New Zealand: A Country of Picturesque Landscapes & Outdoors Adventure

This country is spectacular! Around every corner seems to be another landscape that looks almost unreal, like a portrait. The best way to do NZ is in a camper van. Also bring a tent and backpack for an entire month or two, so you have flexibility to sleep anywhere, do hikes when you feel like it, and just chill when you find a spot that you think is particularly beautiful.

People in New Zealand are into camping, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, environmental sustainability, protecting nature, etc. All good stuff.  A lot of the towns reminded me of Bend, Oregon, where there seems be to more camping store than restaurants.

I was there 25 nights and only did about 70% of the south island. I’ll probably go back sometime with a group, buy a van for 2+ months and take my time. Here are my photos from the trip.

It is beautiful literally everywhere, but I particularly enjoying these experiences:

  1. Abel Tasman trek over 3 or 4 days camping each night
  2. Milford Sound
  3. Rock climbing near Takaka
  4. Day drive around Pelorus Sound
  5. Drive from Westport to Fox Glacier. Beautiful coastal drive with the pancake rocks to stop off at.
  6. Fox & Franz Josef Glacier hikes

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