New Zealand Stories Index

For three incredible weeks in July/August 2013, my girlfriend and I travelled from the top of New Zealand to the bottom on a Kiwi Experience Bus. We experienced a breathtaking variety of landscapes, partook in some extreme adrenaline-filled activities and were completely blown away by the entire country. This is our story.

We started in Auckland before checking out the amazing Hot Water Beach and going Black Water Rafting at Waitomo’s incredible glowworm caves!

Jumping into the tube for the first time

Black Water Rafting at Waitomo

Our next stop was steamy Rotorua, the geothermal hotspot and New Zealand’s most visited natural tourist attraction.

Rotorua

Rotorua

Crossing Tongariro (aka Mordor from Lord of the Rings) was the greatest hike of my life.

Tongariro Crossing

Tongariro Crossing

At River Valley, I went Horse-Riding in Hobbit-Land.

River Valley horse-riding

River Valley horse-riding

We partied at Lake Mahinapua

Party at the Poo Pub!

Party at the Poo Pub!

…before Heli-Hiking over a glacier in Franz Josef!

The helicopter departs the glacier

The helicopter departs the glacier

The one we had been waiting for: it was time for Queenstown

Queenstown

Queenstown

For some mad reason, we threw ourselves off a canyon!

Canyon Swinging in Queenstown

Canyon Swinging in Queenstown

The very next day we went snowboarding at Cardona!

Posing with Jodes

Posing with Jodes

We had a well-earned drink … at an Ice Bar!

Ice Bar

Queenstown Ice Bar

We checked out Milford Sound, which Rudyard Kipling called ‘the eighth wonder of the world’.

Waterfalls.. so many waterfalls!

Waterfalls.. so many waterfalls!

Our final stop was Christchurch, a place rebuilding with hope after the tragic 2010/11 earthquakes in the CBD.

Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral

You can check out my highlights of NZ here, and my guide to kiwi hostels here.

 

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