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Bree's trip to the North island, New Zealand


2 July 2017

Gloworm cave
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland
Auckland
The campervan which I love the top bunk
Waiuku
The buried village in Rotorua- The explosion of Mt Terewaka buried an entire village and was until the earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand's biggest disaster. You can get a guide to tell you all about the history of this place. I loved New Zealand and in seven years later I will travel there again. it really is a beautiful country and should be on everyone's bucket list.
Alternate activities to do in New Zealand are: Cuba street in Wellington- A bohemian area of Wellington. There are shops, cafes and galleries. It is part of one of the four ‘quarters’ in downtown Wellington. Auckland's sky walk- This is 192 meters above ground, while up there you get your photo taken and learn some history. Cycling winery tour around Hawke's Bay- Located on the Te Awanga coast, this land is flat for most of the way so it will be an easy ride. All wineries are in cycling distance. 3 / 3 Bungy jumping in Taupo- In 1980 commercial bungy jumping was developed by a group of kiwis. 47 meters high makes it the highest water touch bungy in New Zealand. It looks rather terrifying and quite high so if you need an adrenaline rush this is something you need to do. Whangarrei falls- This is for the nature lovers who love a good waterfall. It is known as the most photogenic waterfall in New Zealand. It flows all round year and is 24 meters high.
If you are looking for other things to do then have a look at the list I have provided of alternate things to do in New Zealand. There is so much to do in New Zealand, I'm sure I did more than that but I was too young to remember or to keep a diary about the trip. If you are interested in other things to do the list below should help you.
In New Zealand you really must visit a place that is very of Maori culture, they have a beautiful culture and different to any other culture you will encounter. We wanted to learn about their culture and history so we went to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, which is where the early European explorers and whalers would trade and because of this there was conflict between the Europeans and the Maoris. Consequently, the leaders of each culture would meet up and negotiate, which eventually involved choosing a flag and creating a new nation. The treaty house is the oldest buildings that is still standing which dates back to 1834. It is a spiritual place where both sides of the treaty are celebrated and honoured. There are also traditional boats there that you can look at and even touch. The boats and the houses are very beautiful and very interesting to see, so this should really be on your bucket list. Waitangi Treaty Grounds is located in the Bay of Islands.
The Glowworm Caves in Waitomo were stunning, such a vibrant blue and the boat that you have to go on was very cute but can get cold so remember to bring some warm clothes with you. The guide would give you all kinds of information on the glow worms and it was very interesting, even my nine year old self was immersed in what he had to say about them. The tour of the cave is 45 minutes long and you need to book before you go on the tour just so they know how many people are coming along and can organise appropriately. The glow warm caves isn't the only tour you can do, you can do a triple tour which includes the glow warm caves, Ruakri cave and Aranui caves or can just do a tour of two options, its really up to you. Try and remember in the glow worm cave that there is no photography allowed at all but you can get a booklet that will have a picture of it for you to keep. Pictures will never do it justice to how beautiful it looks.
We went to a little town called Waiuku where there was a weather stone that tells you what the weather is by looking at the stone. It is actually quite funny, it says ‘if stone is wet it is raining’ and those type of things. It was a beautiful town, we made a lunch stop there and had a nice walk around the place before we hit the road again to go to the Glowworm Caves which was my highlight of the trip.
The first big attraction I remember going to was the Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland located in the region of Rotoura. This place is a volcanic area that is completely safe. There are multiple things to see there and you'll find that it is easy to navigate through as they have tracks the go through the whole site which you can explore at your own pace. There are information boards that tell you a bit about what you are looking at. You might even find a couple of cute cats on your walk who are very friendly. There are definitely some top sites there that you will see in this time, such as the geothermal area that has been sculptured out of volcanic activity, which is why it is very colourful. You will also see The Lady Knox Geyser that looks like a mound of mud but it erupts every day and sprays water 10-20 meters into the air. There is also the mud pool that will bubble all day, which are mini eruptions that just don't have enough force to shoot up into the air. I highly recommend going
When we went to New Zealand I was only nine years old so my memory of this place is not great but I will tell you all about the places I did visit that I remember. When we were on the road I did not always keep track of where we went but I'll mention the main things we did that you would of most likely heard of.
We were in New Zealand for two weeks which is plenty of time. We hired a camper van which was very interesting and an experience I won’t forget. In the two weeks we made our way from Auckland, which is pretty much right at the top of New Zealand, all the way down to Wellington, at the bottom of the North Island. Since this place is touristy you will find that most animals will follow you around hoping to get some food out of you, they are very cute and wouldn't attack you or anything but they like to walk with you a lot, even at some of the biggest attraction sites.
My name is Brianna Monaghan, I’m 20 years old and I have been travelling since I was 4 months old, not full time of course but my parents have always loved travelling and took me along as much as they could; I guess you could say I was born to love travel. I travelled to New Zealand in 2003 with my family, it was the first overseas trip I went on. I really enjoyed my time over there. New Zealand felt exactly like my home in Australia. We travelled to the North Island of New Zealand which was my favourite island by far. It's a beautiful country and the north is a little bit more touristy in the way that there are many attractions, whereas in the south its mainly adventurous activities. From what I have seen, the North Island is much more cultural, which is probably a big reason it is more touristy.