So, about 6 months ago I was returning from one of the most amazing trips of my life. Wow, was it really 6 months ago? Jack and myself were on one of the longest flights EVER, coming back from NewZealand. My Dad is from NewZealand and my Nana (grandma) Auntie, Uncle, Cousins, Great aunties and uncles etc… all live out there, so this wasn’t just going to be a trip to experience the best that NewZealand has to offer, FYI it has a lot to offer for such a small country, it was going to be a chance to spend some much needed time with my family.So because I wouldn’t be able to share my entire trip with you as I would just be rambling on for hours, I’m going to share my Top 5 places to go in New Zealand.
This place is the definition of cool. If you are an adventure junkie
then this is defiantly one place you don’t want to miss. The best way to describe it is a buzzing city that has an escapee route. Its surrounded by snowy tipped mountains (even in summer) and a motionless lake, what a place. Having the best of both worlds is surely something everyone desires and Queenstown certainly gives it to you. Before we left we had a few things on our list that we wanted to do so we went to Happy Travels in the main town and booked a few activities. The Nevis bungee, The Nevis Swing, quad biking, white water rafting, sky diving and black water rafting (Caving). We managed to book all of this through Happy Travels,we were able to leave a few of the activities as an open ticket so that we didn’t have to plan the rest of our trip around them. Apart from spending most of our days in Queenstown doing high adrenaline activities we also met up with a few friends who live there and they took us to some of the best bars in town. To name a few, Winnies, Club 88 and Sky bar. Now apart from being famous for having the largest canyon swing in the world, Queenstown is also know for being the home of the Fergburger. A 4am Fergburger is a must have, its heaven in a paper bag. They are HUGE so make sure you pack your appetite.
No.2 Lake Tekapo
If you are looking for the WOW factor when it comes to stunning views, this is the place for you. It truly is magnificent. When we were driving through I couldn’t top staring at the lake, it has this incredible blue water that makes you forget all your deepest worries. We hadn’t booked a place to stay so we went straight to the information shop where after a few phone calls we ended up with the last bed in town. It wasn’t cheap, $110 per night, but y’know we’re on holiday and this is a place we’re not going to be able to run away to every weekend,so YOLO. I was half expecting the basic bed and toilet but this was defiantly not basic. It was a cute little garage conversion, with a giant bed, bathroom, cooking area and a comfy sofa. It was perfect. After dumping our bags in the room we set off to the hot pools, now they weren’t the natural hot pools (that you can find in Rotarua or Lake Taupo) but it was extremely relaxing. With a picture perfect view, the sun shining and a full body massage booked what else could you possibly want?
Our Trip started in Christchurch, now I can defiantly say they have made the best out of a bad situation. A must see when in Christchurch is the Re:START container mall. When an earthquake hit Christchurch in 2011 it was devastating and destroyed ALOT of Christchurch main city and although they haven’t made as much progress as I think the locals would of liked they certainly have made the best out of horrible situation. The mall is such a vibrant and interesting place to visit, it has quirky shops and delicious food carts. I believe it was also a great way for small business to take flight. When wondering round the mall I felt inspired,proud but also a little ashamed of England. When disasters hit England may that be terrorist attacks or natural disasters we lull in it for too long, instead of thinking how can we build up the spirits of the British population. Lets take some advice from the small quiet country that is New Zealand.
No.4 Lake Taupo
Well, Lake Taupo did not disappoint. The home of one of the best experiences of my life, my sky dive! Lake Taupo was a brilliant place to make our base whilst we finished off the last of our activities. Being just an hour and a half away from Hobbiton, 2 hours from Waitomo Caves and the home of the sky dive it was perfect. Not only being a great base camp it’s a beautiful place in itself. The lake hosts many water sport activities such as boating, jet skiing, wake boarding and fishing, so you are never lost for something to fill your days with. Whilst we were there we decided to rent a boat. We took a cool box with some lunch and just chilled on the lake for the best part of a day. What a way to spend a day.
Auckland is the home of my family, so it had to be in my top 5, however I didn’t believe it was truly worthy of being my number 1 destination in New Zealand. Auckland City is great for shops and bars, it has great nightlife its super easy to get to. Whilst we were in Auckland I visited the main city a couple of times, on our last night we went to the Sky Tower and had dinner in the Sugar Club. Its quite pricey but its defiantly worth it, the food looked minimal however the flavours were just exquisite. If you’re looking to get to know a bit about New Zealand heritage then the Auckland Museum is defiantly the place to go. I didn’t visit this time around but I have been before and loved it. As we were there for almost two months, I couldn’t go that long without exercising so I tried to go running every other day. My favourite place to run was cornwall park, this is a beautiful park with two cafes so after your run you can stop for a coffee. Perfect way to start the day. If you’re traveling with a loved one I would defiantly recommend taking a picnic dinner and a leisurely stroll up to Mount Eden and watching the sun set. Cheesy I know but the view is just spectacular.
So, that concludes my top 5 destinations in New Zealand. I hope you found it useful if you are planning on going, if not well I hope this post entices you to run to your local travel agents or at least open a new tab and find a flight to the one of the most up and coming countries in the world. Please let me know what your thoughts are.
Ta-ra for now