A few weeks ago for spring break I had the amazing opportunity to travel to New Zealand otherwise known as the land of the long white cloud. This name was given to it by the Maori, the native population of New Zealand. Some friends and I spent a few days on the south island traveling to Christchurch, the west coast, Wanaka, and Queenstown.
I really enjoyed the west coast as it was beautifully situated between the ocean and the southern alps. It has a small population of just 30,000 people so during our time there we definitely saw more sheep than people. Queenstown however was definitely the highlight of the trip. Situated on Lake Wakatipu, it offers some of the best views in New Zealand. It has a small town vibe and some fantastic restaurants such as the world famous Fergburger. The town also sits at the base of Mount Ben Lomond, which you can hike to the top. Four friends and I decided to take on the 6 hour hike almost 1 mile high. Needless to say the views were well worth it, the featured image was one I took at the peak.
While there we did several other famous hikes including the ‘lone tree’ of Wanaka and the Franz Josef Glacier. Another highlight was a Milford Sound cruise that features stunning waterfalls and lets out into the Sea of Tasman off the south coast. Overall, I can’t say enough good things about New Zealand and if given the chance I’d highly recommend a visit. Luckily now its just back to Sydney.
Until next time, Cheers!