Mum & Dad hit up NZ

My parents had been meaning to visit New Zealand for years. They’ve been talking about it… but never got their butts in gear and did something about it. But when I decided to come out here, they finally got their act together to visit this fabulous country, and also, of course, their darling daughter.

I spent around 6 weeks travelling around the North and South Islands with them, staying in some amazing (and some not so amazing…) hostels, visiting places that I hadn’t yet been to, and just having a fantastic time being back with my nearest and dearest.

Photo Gallery of the North Island

Some highlights from our trip together include;

  • Riding on the ‘Driving Creek Railway’ in Coromandel Town. In essence, this is a mini railway line built by Barry Brickell over the period of 40 years – the line goes up a hill through the bush, with spectacular views at the top.
  • Driving round the East Coast – exploring the wildest areas of New Zealand. Where Captain Cook first disembarked on NZ soil, the isolated Maori communities, and the largely desolate areas of Tokamaru Bay and Tolaga – the latter is famous for housing New Zealand’s longest wharf.
  • Stepping back in time in Napier – where the whole town was rebuilt in the 1930s Art Deco after a big earthquake.
  • Walking the 19.4km Tongariro crossing on a beautifully sunny day.
  • Spending a day walking the Abel Tasman track – discovering pristine sandy beaches and beautiful views along the way.
  • Flying sky high in a helicopter over the glaciers and Mount Cook in the Southern Alps.
  • Showing them around my former Queenstown home and taking them for a delicious meal at Britannia – my former workplace and fantastic restaurant.
  • A trip on the Earnslaw in Queenstown – learning about the farm and enjoying a yummy afternoon tea overlooking Lake Wakatipu.
  • Walking around the foot of Mount Cook in Mount Cook National Park – unfortunately the peak was covered in clouds, but the beauty of the place is breathtaking regardless.
  • The beautiful carpet of Lupins near Lake Tekapo.
  • Numerous Mummy cuddles that will hopefully last me until I next see them…

Photo Gallery of the South Island

Roadtrippin’ New Zealand with the parents was a truly fantastic (though sometimes stressful) experience; it was great to see them again and to explore this wonderful country that has been my home for the last year. I think Mum hopes I settle here so she can enjoy back to back summers…

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