New Zealand · 21 Days · 22 Moments · December 2017

Amy's voyage in New Zealand

16 January 2018

16/1/2018 Last day in NZ. Drove from Taupo to Wellington to catch a flight home.

15 January 2018

15/1/2018 Today is our final day in NZ. Started off with a massive breakfast at a local cafe before cycling around Lake Taupo for 26km! This afternoon we went quad biking which was so much fun! Finished off with a quick hike along Huka falls.

14 January 2018

14/1/2018 Today we made our way to Taupo. Started the day at Huka falls which is the only exit out of lake Taupo (roughly the size of Singapore). After that we went on a 10 minute hike before heading to kayaking. The kayak tour was a 10km kayak that took us to Mauri carvings.

13 January 2018

13/1/2018 Today was winery your day. But first we enjoyed a 9km walk to Napier beach. Church Road winery... The Chardonnay was really good and is sold at dan Murpheys. Ash ridge... Cab Merlot was delicious Sileni was disappointing. Ngatarawa again was disappointing.

12 January 2018

12/1/2018 Drove to Napier today and went through some of the towns in Hawkes Bay. Went to Havelock North, Hastings, and Napier. Went to Birdwoods which had amazing scones and gift shop. Then stopped at Silky Oaks chocolate shop.

11 January 2018

11/1/2018 Headed to the Manawatu region. Went for a hike along the Sledge track and saw some cute waterfalls. Staying the night in Palmerston North.

10 January 2018

10/1/2018 Today we flew into Wellington and strangely enough there was no airport security. Then drove around Wellington for a bit and went to Victoria point. The view was alright considering the rain.

9 January 2018

9/1/2018 Making our way to Christchurch today. It's the last day of the tour. First stop was Lake Pukaki. Second stop Lake Tekapu where we saw the Church made from local stone. Stopped by Morelea farm where we had a delicious morning tea with scones and saw lots of sheep and cows. Saw the big salmon. Did some more exploring of Christchurch and saw the earthquake memorial. Went out for drinks to finish off the tour.

8 January 2018

8/1/2018 Today we headed to Arrowtown where we did a bike ride to Gibbston which was amazing. Then straight to Lake Ohau where we spent the night.

7 January 2018

7/1/2018 Made our way to the Fiordlands today. The day started by making our way into the conservation park and taking some photos jumping over the mountains. We had a few stops on out way to Milford Sound such as Mirror Lake, Monkey Creek, and the Chasm. Did a nature cruise along Milford Sound and saw some very cute seals. Spent the night in Te Anau. Funny moment: played cards against humanity with the group. Despite not knowing what a soggy Sao was Stacey laughed the hardest out of all of us. According to her it's just a soggy biscuit.

6 January 2018

6/1/2018 Second day in Queenstown. Went and did the canyon Fox and the canyon swing. Both were great but the canyon swing was definitely the better of the two. I ended up jumping backwards. After that, went for a walk around Queenstown. Finished the night playing lawn bowls and drinking. My team won of course!

5 January 2018

5/1/2018 Today was the first full day in Queenstown. I went white water rafting which had 9 grade 3 and 4 rapids. Then did a 134m bungy jump. Has definitely been the highlight so far. Went out tonight with the tour and got a free shot for flashing the bartender. I tried to negotiate a shot per boob with no luck.

4 January 2018

4/1/2018 Today was the main day in Fox Glacier. Went on the terminal guided walk which takes you through the valley of where the glaciers have been receding. Stopped at knight's point to have a look at the last view of the west coast. The drive between Fox Glacier and Queenstown has some stunning views. Another stop before Queenstown is Thunder Creek which was a waterfall with a crystal blue coloured creek. Lake Hawea is this massive lake where we stopped to take photos. Waited for an hour at Fergburger for a burger. Was totally worth it!

3 January 2018

3/1/2018 First day of the tour!!! Started early by boarding the bus and headed straight for Fox glacier. Stopped over in Springfield to see the doughnut. Then stopped at Arthur's Pass for minding tea. Lunch was at Hokitika where we strolled along the beach and explores the small town. Arrived in Fox Glacier and went for a walk around Lake Matheston. Then had dinner and played pool all night.

2 January 2018

2/1/2018 Today we ventured to Christchurch. The plan was to go shopping and explore until Stacey left her phone in the cab. Ended up calling all the companies with no such luck. Instead we went exploring, saw some interesting architecture, and then had dinner and the shipping crate mall. We walked a little further and ended up at the botanic garden where we went to visit a eater disappointing daffodil garden... They lied!!! On our way back ran into some of the people on our tour who said the cab driver had returned the phone!!!

1 January 2018

1/1/2018 Today started at Te Puia where we saw a 30m guyser, kiwi birds, and a Maori arts and craft centre. Then headed to Kerosene creek which is a naturally warm lake and waterfall. Finished up in Rotorua with an amazing ice cream before driving back to Auckland ready for our flight tomorrow.

31 December 2017

31/12/2017 Started the day at Hellsgate where I enjoyed a mud bath and sulphur bath. I'm still trying to get rid of the smell. I then enjoyed a guided walk through some of the hot water pools and mud pits. The guided walk was filled with interesting stories on Maori legends such as the princess who killed herself to avoid divorce, and that volcanic activity is actually the unborn volcanic God trying to escape the womb. Also had a go at wood carving... Let's just say there is room for improvement. After that went for a hike through the 'forbidden forest' aka Redwoods. New Year's Eve was spent drinking at the pub and watching the fireworks over the lake.

30 December 2017

30/12/2017 Arrived in Rotorua today and went to skyline where we rode the Gondola and the luge. Went to the Tamaki Maori village where we had a traditional hungi and learnt about Maori culture. Memorable moment was the bus driver driving around the roundabout twice singing "she'll be coming round the mountain". 😂 Then went to the Maori experience where I had the most delicious hungi. Finished the day off by walking off dinner by strolling through Kuirau Park - a geothermal park.

29 December 2017

29/12/2017 Started the day early at the Waitomo Glow Worm caves where we abseiled, zip lined, went black water rafting, drifted through admiring the glow worms, and climbed up a water fall. Amazing experience!! Stopped by Ototohanga for some shots with a kiwi bird. Finished up at Hamilton garden. Had so many different sections that were actually amazing to walk through. The area user to be a dump and has since been transformed.

28 December 2017

28/12/2017 Picked up the car and then ventured to Piha beach. Here we climbed lion rock. It was a pretty easy climb but we managed to capture some amazing views! After that we went to Hunua falls. Which is just south of Auckland. Had some ice cream by the falls and explored the hiking trails.

27 December 2017

27/12/2017 Went to the Auckland museum and then did some shopping in the CBD. The Auckland museum highlights included Maori history and their war involvement. Had dinner at a pub in the CBD where I had the most amazing lamb I've ever had. 👍 I had my first blond moment of the trip... Spraying my hair with deodorant instead of dry shampoo 😒

26 December 2017

26/12/17 Today is the first day of the trip. Flew to Auckland, met Stacey and went out for dinner.