Who didn’t dream about visiting New Zealand one day?! For all the people who love adventures, outdoor activities, amazing landscapes, adrenaline activities or just fan of Lord of the ring, it is the place to go! I was lucky to spend an entire month during my worldwide tour.
I have started by the Sourthern Island (I will do another article about Northern Island)? My first steps have been a bit chaotic because I landed in Christchurch who has been touched by a major earthquake two weeks before. The hotel I booked was closed because the roof collapsed and I wandered around the streets until a nice policeman helped me to find another solution! Despite this inconvenience, I enjoyed the city. The botanical garden is a must to see to a nice and relaxing stroll surrounded by beautiful flowers. If you like special experiences and the polar cold, you have to go to the International Antartic Center. New Zealand is a start point for the Antarctic missions. Center is pretty cool, the Antartic like if you were there, you can even try the extreme temperatures, you will definitely learn lot of things!
I had one of the best experience in my life in Kaikura (not kidding!). I swam with hundreds wild dolphins around me. They really are wild, they don’t feed them to attract them. So even you have to get up way too early and the water is cold, it is nothing compare to the fun you will have. Definitely worth it. When you are in the water, you have to make some noises to attack them around you (you feel a bit silly but you are not the only one doing that so it is ok!) and then here they are, even if you are not allowed to touch them, it is unbelievable, the experience is magic, unique and unforgettable. I just cried!
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Then I advise you to visit the Abel Tasman National Park which is stunning. You have a multiple choices to visit it but I just can advise you to do the kayak tour. You have a different point of you, you are doing some stops on desert creek and you have amazing views!
Instead of trekking to the top of the Franz Josef glacier, I decided to have a VIP treatment and go to the summit by helicopter. Sometimes being a bit lazy can have advantages. On top of the breathtaking view you have from the helicopter, you actually arrive at the summit of the glacier which is not the case with the trek. To explore the glacier, you still have to walk a little bit (so not that lazy!) with crampons. It is amazing the crevasses, the range of different white and blue. Top!
A stop at Queenstown, the city of extreme and adrenaline sports/activities. You have a very big range of choices.
I chose the skydiving. If you want to do one you’d better choose a place with a nice view! Between the montains and the lakes, I can tell you that the point of view worth it! The sensations are here and the team is really nice.
Even if it is a bit expensive, taking the photos options is worth it for the souvenirs! They train you to smile so you will have nice pictures and the proof that you did it!
Just don’t think too much and GO!
If you don’t like extreme sports, you have lot of alternative options to explore the city and the surrondings. Queenstown is a very nice city.
Before leaving the Sourthern island, I have been to Mount Cook or Aoraki, the highest point of New Zealand. And there, love at the first sight! I don’t have the words to describe how amazing this place is. You have to stay more than one night to enjoy the place and all the strolls to see glaciers, mountains, icebergs… a color gradient of greys and blues. In the centre, you can watch a movie about James Cook, the navigator who where the first one to explore the coasts of New Zealand.
I have been to Wanaka as well but the weather was very bad but normally this place is very nice. You can see some very nice pictures on this Instagram account.
You have the Milford Sound too where you can do a three days trek (you have to book in advance) but I didn’t have enough time and I need a good reason to come back! And I will that’s for sure!