My parents had been meaning to visit New Zealand for years. They’ve been talking about it… but never got their butts in gear and did something about it. But when I decided to come out here, they finally got their act together to visit this fabulous country, and also, of course, their darling daughter.
I spent around 6 weeks travelling around the North and South Islands with them, staying in some amazing (and some not so amazing…) hostels, visiting places that I hadn’t yet been to, and just having a fantastic time being back with my nearest and dearest.
Photo Gallery of the North Island
Some highlights from our trip together include;
- Riding on the ‘Driving Creek Railway’ in Coromandel Town. In essence, this is a mini railway line built by Barry Brickell over the period of 40 years – the line goes up a hill through the bush, with spectacular views at the top.
- Driving round the East Coast – exploring the wildest areas of New Zealand. Where Captain Cook first disembarked on NZ soil, the isolated Maori communities, and the largely desolate areas of Tokamaru Bay and Tolaga – the latter is famous for housing New Zealand’s longest wharf.
- Stepping back in time in Napier – where the whole town was rebuilt in the 1930s Art Deco after a big earthquake.
- Walking the 19.4km Tongariro crossing on a beautifully sunny day.
- Spending a day walking the Abel Tasman track – discovering pristine sandy beaches and beautiful views along the way.
- Flying sky high in a helicopter over the glaciers and Mount Cook in the Southern Alps.
- Showing them around my former Queenstown home and taking them for a delicious meal at Britannia – my former workplace and fantastic restaurant.
- A trip on the Earnslaw in Queenstown – learning about the farm and enjoying a yummy afternoon tea overlooking Lake Wakatipu.
- Walking around the foot of Mount Cook in Mount Cook National Park – unfortunately the peak was covered in clouds, but the beauty of the place is breathtaking regardless.
- The beautiful carpet of Lupins near Lake Tekapo.
- Numerous Mummy cuddles that will hopefully last me until I next see them…
Photo Gallery of the South Island
Roadtrippin’ New Zealand with the parents was a truly fantastic (though sometimes stressful) experience; it was great to see them again and to explore this wonderful country that has been my home for the last year. I think Mum hopes I settle here so she can enjoy back to back summers…