Two Years In New Zealand: My Top 10 Experiences

New Zealand

I can’t quite believe it, but I’m writing this blog post on the two year anniversary of us arriving in New Zealand! To mark this milestone, I’ve decided to compile a bit of a visual best of; photos that capture my top 10 New Zealand memories and experiences from the past couple of years. Many of these are destinations that have already featured on the blog, but I’m so behind on my writing that there are several new places I want to shine a spotlight on too. (I promise upcoming posts on all of them!)

I consider New Zealand my adoptive country in many ways, but of course I’m hardly a local. So with that caveat, here are my very favourite New Zealand highlights in no particular order.

MY TOP 10 NEW ZEALAND EXPERIENCES

1. WALKING ON A GLACIER AND SEEING JAW-DROPPING ALPINE SCENERY AROUND MOUNT COOK

Tasman Glacier, The Helicopter Line Helihike - Things to do in Mount Cook and Tekapo, New Zealand

Glacier-streaked Mountains - Things to do in Mount Cook and Tekapo, New Zealand

2. STAR GAZING BENEATH A PERFECT NIGHT SKY IN TEKAPO

Milky Way, Magellanic Clouds, Night Sky - Star Gazing at Mt John Observatory, Tekapo, New Zealand - Things to do in New Zealand

3. DREAMING OF MOVING INTO THE HOBBITON FILM SET, MATAMATA

Hobbiton Travel Blog - Travel Tips, Hobbiton Movie Set New Zealand - The Shire, including the Party Tree

Hobbiton Travel Blog - Travel Tips, Hobbiton Movie Set New Zealand - Hobbit Hole Facade and Door

4. TAKING IN PRISTINE COASTAL BEAUTY FROM A TALLSHIP AND PARASAILING IN THE BAY OF ISLANDS

5. EMBRACING HISTORY AND NATURAL BEAUTY AND FINDING A HOME IN WELLINGTON

Mt Victoria - Things to do in Wellington New Zealand

Parliament and the Beehive – Things to do in Wellington New Zealand

6. GLIMPSING A WHALE, KAIKOURA

Kaikoura Coastline - Things to do in New Zealand

Whale watching in Kaikoura - Things to do in New Zealand

7. MARVELLING AT A CANOPY OF GLOWWORMS, WAITOMO

Things to do in New Zealand North Island - Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

8. TAKING FLIGHT IN A GLIDER, HUTT VALLEY

Gliding in New Zealand - Glider

Gliding in New Zealand - New Zealand from the skies

9. THE INCREDIBLE COLOURS (AND SMELLS!) OF WAI-O-TAPU THERMAL WONDERLAND

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Rotorua, New Zealand

10. SPOTTING WILDLIFE AND GETTING LOST IN THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF NEW ZEALAND, MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Forest en route to Milford Sound - Things to do in New Zealand

Source: thepaintedglobe.com

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