I can’t quite believe it, but I’m writing this blog post on the two year anniversary of us arriving in New Zealand! To mark this milestone, I’ve decided to compile a bit of a visual best of; photos that capture my top 10 New Zealand memories and experiences from the past couple of years. Many of these are destinations that have already featured on the blog, but I’m so behind on my writing that there are several new places I want to shine a spotlight on too. (I promise upcoming posts on all of them!)
I consider New Zealand my adoptive country in many ways, but of course I’m hardly a local. So with that caveat, here are my very favourite New Zealand highlights in no particular order.
Recently we decided to drop plans for a one-off, whirlwind tour of South Island in favour of multiple, shorter hops across the Cook Strait. I’ve been so remiss with the blog lately that I’ve already got a backlog of several such trips to catch up on! I’m going to strike while this particular iron is hot, though, and share our most recent trip: exploring the Mackenzie District in all its sweeping mountainous glory. Read on for some ideas for things to do in Mount Cook and Tekapo.
After acquiring a housesitting placement for the first time, we headed east from Auckland to Tauranga. We felt much more at home than we had during our workaways and consequently stopped being tourists for a while! There were some little adventures, though, so continuing my run of “places we saw a little of, but not enough to warrant a long narrative”, here’s 3 things to do in Tauranga, New Zealand…