do), I also did a bunch of fantastic stuff!
So here’s my top 5:
1) Going to The Moari village of Whakarewarewa
Rotorua offers a couple of Maori experiences so to say. Maori culture is one of the things I really wanted to learn about whilst in New Zealand , so Whether you’re watching a Haka being performed, watching wood carving, or eating food, learning about the Maori culture is amazing and so fascinating. Whakarewarewa is a living Maori village, so getting to walk around where people live and seeing what they do in their everyday lives was pretty wicked.
2) Snout track hike in Picton
Picton very quickly became one of my favourite places to visit, and one of the main reasons is because of this hike!
It was the most beautiful day when we did this hike! You can literally see for miles the further up you go. It’s so peaceful as well just looking over the sound, definately give it a whorl!
I love love love Christchurch as a whole. It’s got museums and art galleries and great eateries. Even though a lot of the city is still being rebuilt after the earthquake in 2011, the people of Christchurch are optimistic about what lies ahead. New building, new shopping centres, they look forward to the future of the city and I love the idea of that!
Christchurch had such a homely feel to me, so I definately look forward to heading back there in a few years.
4) Lake Wanaka
Lake Wanaka was literally one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen ever in my life! Close your eyes and imagine this for a second. The lake was almost still, and crystal clear on a clear day. Beautiful blue sky with the occasional fluffy white cloud with the mountains in the background. A light Autumn chill in the air, with the sun beating down. The tress changing colour from green to yellow. The Wanaka tree looking so green against the surroundings. Sound amazing, yeah?
Many people were surprised when I said I was stopping in Greymouth, and advised me not to go there because there’s nothing to do. The thing is, I’m very good at making nothing into something, so I was pretty much busy everyday when I was there. There’s some super gorgeous hikes to do which gives the most amazing views of the town. Plus, it’s right by the sea! What’s better than taking a picnic down the beach, and just sitting and reading a good book?
Thanks for reading,