I have just returned from our whirlwind trip to new Zealand. Wow, what a country! They call us in Australia the Lucky Country……I think they labeled us wrong. What is so lucky about us over NZ? Nothing, every city we saw was so clean, almost no graffiti…..street art, yes but no tagging! Drivers are polite and courteous, service in restaurants was fantastic, the attitude of people everywhere was happy and helpful. They have the most amazing scenery at almost every turn, even their main cities are beautiful……….take Auckland for example, such a pretty harbor. Sure we did not cover every town, city and shrubbery, but what we covered was fantastic. The Maori people are beautiful and together, they worked with the English and not against them (Sure they had their problems but not like in Australia). The Maori have most of their heritage land and have done something worthwhile, useful, educational, beautiful for everyone, not just themselves. They are inclusive and want to teach, as well as learn. I cannot say enough good things about this country and her people. We met so many new friends from all over the world. I will post pics and info on what we did and where we went, but for now just the Highlights.
My favorite adventures were, Hobbiton, Milford Sound, Christchurch, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Anau, Tekapo, and Paradise……….yes I literally went to Paradise and have the pics to prove it!
I will try and do justice to all the places we went and the 7,500 pics I took in 2 weeks (Don’t panic I will perform a cull and only upload the best), so bear with me folks and I will try and do a new post of our adventures, every few days. Until then Kia Ora!