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New Zealand Top 10

March 26, 2015

Opononi Sand Dune Photograph of Opononi sand dune by Ian Marshall

We are in Auckland Sky City hotel prior to transferring to the airport tomorrow morning.

We have been reviewing our journey so far and come up with a New Zealand Top 10.

For the South Island we recommend: the 185 Empty Chairs in Christchurch, Mount Cook, the Moeraki boulders, the glacier hot pools at Franz Josef and the Treetop Walkway.

For the North Island we suggest visiting: the Te Papa museum in Wellington, the Wairakei Tourist Park in Taupo, the geo-thermal attractions between Taupo and Rotorua (such as Orakei Korako and Wai-O-Tapu), the giant redwoods at Rotorua and/or the giant Kauri trees in the Waipoua forest, and last but not least Hobbiton.

If you only have time to visit one of the islands, we preferred the quieter roads and general scenery of the South Island, which was much easier to navigate around.

We set out on this journey with the aim of seeing what we missed when we decided not to emigrate 30 years ago.

At the end of the tour we have concluded that we have seen more of the country in the last 30  days than we would have seen if we had lived and worked here for the same length of time.

We have spent many hours on the road, covered about 4000km and would love to do it all again – at a snail’s pace!



From → Travel Writing

  1. Well done on your travelogue.

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