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New Zealand2018-03-22T06:10:21+00:00

ARRIVAL OF NEW ZEALAND

Landing in Auckland somewhere around 1st of June hopefully for some more of that sweet summer. New Zealand is both a dream destination and a once-in-a-lifetime place to visit for us. So while spending months in Australia, we are stoked to visit the land of Kiwis too! We will mainly be driving a car, and have a tent, to see the cities and the wild nature. It is one of the top holiday countries in the world with its clean green natural image, scenery, adventure, culture, friendly people.

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WHY NEW ZEALAND

A few too good reasons

We are still in the early stages of planning, but first of all, New Zealand looks amazing! That in itself is a reason to go to the island of the white clouds. The country also hosts some rare animals, and as you might have noticed we can’t get enough of animals. When it comes to the Kiwis (slang for New Zealanders) are a friendly bunch of happy people with their unique kiwi accent.

New Zealand is no bigger than island than the size of Great Britain.  It gets better. From what we can tell, everybody lives concentrated in the five largest cities. This leaves a lot of room for wildlife and scenic exploration between the cities, thus giving us an opportunity we aim to take!

This island has a temperate climate. It is warmest in the north, coldest in the south. Average daytime temperatures range from 12 to 25 degrees Celsius (54 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit). The long, warm summers are ideal for spending at one of the country’s many great beaches. I guess we are snorkeling here too!

Best country in the world

New Zealand is regularly voted the best country in the world to visit.  No wonder, with its unparalleled scenery, the range of exciting activities, and charming cities, it’s not hard to see why. So we reckon that’s a good enough reason in itself.

To sum it up nicely. From golden beaches to crystal clear lakes, traditional culture to modern lifestyle, New Zealand has it all. You may go for a quick swim, take a dip in the thermal springs or just laze on the beach. Add exploring the wide variety of inhabitants of the national parks and we don’t need any more reasons.

And, who can give a miss to the friendly gestures of the Maoris? The affable nature of its people and the versatility of its landscape makes New Zealand a truly happy and vibrant country.

FACTS ABOUT THE COUNTRY

  • The Maori name of New Zealand is Aotearoa which means the land of the long white cloud.
  •  New Zealand was once governed as part of the territory of New South Wales and later a part of Australia.
  • New Zealanders are also called kiwis but kiwi is not a fruit. It is New Zealand’s native flightless bird.
  • It was the first major nation to have universal suffrage. In 1893 all male and female citizens are legally allowed to vote.
  • To become a New Zealand citizen, you must swear an oath of loyalty to Queen Elizabeth.
  • The official language is English and Maori.
  • New Zealand is one of the world’s least populated countries with over 4 million populations.
  • The largest city in New Zealand is Auckland although its capital city is Wellington.
  • The country is part of the Pacific Rim of Fire and its most active volcano is Mount Ruapehu, found in the middle of the North Island.
  • New Zealanders love cars with 2.5 million cars for 4 million people making them one of the countries to have the highest car ownership rate in the world.
  • The most popular films in the country include ‘Once were Warriors’, ‘The Whale Rider’, ‘The Piano’ and the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.
  • There are no snakes in the country!
  • 30% of the country is forest.
  • Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the sunrise because it is 496.3 kilometers away from the International Date Line.

OUR PLANS

“So much to do, so much to see, let’s take a backstreet!”. I guess it’s cheeky to quote our selves, but this was our exact thought when we added New Zealand.

Our stay is going to be with a lot of hiking, a few animals and hunt down those awesome scenery locations that just takes your breath away. And this one of the few places on the earth were you can walk through a rainforest and straight onto a glacier. Add one of the worlds biggest swings as an activity, makes it a must go place on our travel.

Exploring New Zealand’s magnificent landscapes and coastline tops the list for many. Fantastic cycling and walking trails dot the country from north to south and we are going to try kayaking, sailing, and diving too. Bungy jumping a must-do; while rafting, jet boating, skydiving and zip lining offer a similar rush.

New Zealand is jam-packed with things to do for us. Is a month enough? That’s a question we ask ourselves frequently. We guess the hardest part of planning our stay there will be deciding which activity to do.  Or in worst case scenario, which activities to abandon. *Shudders*

PLACES

Nevis Swing

We will just copy paste this one cause it tells the tale.

“The World’s Biggest Swing and one of Queenstown’s latest thrills, located next to the Nevis Bungy. Forwards, backward, alone or with a friend, you will be suspended high above the valley floor before being released! The style is up to you: forwards, backward, upside-down, back to back, truck n’ trailer or honeymoon. Experience a massive rush of adrenaline as you find yourself accelerating through the valley at mind-blowing speeds in a 300m Arc! Guaranteed to blow you away! Imagine experiencing Australasia’s Highest Bungy (134m) and The World’s Highest Swing (300m arc) all in one day! Combo it and save! Take a trip up to The Nevis (about 4 hours return) and experience both the Nevis Bungy and the Nevis Swing. Your adrenaline will be pumping!”

Worlds biggest Swing
Flying fox

Fox Glacier

We are going to take a breathtaking guided glacier walk onto the world-famous Fox Glacier. We are looking into a few different possibilities ranging from heli-hiking to ice-climbing.

The glacier itself is 13 kilometers long and found in Westland Tai Poutini National Park. This glacier lies next to Franz Josef Glacier, and we might visit them both. Both are rated as one of the most accessible glaciers in the world

Hobbiton

The Hobbiton Movie Set was a significant location used for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film series. So this is a must see. We like the movies and although we are not die hard fan this would sure be worth it!

“Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will then escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made.”

Hobbiton from Lord of the Rings
Boat in clear wather

Dive Poor Knights

This is one epic spot where we are going to dive! Beneath the waves at the Poor Knights Islands, an ocean of diving has been compressed into a relatively small area.

“From turbulent sunlit waters and kelp forests on the upper reaches of the tumbling ‘giant staircase’, to the dark waters of the islands’ many caves, the Poor Knights offer an extraordinary variety of underwater experiences.”

Since diving and snorkeling are the best ways to enjoy the underwater world of the Poor Knights, doh how else?. There are charter dive boats that operate from Tutukaka Harbour, which is 30 kilometers from Whangarei. Simply a must do!

 See the Southern Lights

We are accustomed to the Northen Lights (Aurora Borealis), even though it’s a rare sight in the south where we live. Although Southern Lights (Aurora Australis) is less known, we can’t wait to experience it. We are still amazed by the northern lights when we see them, but there something magical about being so far from home, but yet so close! For the Aurora Australis, you’re obviously going to have to head to the Southern Hemisphere for your best chance to get a glimpse. Generally, the best months to spot the Southern is from March through September. Lucky us this we are there for the prime time then.

Southern Lights
Ziplining in New Zealand

Fly Across Waiheke Island

The growing trend of zip lining involves an exhilarating mix of adrenaline, speed, and nature. We are trying something called EcoZip Adventures. They offer state-of-the-art flying-fox zip lines and an eco-immersive forest walk on breathtaking Waiheke Island. The perfect for adventure and nature lovers of all ages they say, in other words, us! .They even promise us the full Waiheke experience with a complimentary pick up from the island’s ferry terminal. Fun fun!

FINAL THOUGHTS

It’s really hard to plan almost one year ahead, and to decide what to do, not to do, and how to do it. It’s both fun and exhausting at the same time. We reckon we will change this page a lot of times before we are happy with the result. Our guess is that this is the beauty of planning ahead. Being able to change and alter it so it becomes just like we wanted it to be.

 

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