Majestic Mt Cook
For once I’m very grateful that I’m constantly behind with blog posts. It has been just over two months since we left New Zealand and I’ve needed that time to really reflect on our experiences there. Our time in New Zealand was full of so many contrasts, we had some of the best experiences of the trip so far but I was also suffering from my first bout of homesickness and there were certain parts of the country that didn’t live up to my lofty expectations. One thing is certain, I’m appreciating our time there far more since we’ve moved on.
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First glimpse of the Sound
Milford Sound is probably New Zealand’s most famous tourist attraction. With promises of staggering cliff faces, the phenomenal green of the landscape and an abundance of wildlife we knew we couldn’t pass it up. Milford Sound sits at the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island and you’re not going to get much more remote, with only one road leading in and out and the nearest proper town 2.5 hours away. For us the experience was one of those hyped up activities that actually lived up to its reputation. My photos don’t do it any justice and I’d recommend it to anyone that gets the chance to visit this magical place.
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The best pies in the world? We think NZ reigns supreme
We had been warned that food in New Zealand was expensive and we were fully prepared to reign ourselves in after our jaunt around America which had proved to be a gastronomic delight. The plan was to minimise eating out and to prepare as many of our own meals as possible. We would then utilise Subway and their foot long sandwiches to fill in the inevitable lunchtime gaps, as we had done in America. Simple, what could possibly go wrong?
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The beauty of Rob Roy Glacier
If New Zealand knows how to promote one aspect of its scenery it’s the glaciers. Look at any tourist brochure or guidebook and you will no doubt find photos of people hiking, climbing or flying to Franz Josef or Fox glaciers in the South Island. We’d had an amazing experience hiking the Athabasca Glacier in Canada and were pretty excited to see more examples of these wondrous formations. Here’s what we thought of the three glaciers we got up close and personal with in New Zealand.
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Tackling the Tongariro Crossing
I read all of the blog posts warning about being burnt out, recognising homesickness, resting up somewhere if you start feeling jaded, hitting the traveller wall… I knew what to look out for and spent ages warning Paul that this wouldn’t be like being on holiday. This was our life now and although you’re grateful for that every day you won’t always be beaming ray of sunshine.
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Lovely Queenstown Harbour
I’ve discovered that I’m a bit of a wreck for the first few days in any new country. I’m the sort of person that immediately needs to know how things work, where to shop, how to save those precious pennies. I’ve read some great posts on the activities on offer and places to visit in New Zealand but hopefully these starter pack tips will be of benefit.
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