New year, new continent, and this year, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take in two weeks in New Zealand to visit one of my best girlfriends.
Because I’ll be based out of Auckland and don’t want to rush through the whole country, I’ll be sticking to the north island. I’ve barely touched on what I want to do, but here’s a taster of what I’m definitely going to need to check out:
Auckland will be my landing and departure city, and it looks like I could easily spend my whole trip there. The country’s biggest city seems to be all culinary culture, adrenaline activities, islands and volcanoes. And you can’t go wrong staying in a city where the beach is right outside your door almost anywhere you are.
Bay of Islands
I have no words other than to ‘ooh’ and ‘aaah’ at the photographs of the Bay of Islands. A money grab, sure, but the waters! And the beaches! And look at those views!
Waitomo has giant caves you can tube, raft, or boat through, so deep and dark they’re alight with glow worms. Apparently you can go so deep that you wade through crevasses barely wide enough to step through with water up to your chest…but I’m not promising anything.
Actually situated in Matamata, all that’s left of Hobbiton is a few doorless structures in the hills (at least in the photos – maybe there’ll be doors when I visit?). Nonetheless, a trip to New Zealand wouldn’t be complete without a visit to The Shire for a Hobbit fan.
Windy Welly is New Zealand’s capital right on the south coast of the north island. It’ll be the furthest south I get when I take a quick trip down to stroll the cities, take in some cafes, and visit what’s apparently a fantastic museum.
And that’s just the beginning! Stay tuned!