Did you know I went to New Zealand a few months ago?! Well, I did! I’m going to try to keep this short and sweet but I had an amazing time! I’ve been out of the country before right after graduating high school (we won’t discuss how long ago that was). This was the first time for my husband. I think if you’ve never been to another country NZ is a great first place to go. The culture is very similar to ours. No crazy foods, accents, or climate. Very easy to get acclimated within a day or two.
We left Boise Thursday March 27th, and landed in Auckland Saturday March 29th. Skipping Friday and not getting much sleep on the plane was a bit rough. If you get the chance to go to NZ, or anywhere that’s a 12 hour flight and are able to fly business class DO IT! It was amaaaaaazing being able to actually lay down and sleep for a few hours. I was totally impressed with the food, wine, and service. We were seriously spoiled really.
My husband and I were on this trip with my dad. For him is was a bit of a business trip, but he had a lot of down time to hang with us. One of his friends (Steve) lives in Wellington and drove up to Auckland to show us the city. I LOVED Auckland. It’s so beautiful and has a great night life. We had some really good food there and just walked around the harbor mainly. We didn’t spend much time downtown, I wasn’t really interested in seeing tall buildings and tourists. I wanted to experience more of the local culture… the food, the water, the boats, the docks. We don’t have that here, and it’s what I miss most about CA & FL and don’t get to see the ocean often enough. We stayed in Auckland for a couple days and then we headed South with Steve. We just took our time driving to Wellington, stopping along the way in some really cool towns and little fishing communities. Steve has a beautiful farm in Wellington with horses. I forget how many he has now but it’s somewhere around 50! We also met up with two other friends of my dads. One welcomed us to their home for a wonderful dinner after taking us out on their beautiful yacht for the day. The other also had us to their amazing home for the best dinner I’ve ever had. You’ll see photos of that dinner below with a big prawn on my plate!
Here’s a list all of my favorite places we visited with links so this post is’t a mile long. We visit Huka Falls, Huka Prawn Park where we went prawn fishing for dinner! The Waitomo Glowworm Caves which were absolutely amazing! Although you can’t take photos so that was sad. We stayed in Taupo for a few days which might have been my favorite place we stayed. We took a fishing charter on Lake Taupo. You’ll see some photos below that look smokey, it’s actually smoke from the volcano there that is spewing! We stopped at Ngarunui Beach lookout which was so beautiful. A popular surf area. We took a ferry over to Devonport, a historic victorian village just across the harbor from Auckland. We stayed at the Museum Hotel in Wellington which was interesting. Very cool hotel with really crazy art everywhere. We also ate at their restaurant the Hippopotamus. It’s super fancy, super French, and super amazing! We had an incredible 6 course wine pairing meal that I want right now!!
Below are some photos I took. Some are just from my phone, I took my camera along but tried to enjoy the experience of NZ without that thing in my face so much. Sometime it’s nice just to take it all in and not worry about getting great photos. At least for me anyway. I hope when you see these you feel like you’re on a vacation too! Enjoy!