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I Just Drove 8,000km Around New Zealand And Realized This Country Can’t Be Real
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I Just Drove 8,000km Around New Zealand And Realized This Country Can’t Be Real

I’ve been traveling the world for the past 3.5 years and I had the chance to explore quite a few gorgeous places in different parts of the world. However, I knew I couldn’t say a certain place was really beautiful before I explored New Zealand.

Everyone kept telling me it’s the most picturesque country in the world and I knew it’ll be nice… but I could never have anticipated how out-of-this-world it actually was.

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I flew to Auckland, bought a 1996 Mazda SUV car and began my trip all around New Zealand

I knew the country will be beautiful, but I could never have anticipated how out-of-this-world it actually was

At first I went to the Northernmost Point in all of New Zealand that looked like a dream. Then… I started going South

A few days later I hiked the highest volcano in the country (which is also a place where they filmed “The Gates of Mordor” for The Lord of The Rings)

The next morning I crossed the famous Tongariro Crossing that took me over 20 kilometers across gorgeous mountains, valleys and lakes

Eventually I made my way to the South Island and that’s where the real fun began

First off I went to the Abel Tasman National Park and hiked 70 kilometers literally all across it in just 2 days

Then I proceeded to Wanaka, which was the most beautiful town I visited throughout the whole trip. Why?

Because this… is just one of the places I casually visited during my time there

On my last day in Wanaka I decided to see it all from above and thus I jumped from a plane at 4,500 meters above the ground. That. Was. Fun.

Then I proceeded to Queenstown, a little town in the South that claims some of the most beautiful surroundings ever!

Not only that, they have the world’s first commercial bungee jump, which I, of course, couldn’t miss

That same day I went to the very South, into the Fjordland National Park that’s bigger than Cyprus, Qatar, Jamaica and many other countries

It took me over 2 hours to trek to this lake, but I had it all to myself since it’s so remote. What a gorgeous place!

Then I started going back up North by stopping here and there. This was one of the short hikes I did during those stops. I mean… what?!

Eventually I ended up at the foot of Mt. Cook – New Zealand’s highest and most dangerous mountain

The sunset that day was… magical. I was sitting there thinking: “How can this be real life?”

Then I began making my way back to Auckland, where I’d sell my car and officially finish this breathtaking adventure

However, before I did that I simply had to visit the real Middle-Earth – the Hobbiton. It was too touristy for my taste, but I was extremely happy to finally see it real-life

All in all, it was a wonderful adventure I will never forget. And once again… HOW CAN THIS COUNTRY BE REAL? I have absolutely no idea

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tweetybird
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm so happy that this is where i live

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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh, it should be awesome to live there! I think I'll come and stay longer sometime in the future. One of the most beautiful countries in the world, for sure.

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Lisa Greene
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Used to live here, and am in the process of moving back. New Zealand is a country of unsurpassed beauty, the people are just as beautiful as their country!

Rex Harrison
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Based on your (excellent) photos, I get the impression you skipped a lot of the North Island, which, if so, is a pity. If you ever get the chance to return, might I suggest both the East and West coasts, especially Northland, Auckland (more than just a city, eg Great Barrier Island, Rangitoto, Muriwai, Karekare, Piha, Whatipu and Huia), Coromandel, Raglan and the entire East Cape! Not forgetting White Island. Oh and New Plymouth, and the Wanganui River Road - or boat..... and... we'll, you get the idea! Ideally, a month in each island would be the way to go.

Amanda Codlin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yesss I agree. I live in whitianga and we definitely have some amazing scenery that has to be explored!

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tweetybird
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm so happy that this is where i live

Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh, it should be awesome to live there! I think I'll come and stay longer sometime in the future. One of the most beautiful countries in the world, for sure.

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Lisa Greene
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Used to live here, and am in the process of moving back. New Zealand is a country of unsurpassed beauty, the people are just as beautiful as their country!

Rex Harrison
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Based on your (excellent) photos, I get the impression you skipped a lot of the North Island, which, if so, is a pity. If you ever get the chance to return, might I suggest both the East and West coasts, especially Northland, Auckland (more than just a city, eg Great Barrier Island, Rangitoto, Muriwai, Karekare, Piha, Whatipu and Huia), Coromandel, Raglan and the entire East Cape! Not forgetting White Island. Oh and New Plymouth, and the Wanganui River Road - or boat..... and... we'll, you get the idea! Ideally, a month in each island would be the way to go.

Amanda Codlin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yesss I agree. I live in whitianga and we definitely have some amazing scenery that has to be explored!

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