Since I've been living in New Zealand, Milford Sound has been one of those places that everyone tells me I have to see. Quite a few people have told me it's their favorite place in New Zealand. For nearly a year, I've been trying to get to this magical place hidden in the south west of New Zealand's South Island Fjord land.
You can't go to Queenstown without trying something extreme. Zip lining doesn't count. I'm talking bungy jumping, sky diving, paragliding — something that gets your heart pumping, scares you shitless and makes you feel alive.
One my favorite things about road trips, and New Zealand road trips in particular, is the opportunity for spontaneity, the ability to go at your own pace and all of the incredible things you encounter when you deviate from 'the plan' and go with the flow. I learned this on my first trip across the West Coast of the South Island with my parents, discovering hidden gems along the way. And it was even more true this second time around with Joe, Jeff and Ashley.
While I was home in Louisiana for the holidays, so many people asked me what I missed about New Zealand and what things I'll take back to the states with me when I return one day. It's difficult to come up with an answer because I can't say that I've been captivated by a particular food, custom or material item here in New Zealand...
I recently squeezed in one more adventure before 2014 came to a close and managed to check a few more items off my New Zealand bucket list. Joe and I returned to the South Island in the company of my cousin/former San Diego roomie Ashley and her husband Jeff.
It's that time of year again... the sun is shining, the weather is warming up and I'm coming out of winter hibernation to travel once again! This time Joe and I will be accompanied by two new travel buddies, my cousin Ashley and her husband Jeff, and I am SO excited!
13 days, 9 hotels, 37+ hours of driving and many adventures along the way. My two week New Zealand road trip was like one of those taster platters on the menu – just enough to whet your palate, so you know what to order for the main course. In just 2 weeks, we covered so much ground on the North and South Island, and managed to sleep in a new town almost every night. We stayed in so many cute places, met so many kind and interesting people, and selected some really quaint and affordable accommodations – many of which I plan on returning to.
My two-week tour of New Zealand in April was full of checking off visits to National Parks and scenic highlights. We did glacier hiking, kayaking Abel Tasman, Hot Water Beaches in the Coromandel, and Maori celebrations to name a few. But what surprised me the most were the magical little towns and experiences in between.