15 months after arriving in New Zealand, I finally made it to the fabled South Island. It was a quick weekend getaway, just enough time to glimpse the highlights in Christchurch, drive up to Kaikoura and have a morning of whale watching (blog post coming soon) before heading back to catch our return flight.
Here are 5 things we got up to on our flying visit!
After returning from Australia to New Zealand, we were due to head south towards Wellington almost immediately. But there was one thing on my North Island bucket list that I was itching to check off first:
Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
Though we had caught glimpses of glowworms previously here in New Zealand, we’d never encountered anything close to the magic of Waitomo. Read on for an account of our cave tour experience…
For my last installment on our trip to Australia I’m going to let the imagery do the talking. It seems a logical choice since our experience at the Great Barrier Reef was primarily a visual one; equipped with wetsuit, snorkel and mask, we spent most of the time silently marvelling at these unfamiliar, underwater landscapes and their delightful inhabitants.
I was and am a complete novice to underwater photography, but I loved the process of trying to capture fleeting moments in this unfamiliar settting. All the while checking a big natural wonder (and another UNESCO world heritage site!) off my bucket list…
Full disclosure: though I thought I’d love Melbourne, my takeaway impression was lukewarm at best.
I don’t like to be too quick to judge a city, but I also want to be candid here on the blog when somewhere just doesn’t quite live up to expectations. But while I can’t recommend it unreservedly (and I think 5 days is too long for most people), there are definitely some gems that are well worth seeking out. So here’s our 5 day itinerary, in the hopes that it might help you plan your own trip to Melbourne! My favourites are highlighted with a ★.