New Zealand is unique and special for a few reasons. Located at the bottom of the world, we are most notable for Lord of The Rings, The Hobbit and the amazing scenery on offer. We also have the southern most capital, ranked the coolest little capital by Lonely Planet in 2013 and from Christchurch we provide logistical support for both our own and the United States Antarctica operations. Very soon, we’ll be joining the space race with the countries first launch site having been established on the Mahia Penensila south of Gisbourne.
It’s also my home country and it’s amazing. I’ve always heard the saying “Don’t leave home until you’ve seen your own country”, I don’t know if that’s a New Zealand saying or not but its a saying I’ve kind of lived by. I say kind of because over the years while I have travelled overseas I have also explored New Zealand and all it has to offer.
New Zealand has such a difference of landscape and culture between the top and bottom that you can’t just talk about New Zealand as one place.
In January this year (2017) I visited Opotiki & Gisbourne also known as Out East, for the first time. With these places visited and ticked off the list, the only areas left for me to visit on the mainland is Dunedin, Invercargill & Strewart Island. To finish New Zealand I also have to make a trip out east to the Chatham Islands.
- Bay of Islands
- Central Plateau
- West Coast