Saturday, October 10, 2009

"...you say, you're identical to none, but you're identical to some, who wants to be a some? Not me..."

This past weekend, I took the hop over the Tasman Sea to New Zealand. For years, when I had spoken to people who had been to Australia and New Zealand, I would ask, "Which did you prefer?" and without a doubt, they always said, "New Zealand." For me, Australia has always been where I wanted to explore but now having gone to New Zealand, I understand what they all meant. The place is stunning. Every time that you turn a corner, there is another picture perfect shot. The green is greener than I had ever seen, the blue bluer, the mountains higher. It really is an amazing place. I arrived in Christchurch and spent a very cold night there before taking, what was supposed to be a quick flight, down to Queenstown in the middle of the Southern Alps. However, after a two hour airport delay and 20 minutes on the flight, an announcement was made that we would have to fly to Dunedin instead due to a snowstorm in Queenstown. Some people were ticked off but for me, it was a free tour. We landed in Dunedin and then took a four hour bus ride to Queenstown. The ride went through some very remote mountain roads but the scenery was worth it all. After arriving in Queenstown, I explored the town and nearly froze. It is a quaint, little town surrounded by the Remarkable Mountains and on the edge of Lake Wakatipu. On Sunday morning, I took a tour to Milford Sound. We encountered a random snowstorm, so like the toddler that I am, I jumped off of the bus and wanted to have a snowball fight. Upon arriving to Milford Sound, I took a boat tour and we were surrounded by a pod of dolphins at the beginning of the journey. They jumped along in the wake of the boat and added to the views that were too much to take in because everything was eye catching. There was something amazing around each and every turn. After the tour ended, it was back to Queenstown and the following morning, I went to the top of a mountain and got a full, aerial view of the town. I feel like my photos look like I was photoshopped into some crazy scene because it is that surreal there. I have never seen a place that was so picturesque. After Queenstown, a short mid-day flight lead me back to Christchurch and I ventured through the Botanical Gardens and the Canterbury Museum, which is a nice, little place that tells the story of early settlement in New Zealand. Then, it was off to bed and prepping for a 6am flight back to Sydney and then straight to work because I am a champion. I have to say, Australia is still my favorite for sentimental reasons but New Zealand is a must see place for anyone that wants to be charmed by awesome scenery and friendly people.

15 comments:

Michelle said...

Wow, New Zealand is gorgeous! You should audition to be a tour guide... you're really good. I felt like I was watching the Discovery Channel.

Island Nomad said...

good onya mate. making the most out of every turn. i share your enthusiasm for NZ, and I can't wazit for my own life-long wanted trip to Milford Sound and to see
those dolphins. I can skip the snowstorms, however.

Press on, Dee

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I see you have upgraded and got a camera person!

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