City view from the ferry
Auckland was my introduction to New Zealand, and a well-received one at that. This city gets a lot of flack from travelers and Kiwis alike, but I felt it had much to offer, particularly with all of the islands to explore dotting its harbor. I arrived late into the city and settled in, ready for the next day’s trip to Waiheke Island.
Lake Matheson reflection pool with views of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman
In my opinion, the South Island is significantly more stunning than the North. With the Sounds, Fjords, and Southern Alps, the natural beauty of the South Island cannot be paralleled. Beauty aside, my ten days in the South Island was filled with hits and misses. While I had perfect weather every day, a handful of my desired activities were cancelled for various reasons. I had to chock that up to the ebbs and flows of travel…plus, I was in NEW ZEALAND. I really couldn’t complain.
As a newbie to the wonderful world of travel, I will be the first to admit that my knowledge of countries around the world is limited; New Zealand is no exception. I booked my trip two months prior to my departure date, selecting a one-week stint before returning back to Australia. One week! I am embarrassed now to admit it. This is how little I knew.