New Zealand: Idle hours with Kiwi denizens
by Alex Greife
On January 1st, 2017, I arrived in one of the most amazing countries I’ve been to so far, good ol’ NZ. This trip was very long awaited and I’ve been a traveler for quite some time now, so I couldn’t wait to get back on the road again.
I visited Europe back in 2013, spending most of my time there in Germany and Italy, and since then had been traveling around the U.S. (my home country) until it was finally time to depart for New Zealand.
So far it’s been one of my favorite countries i’ve visited yet. It has such a variety in scenery, including mountains, fjords, beaches, glaciers, caves, rolling green hills, and even a few rainforest areas. You could stay here for years and still not see everything that New Zealand has to offer.
I spent my first few weeks on the North Island, seeing the far north region all the way up to Cape Reinga (pictured above) as well as 90 mile beach, Paihia and the Bay of Islands area.
On the north island I also finally got to visit a place I’ve been dying to go for years, the Hobbiton Movie Set (pictured below) and the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves both in the SAME day. This made for one of the best days I’ve had in New Zealand yet.
My favorite part of the north island of NZ was that it had so many hikes with some of the best ocean and beach views I’ve ever seen. One of my favorite ocean view hikes was the Shakespeare Cliff Reserve up in Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula. Of course I have some great photos of this…
So, when I finally headed to the south island, I was ready to see more mountains, lakes and fjords that the north island didn’t have quite so much of, and I definitely was not left disappointed. New Zealand has some of the most beautiful mountain lakes I’ve ever seen, and Milford Sound has been one of the highlights of the my New Zealand trip so far.
Another thing I absolutely love about New Zealand is how safe it is to travel in and how friendly and helpful the people can be. A big hobby I’ve picked up on since going to the South Island is hitch hiking! Yes, I know a lot of people are skeptical about this, but if anywhere in the world is safe to do this, it’s here in NZ.
So fun and so easy, and I’ve met some great people doing it.
I’m planning on staying here in NZ for the next few months, and then I’m heading on to Australia next! Feel free to follow along on my instagram page (alex.allover) or visit my blog (alexallover.com)
Farewell, or as they say in New Zealand, Kia Ora!
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