Best Break Ever Part 8: New Zealand real quick.Posted: May 22, 2011
Okay, here’s the deal. As much as I’d love to tell you every detail of my five days in New Zealand, I only have three weeks left in Australia and I’m waaaay behind on blogging. So I’m just going to give you a quick highlight reel of the awesome stuff I saw and did. If you want to know more, well, as I said, I’ll be home in three weeks.
For now, I’ll only say the country is just as brilliant and green and wild and beautiful and enchanting as you’ve always imagined.
Hot Water Beach
Wherein I dipped my feet in hot water pools created by digging holes in the sandy beach, then went for a walk with a couple of Danish women from my tour group.
I’m just going to leave these photos here for you, k?
Somewhere along the road
Pretty scenery this way. And everywhere else, too.
Buffalo Beach, Mercury Bay
Wherein I had the best fish and chips possibly ever, watched the sun set on a beautiful beach, slept in a hostel by the ocean, and watched the sun rise again the next morning.
Twin Kauri Scenic Reserve
Wherein I hugged a giant Kauri tree.
Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway
Wherein I explored an abandoned gold mine and crossed a really, really wobbly bridge.
Wherein I pretended I’d seen more than zero “Lord of the Rings” movies and just generally had fun saying “Matamata” a lot.
Wherein parks are built around bubbling mud pools and steam vents come out of people’s back yards. The entire town smells like rotten eggs and I’d never seen anything quite like it.
Rotorua is home to lots Maori people, and I had a wonderful cultural experience/dinner there.
In Rotorua, I also went zorbing. My tour guide described it best when he said, “Zorbing is like your first time. It’s wet, warm, and over in 30 seconds, but you’d do it again in a heartbeat.”
Wherein I went on a cave tour and saw a magical array of glowworms, but didn’t take photos because really there’s no point.
Wherein I watched the sun set and that’s about it, because I didn’t have time to go kayaking or skydiving.