I was fortunate enough to visit New Zealand in February 2014 with my aunt, cousin and mum.
Within two weeks, we managed to travel from the South Island after arriving into Christchurch all the way up to Auckland at the very top of the North Island.
We started our journey in Christchurch, making our way south through Wanaka to Queenstown where we spent a couple of nights and managed to visit Milford Sound, do the 3rd highest bungee (134m / 50 storey building) and skydive over Queenstown from a height of 15,000ft. From there, we made our way northwards to Franz Josef glaciers and across to Kaikoura from here. In Kaikoura, we managed to swim with wild dolphins and go whale watching as well.
We then proceeded towards Picton and to the Abel Tasman National Park. From here, we went via ferry across from the South Island to the North Island, thereby landing in Wellington. From Wellington, we drove due North East towards Mount Egmont where we did some day walks and spotted a few waterfalls.
From Mount Egmont, we made our way to Lake Taupo and Rotorua where we spent a couple of nights taking in the culture by participating in a Haka Dance and partaking in traditional New Zealand food prepared in a “Hangi” which is a method of cooking by burying food in the ground with hot coals and firewood under the food and covering the top of it as well. Essentially cooking underground.
We also visited the sulphur pools that the Rotorua region is known for as well as Hobbiton which was made famous for its appearance in the Lord of the Rings movie franchise. We also saw a bird show here courtesy of WINGSPAN who do a lot of conservation work and hand rearing of falcons which are then set back off into the wild. The photos can be seen in my bird photography album.
From Rotorua, we made our way to our final destination for the trip, Auckland. We spent a couple of nights here in Rotorua before finally departing back to Melbourne having completed a 4,400km journey by road over the New Zealand landscape.
Here are the photos that I took during this trip that made it memorable.