Back in December, I visited New Zealand for ten days – far too short a visit for such a beautiful country. I split my time between the North Island and the South Island, all the while keeping track of my adventures in a Real Time Roundup. My American travel buddy and I navigated the winding roads, missed and rebooked a flight, and spent most of our time wondering how New Zealand could, in fact, be so jaw-droppingly stunning. While our trip was more of a tasting plate of all New Zealand has to offer, these are my Top 5 stops from the trip.
There’s a real purity in New Zealand that doesn’t exist in the states. It’s actually not an easy thing to find in our world anymore. It’s a unique place because it is so far away from the rest of the world. There is a sense of isolation and also being protected. – Elijah Wood
On November 28, I traveled to New Zealand for a 10-day whirlwind adventure. Full disclosure: I had no clue how much there was to see and do when I originally booked a ten day trip to NZ. Turns out that’s barely enough time to explore even part of the North or South Island, much less both of them! However, I was determined to take advantage of every second, and this post was my way of sharing it with all of you.
While it might have been easier (and possibly smarter) to spend the short time I had on each of NZ’s islands in just one or two cities, the trip I ended up “planning” was more of a Highlights of New Zealand route – shorter visits to more locations.
With that said, as my travel buddy Steph and I made our way through New Zealand, I updated this post with details about what we did, where we stayed, the route we ended up taking, and anything else along the way. It was definitely a new thing for me to keep more of a daily journal of our experiences rather than hindsight posts, but it was fun to go through our highs and lows at the end of each day and think about where the next day would take us. Enjoy!
“I’m not sure what I’ll do, but— well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Last night, I booked a trip to New Zealand in November. Had I planned on doing that for weeks on end as per usual? Had I even really thought about it up until the day before? Nope. I booked the flight because it was cheap. Surprise! While mentally reassuring myself that booking a flight without a plan was not completely insane (conclusion: it’s not), I felt all at once a rush of excitement and a calm sense of satisfaction.