Planning a Trip to New Zealand

We love New Zealand! Cameron and I have been to New Zealand together twice and once each before we met. It’s an easy country to travel around by bus or car, the people are so friendly, and the scenery is beautiful. I’ve had the good fortune to have traveled around the North Island and all over the South Island. My favorite is the South Island, and we keep returning to it.

The last trip we took there was with our daughters so we attempted to cram as much as we possibly could into three weeks. We were just going to stick with the South Island, but there are some exciting experiences we could only have on the North Island, so we included some of those. Mainly, the glow worm caves at Waitomo and Hobbiton since we are big Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans. With an added stop at Otorohanga Kiwi House, we had a great start lined up.

Hobbiton

Now, where to go on the South Island? We love Milford Sound and Queenstown so we’ll fly into Queenstown. Then how do we get from there to Oamaru to see the blue penguins and more of the east coast? We aren’t attempting to see the entire South Island in one day, so we plan on driving from Milford Sound to Invercargill in the far south Then it’s on to Oamaru then Akaroa to swim with dolphins before heading back to Queenstown before flying home.

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound in the early morning

That is how we planned our trip. We realize we will miss out on many, many things but we also don’t want to come home from our trip needing a holiday to recover from moving around so much.

Now, what to pack for New Zealand in November? I think a bit of everything. After all, this is the place where there can be four seasons in one day if Crowded House is right!

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