You seem to get a mixture of furrowed brows and raised eyebrows when people ask for a rough sketch of your round the world trip. I guess that’s because everybody has their own wishlist.
But say New Zealand….and they’re smiling. All of them.
Maybe it’s because they were enchanted by the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies filmed in Matamata. Or because their own trip was magical, and full of special memories. I went on social media today for help planning in the New Zealand leg of our trip, and the responses were swift and enthusiastic.
‘Climb Mount Taranaki !’, yelled Rex on Facebook. ‘Anywhere with a non English sounding name!’ suggested Phil, a former British ex pat there.
A bit more detail followed from Jo, recommending Queenstown, Milford Sound, Whangarei and Napier….and the glow-worm caves. For Helen, it was a problem knowing where to start: she provided a numbered list, including hot springs on the beach at Coromandel, a ferry ride from Wellington to Picton, Rotorua and Kaikoura, for whale watching.
Keen traveller Michelle answered the call on Twitter, and picked Becky`s brain for us : she’s on the south island at the moment, and suggested an Earnslaw boat trip, Wanaka, and Abel Tasman national park.
Julie, meanwhile, has already listed New Zealand on this site, after reading our top ten travel experiences so far feature. She loves the place; remembering dolphins and whales in the wild, along with Maori dancers, Polynesian springs, thermal mud and white water rafting.
Quite honestly, we could say yes to ‘all of the above’. But soon we need to knock these suggestions, and a few more from you, hopefully, into some kind of itinerary.
So. Here are the key facts!
- Arrive late September
- Staying for nine days
- Want to see both North and South islands
- Happy to hire a car for part of trip
- Would consider couple of ‘organised’ trips (coach?)
- Need accommodation somewhere between ‘backpacker’ and ‘luxury’
- Love natural wonders, breathtaking views, walking (rather than hiking) cool cities and inspirational history, cultural sights, great local food, meeting new people.
OK–the floor is open. We need to squeeze New Zealand into nine days–where have you loved, and where might you think twice about if you visited again? Did you try an organised trip or fix your own schedule? Which view will stay in your mind forever? (And you know that little restaurant….yes, that one. Sneak us the number, please?)