New Zealand Travel Tips
Let’s talk about the ultimate New Zealand trip. Waking up in the heart of Sauvignon Blanc country, it’s less than an hour drive to the town of Picton, and the northern terminus of Highway 1. With no highway left in front of me, I turn westward and wind along the Marlborough Sound on Queen Charlotte Drive. I walked along verdant cliffs with inlets of emerald water dropping out below my driver’s side windows. It’s almost as if Maui’s legendary Hana Highway were recast along Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. If you want to travel by Intercity Bus, I recommend the Flexipass. You can buy hours and travel any route in the country, depending on how long it takes. It is a great way to hop around the country without having to pay a ton of money.
The world’s youngest geothermal system, Waimangu Volcanic Valley was created mid-1886 by the volcanic eruption of Mount Tarawera. A magical place brimming with bubbling pools, steaming craters, and one of the bluest lakes you’ve ever laid eyes on. Whichever way you chose to learn about New Zealand’s past, you’ll come away with a new respect for the land and its people. You can wander around the shire, a real-life movie set featured in The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit films.
English is the dominant language in New Zealand, but Maori is also an official language in honour of the native people who inhabited the islands. I have been to New Zealand multiple times and still learn new things about it every time I go. Even though the country may not be as “exotic” as other destinations around the world, it still has characteristics and quirks that many people may not be aware of. You don’t want to leave your home without having a good travel insurance policy. Today, you’ll be heading towards Christchurch, the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island.
Imagine yourself driving along the West Coast of South Island, stopping at Pancake Rocks or Franz Josef Glacier. Or, driving from Christchurch to Queenstown via scenic wonders such as Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki. Or making your way to the tip of Island on the Twin Coast Discovery highway. New Zealand is a small country so you can see most of its highlights in just two weeks.
Start driving down to Te Anau in the early afternoon. It’s a beautiful drive, even though there aren’t many things to stop and look at along the way. Despite this, the Devil’s Staircase view is just as spectacular as any other view on the South Island. A visit to Queenstown would not be complete without grabbing a massive burger fromFergburger.