Is it possible to fall in love with a country? Because I think I did just that. Some of you may or may not know (if you follow me on social media then you definitely will know, there was no escaping it – soz) that for the past month I have been road tripping around New Zealand’s South Island!
How do I condense a 4 week trip of a lifetime in to a blog post that wont bore people to tears?
Well, I can’t really, so I’ll just put some pictures in.
This is just an introductory post; it shows our road trip map which might be helpful to anyone thinking of travelling to NZ. I used a site/app called Track My Tour so check all the links below! I’ll do a separate post about my favourites and recommendations soon and pop in a link here when it’s completed!
Just as a disclaimer, if you’re more cosmopolitan than outdoorsy, or you’d rather spend your day lounging by a pool than hiking up a mountain: don’t go to New Zealand.
My boyfriend is a Kiwi and I’ve never really understood his aversion to so many people when he is with me in London. That is until I went away and realised that on the other side of the world, you actually have room to breathe! Like, you can walk down a street and stretch your arms out and not hit anybody (or even see anyone which I admit, as a Londoner, can be slightly alarming at times). The small population makes everybody, really, really nice. You walk up a mountain and everyone you pass says hello! That doesn’t happen anywhere in London! Mainly because you would look totally ludicrous if you tried to say hi to the thousands of people you encounter everyday.
Did you know, that there are 6 times as many sheep as there are people in New Zealand? It’s also number 8 on the list of happiest countries in the world (behind all the Scandinavian countries that have cracked some sort of code to happiness, and I’m not quite sure why we aren’t following their lead yet?).
It’s pretty much a nature haven, I don’t think I’ve seen as many breathtaking sights in my life – breathtaking not only because they are beautiful, but because the majority of the time you have to trek up a mountain for an hour to see them. The views are pretty much picture perfect!
Europe has history, New Zealand has nature (the country is only really 800 years old, my Kent home is almost as old as that?) and trust me when I say that it’s worth the horrific flight (around 30 hours). I stopped over for a few days in Melbourne on the way, I’d recommend a stop over somewhere on the way or return!
So anyway, back to the travelling: we hopped in a car and road tripped our way around the South Island with a base in Christchurch so we could break up our trip a little bit. We ended up doing it in three chunks. Our map ended up looking something like this:
On the way we stayed in hostels, camped and used air b’n’b – which is so great (incidentally, if you are new to air b’n’b and want to use it, use the following code for £30 credit: www.airbnb.co.uk/c/daisyt893).
Hiring a camper van would be a good option for those who don’t have access to a car and is the way most people get around – there are several companies that offer these services, such as Jucy.
Follow the link to get more details which might help you plan your route!
People have asked me what my favourite thing was? And it’s almost impossible to pick. There wasn’t a single moment I wished I was home. Here are some photos that summarise my trip:
Keep your eyes peeled for my more detailed post about top things I recommend, in the meantime why not follow my instagram and snapchat to keep up with more of my adventures 🙂