You guys will probably want to kill us as many other travelers tried to when we said we were going to spend only 10 days in New Zealand. Most people we met didn't say good things about New Zealand, they "evangelized" us on how beautiful and awesome the country was. It is hard, but sometimes you have to deal with the reality, and the truth was that we didn't and still don't have a big budget to support our travels, so 10 days for us was more than enough for our pockets. So faced this dilemma, what can we see in 10 days ? People said the South Island was the place to go, so our first stop was Christchurch.
In order to enjoy New Zealand it is best if you rent a car or motorcycle, there are so many spots and viewpoints you can stop, we can't imagine how one can explore by bus or other way of public transportation. There were many travelers hitch-hiking through out, which is another option. We decided to rent a car, which for us was the best option because we could also use it as a "camper" and also rush through at our own pace. Ah everything felt so exciting, except in New Zealand they drive on the right side ! We thought, "oh this is probably where our trip will end...". We still remember driving out of the rental center, with our muscle tightly squeezed and holding our breath we started to navigate the roads of New Zealand. It took us about 1 hour to feel relaxed, people probably laughed at us as every turn we would signal with the wipers.
The journey was going to be a long one, 2000 kilometers in 5 days. Yes, crazy right ? During those five days we slept in our "car-camper" on parks, which actually was not bad as the infrastructure in the national parks were super impressive. Not to exaggerate but many of the public bathrooms around national park was cleaner than many hotels we stayed at. The scenery throughout our road trip is beyond our capacity to describe or put into words, so hopefully our images did a pint of justice to show the nature's greatness.
We spent those five days reflecting a lot about our lives, we just had experienced Fiji, and to be put in front, face to face to nature's greatness was a little overwhelming, but definitely inspiring. As we drove for long hours, we just kept telling ourselves how blessed we were to be able experience humbleness once again in front of the majestic earthly creations.
PS: we are currently in South East Asia, if you have any recommendations as to where to visit in India, Nepal, Myanmar leave us a comment below ! Or just say hi !
Places we visited in South Island:
Mt. Cook | Queenstown | Milford Sound | Frans Josef Glacier | Christchurch
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Sincerely Kary and Tae