KIA ORA TATOU! Haere mai to Disneyland New Zealand!!! Welcome to a perfect world of amusement, great entertainment, wild life, cool people, unbeatable landscapes and never-ending fun!!
The rollercoaster is awaiting you to cross both islands from North to South, from the first sun rises in the world to the charming sunsets, from Maori traditions to advanced technology, from deeper sea-dives to highest sky-dives, from unexplored caves to unreachable mountain craters, from black beaches to white sand bays, from endless trekking trails to long day sailings, from beach surfing to glacier exploring routes, from panoramic roads to exotic train tracks, from modern cities to deserted fiords, from –nothing is free in New Zealand- hundreds to thousands of dollars. Don’t think it twice. HOP ON!
New Zealand is proud to offer all this and much more to every cuz who wish to visit this further corner of the world. Should you know that visa entry becomes an easy procedure (meticulous food and virus control to expect, though) and even working is an attractive purpose for many foreigners. European standard accommodation, international food (plus local famous fish & chips), superior road network, many activities companies and Nature are just out there. COME ON!!. Grab your jandals, togs and sunnies for your Tiki tour and explore it up!!
Kiwis (local people named as the Kiwi shoes polish cream became the most popular NZ item for visitors to take with them) will show you all around nicely and friendly. Are you an urban piker? Then you can enjoy the fourth mass land city in the world Auckland, the “City of Sails”, and its volcanoes and sail races, the “windy capital” of Wellington, “second largest” city Christchurch or “the adventure capital of the world”, Queenstown. But maybe you want something else, right? So get off the beaten track and cross the alpine craters of Tongariro, walk for days besides the sea at Abel Tasman Park, get lost at Mountain Cook, gawk the worldwide known Milford Sound, participate in a unique Maori Haka dance or dare to try the Tranzalpine trail option of Arthur’s Pass train trail. Not enough? Brave bro, eh? Let’s endeavor wop-wops then or join cool activities such as swimming with dolphins, sandboarding, surfing, kayaking, rafting, glacier treks, helicopter scenic flights or sky dive. All over the country!!
Whereas you can find amusement parks artificially made up green and natural in other places of the planet, NZ is a virgin wild land where all activities suit nature-friendly. Moreover, we guarantee safety and fun during your trip, we always promote eco-friendly measures and we make sure you have a comfy stay. Hey, didn’t you know this is the Perfect Country? Ai! Don’t trust us? Test us out. Will you suddenly need a toilet in a deserted bay beach? There it is. Are you scared of spiders or snakes? No animal will hurt you greatly. They simply do not exist here –just a few mosquitoes- Didn’t bring the accurate clothes or equipment for activities? You can hire them in many places (fee applies). Don’t like the weather? Just wait 5 minutes…
All you need to enjoy the rugby world champion country is a pocket fairly full of money as most of the activities are guided and monitored. Free explorers will have a hard time, though. Rent a caravan or easily join one of the hop-on hop-off buses such as Kiwi, Stray or Nakedbuses and the drivers will take you everywhere, give you explanations, assist you in your needs and guide you along the way. Get on and off as many times as you like for a few days and meet new mates. Time runs slowly as live is wild and funny down here, ensure yourself you fully enjoy it!!
Despite Dutch Abel Tasan first sighted NZ on December 1642, it was Captain James Cook who first established relationship with the Maories tribes in 1769. The Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, despite controversial, meant the formal agreement between the two races and created a new country under the British Sovereignty. And now you can be the next explorer in “the newest nation in the world”!!
Isn’t it AWESOME?
I saw? = 90miles route (Cape Reinga), Auckland, Raglan, Rotorua, Tongariro alpine crossing, Wellington, Nelson & Abel Tasman Park (South Island).
I slept? = Hostel dorms and rooms.
I ate? = Fish & Chips, goat with curry, hamburgers, BBQ, food cooked in geothermal natural ovens and maaaaany sandwiches.
I met? = The Stray bus passengers throughout the North Island. A great team from Canada, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Brazil, Finland, USA, France. Among them I was lucky meeting Erika, a silent girl searching for answers at this Southern latitudes after turning her world upside down –I really wish you find your “Southern Cross”-; Martin, who decided travelling will be his first aim despite his age –good move, mate, we had great time together-; Edwin, a shy but great guy who will lope the planet this year –make a stop in Malaga if possible.
Troubles? = This is a totally poles apart destiny after visiting Asia so it takes a while to fit in. Everything is hugely expensive too. Lack of time to visit the South Island except for two days around Nelson. Really worthwhile, though. Knee pain for days after the crossing.
Like most? = The combination of Nature and activities becomes really unique along the country. The 73 km bus ride along the 90 miles beach. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is breathtaking. The caving expedition was outstanding. The bus mates, we definitely had a smashing time together. Abel Tasman Park and the sunset in Nelson.
Disliked most? = The food lacks of variety despite its high cost. You had to pay a fairly high fee for internet access everywhere.
Transport means? = Bus (2.804km), hired car (420), ship (61), walking (80)
Side they drive? = Left hand side.
My Prices? = Hostel room: 20 € a night. Bus ticket: 350 € (2.700 km). Food: 10 € fast food, 20 € for restaurant. Bottle of water: 0,90 €. Petrol: 1,40 euro/l.
Bric-a-brac? = Swimming in springs water pools in rivers and beaches. The accent turns a bit difficult to understand at first but you get use to it. Very informal, though by using a lot of local expressions, slang words and tips like “mate”, “bro”, “cuz” and other stuff. Everything is “awesome” there.