First of all, sorry for being MIA – we are currently travelling around Thailand with Akaryn Hotel Group for a lifestyle photography project! We couldn’t be more excited!
Anyways, it’s about New Zealand now. We spent a total of 9 weeks in New Zealand and have put together a PART I of reasons why you should visit New Zealand – to show you more about this truly wonderful country! We’ve never seen anything like it before, there is so much to see and do in one day that you’re constantly amazed by its nature. I can truly say we fell in love with New Zealand and hopefully we will be back very soon!
1. Sunrise at Cathedral Cove (Hahei)
If you go to Cathedral Cove, we recommend going at sunrise! It is so worth the waking up at 4AM to start your hike. You get the whole beach practically to yourself AND the view you get is magnificent.
2. Milford Sound
When you go to Milford Sound, before you head into the hand dug tunnel, put on the Game Of Thrones Theme Song on! Trust me, it will be epic.
Where do I start with Milford Sound, we have no words, it’s speechless. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. We had A LOT of luck with the weather here. Considering it rains almost every day at Milford Sound, it got our memo and gave us blue skies and sun! 😀 Milford Sound is a MUST when visiting New Zealand, if you come to New Zealand and don’t see Milford Sound, well you might as well have not come.
3. Mount Cook
Since the tip op Mount Cook is very similar to the one from Everest, lots of climbers come to Mount Cook to practice before they start their climb on Mount Everest! 😀
4. Take endless amount of forest walks – anywhere!!
New Zealand loves maintaining their natural bush and are very proud of it. There are SO MANY walks you can do in forests, etc. around the whole country. We do recommend going on pathed walks, since it can be very dangerous going into the bush – you can easily get hurt or lost!
Funny story, our bus driver didn’t trust people from Denmark going for a walk, they always had to be accompanied by a different nationality. Not once, but twice someone from Denmark went for a walk and ended up completely lost and when they finally called for help, they were in different towns which were hours away hahahaha!!
5. Visit the famous ‘That Wanaka Tree’
Be prepared to see a lot of “shoots” going on for Instagram!
6. See dolphins in Abel Tasman National Park
We took an aquataxi into the national park to start our 5-hour walk back to the town, our captain noticed something whilst we took a quick detour at the Split Apple Rock, and sure enough, IT WAS DOLPHINS!! Hundreds and hundreds of dolphins were in the ocean, and they came so close to our small speedboat! It was quite funny, after 20-ish minutes, our captain decided to take us to the drop off point in the park and once we started going faster, the dolphins were jumping out of the foam putting quite a show on for us!
7. See Lake Matheson’s perfect reflection
Even though we didn’t have the nicest weather at Lake Matheson, it didn’t stop us of from going to have a look at this “perfect reflection”. We were very lucky, it had stopped raining when we arrived and didn’t start again until we were walking back to the bus.
Something about it is just so peaceful, you could literally spends days, weeks or even months sitting there and looking at this view.
8. Embrace your inner Hobbit in Hobbiton
I must confess, I never got the chance to see the Hobbit movies before visiting Hobbiton, but something about it just brings everyone to life hahaha. Considering I was one of the only ones who hadn’t seen the movies yet, I was one of the most excited people to be there!!! I’m so glad Sir Peter Jackson decided to keep the set, did you know they have full time workers there who take out the laundry, etc.? It really does feel like your in a completely different world.
9. Go cliff jumping in the Blue Pools
Normally we weren’t going to go cliff jumping in the Blue Pools, because it’s really high and the water is FREEZING cold! At the time, our bus driver Weka, told us about when he started changing his life around and challenged all of us to do the #SayYES challenge! Basically, it’s to push yourself to say yes to more opportunities and to not be scared, but to live more. We challenge all our readers to do the #SayYES challenge!! 😀
10. See the Milky Way almost everywhere!!
You know how you always dream about being able to see the Milky Way at night, or is that just me? Since there is hardly any light pollution in or around New Zealand, they are very lucky to be able to see the Milky Way in most places at night. We have never, EVER seen so many stars in the sky, it was like being in a dream. These pictures were taken at the Tongariro National Park and Mount Cook.
We hope to have amazed some of you with New Zealand’s beauty and stay tuned for part II!!
Have a lovely week and thank you for reading,