01.05.16 – 16.06.16
A week after my 18th I headed to New Zealand, alone. 6 weeks traveling around both islands with the Kiwi Experience bus I did a lot, I saw a lot, I learnt a lot. Here are just some of the highlights from my trip:
1. Kayaking – Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove)
A few of us from the bus signed up to go kayaking that day. It’s harder than it looks (especially if you’re in the back steering) but a lot of fun. Once we reached cathedral cove the instructor set up a picnic blanket and we all had tea and biscuits. We then headed back on the water at sunset, with the beautiful scenery of the islands surrounding us.
2. Hobbiton – The Shire
Even though I haven’t seen The Lord Of The Rings since I was 10 and never seen The Hobbit it was still a really cool experience. The work that went into building that place and maintaining is crazy, and if I didn’t already feel like a giant at 5’10 I did walking around there.
3. Tamaki Maori Village – Rotorua
Meeting the Maori people a visiting their little village was a unique experience to say the least. We went to the official welcoming ceremony watched them perform their shows, ate a roast dinner which was cook underground and was delicious (I’m not just saying that because I’d been living off pasta for the last week), and a handful of us spent the night in a their accommodation. Too many wine bottles and a hot tub later we eventually called it a day.
4. Skydive – Taupo
With a relaxing day at the hot pools in mind somehow we spontaneously ended up jumping out of a plane 12,000 feet in the air. The feeling was indescribable.
5.Hikes and yoga on the the beach – Abel Tasmen -Kaiteriteri
I had forgotten to book my bus the day before so I was stuck for a day alone in Abel Tasmen. However the day turned out to be one of the best. Solitude was needed after constantly being surrounded by people on my travels. The sun was out, the beach was empty. Yoga and a hike was exactly what I needed and it was perfect.
6. Surfing – Westport
Picture this: 8am Taronga bay, empty quite beach, cloudy with the occasional beam of light peaking through to say hello. Crashing white water waves and 5 degrees at best and a hand full of young travelers attempting to surf… yeah it was awesome.
7. Fancy dress – Lake Mahinapua
At this point on my travels I was with a new bus, that means new strange people and what a better way to get to know them than dressing up and drinking. The theme of the night was ‘opposite sex celebrities from your country’ I went as Harry Styles because come on who wouldn’t want to be Harry Styles for a night. We had the lodge to ourselves and it was a pretty fun night, well the bits of it I can remember anyway.
8. Ledge swing – Queenstown
After somehow being convinced to go with my new friend Hastings I found myself hanging from a mountain 400 meters above ground pulling a pin to release myself, falling, swinging, screaming, holding on the dear life by a rope, the only thing stopping me from falling to my death. Yes it was incredible but never again.
It’s rare you would ever meet someone in New Zealand who didn’t love Queenstown. With Hiking, skiing, luging, and bike rides around the lake in the day, Ice bars and light shows at night whats not to love. Ending up at Fergburger at 3 am having the most spiritual, deep conversation with the most interesting strangers, going to Cookie Time and having the best vegan cookie ever (even better than any non vegan cookie I’ve had). Such a small town but so much to do and see, Queenstown was the place to be.
So hopefully I inspired you a little to travel to New Zealand or anywhere for that matter. It truly was a crazy magical experience. The first of many travels. Kia Ora.