How New Zealand Captivated Me and Will Captivate You Too

How New Zealand Captivated Me and Will Captivate You Too

Annandale villa Seascape south island, New Zealand

During my extensive travels of New Zealand, I fell in love with the country. I was captivated by the beauty, the culture, and the people. It gives me great joy to help others plan their travels and experience all New Zealand has to offer. Here are some of the ways I was captivated by New Zealand.

Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park

During my extensive travels of New Zealand, I fell in love with the country. I was captivated by the beauty, the culture, and the people. It gives me great joy to help others plan their travels and experience all New Zealand has to offer. Here are some of the ways I was captivated by New Zealand.

Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park

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It’s stunning. Some call it the “eighth wonder of the world” and for good reason. It’s waterfall lined cliffs and mountains rise from the waters creating a majestic feeling. It’s great to visit in any weather and time of year.

Hiking around Wanaka

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Wanaka is a beautiful ski and summer resort town in the Otago region of the South Island. It’s quiet and peaceful with very few bars open late. It’s a place to relax and hike in the summer and ski in the winter. Check out Roy’s Peak, which is about an hour away and a 5-6 hour return hike. It’s simply stunning.

Climbing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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The 19.4km (12 mile) hike may seem daunting at first, but it won’t take long to figure out why it’s continually named one of the best day hikes in the world. When I walked the crossing, it was a foggy day, which made it even more magical. With the fog in the sky and the steam from the volcanic mountain from below it was a sight to see. A trip to New Zealand isn’t complete without this day trip to Tongariro National Park. It’s not a circular track, so you’ll need to plan ahead on the transportation and bring plenty of food and water as there isn’t any on the trail. You can also take a night tour to climb the mountain at dark and watch the sunrise.

Cathedral Cove

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Cathedral Cove reminded me of the beaches in Thailand. The tropical feel and the clear water is so pretty. Take a water taxi or a walk the short hike to Cathedral Cove.

Marlborough Wine Festival & Wine Tasting

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I was lucky to be in New Zealand around the time of the Marlborough Wine Festival, which was so much fun. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has been my favorite wine well before my trip in New Zealand, so it was a real treat for me. The day before the festival, I spent the day biking from vineyard to vineyard wine tasting. If planned right, you can hit quite a few vineyards in one day as there are many close together.

Eating blue cod and relaxing in Stewart Island

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Stewart Island is a beautiful place to relax, hike, stargaze, and eat the amazing seafood available. It’s also the best place in New Zealand to spot a kiwi.

Wellington, The Capital City

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Wellington was so full of life. The amazing restaurants, coffee shops, and funky vibe. I loved eating at Floriditas & Fidel’s Cafe and having coffee at Hanger. Wellington is also the home to the national museum and art gallery of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa. 

Stargazing

new zealand milky way and stars and dark sky over mountains

The stars are so bright in the mostly tranquil New Zealand. It’s easy to spot the Southern Cross almost nightly. Shaped more like a kite, look toward the south to see the the Cross in the sky.

By |2019-07-25T19:38:04+00:00August 15th, 2015|New Zealand|