New Zealand Maps

These are the maps of North and South Islands, and the places I visited.  There are blogs on all these places and experiences separately, but this is the overview of my travel around the two vastly different islands that make up this unique country!

I left Australia and my family behind at the end of January and flew to Auckland from Sydney.  A place that many people are curious about because it’s ‘so much like England’ (?!?!?), lots of European settlers and near to Aus for a visit (sort of!).

 I was curious.  I had heard all these things but I wasn’t prepared for the size of the place – looking small on the globe and compared to Aus but that is  huge country!) nor for the ‘backward’ feel to it and the variation in weather.

new-zealand-map-north

 An overview of my travel here goes like this:

 Arrived Auckland 28th January 2016

·         Naked Bus to Whangerai (fenguray) in the north east of the north island (£30)

·         Naked Bus for £123 for the WHOLE TWO MONTHS travel, north and south island

·         To Roturua and the hot springs and natural lava pools (supposedly a smelly place with the sulphur but little problem for me as I have little sense of smell really!)

·         On to Napier and the Art Deco architecture there plus day trip to Hastings (also on Naked Bus!)

·         On through Palmerston North as, on my way towards Wellington, having to stay in these places due to the full  accommodation with a cricket game and Edinburgh Tattoo visit to the city! 

·         I stayed in Dottie Lottie caravan at Otaki and met a lovely lady who was hosting me there!

·         Eventually on to Wellington, ready for my onward trip to the south island by ferry

·         Picton was the arrival town and seaside holiday place on the South Island

·         Then to Nelson (The One Ring that Rules them all …)

·         Then to Abel Tasman National Park I wanted to visit for its views

·         Over the island to the west for Greymouth and Westport (to be avoided!)

·         Through the mountains down the island centre back across to Christchurch

·         Down near the south to Dunedin (new Edinburgh) which I liked

·        across the island to Queenstown which I loved and visited three times due to limited travel access

·         Up to Franz Josef and Fox glacier towns and trips which was fantastic for me and my A level geography glaciation studies!

·         To the famous glaciated fjord of Marlborough Sound

·         Back over towards the east of the island via Tenaki Lake

·         Up to Kaikoura and the whale watch I wanted to do

·         Back to Picton, Wellington and up to Auckland

new-zealand-map-south

 

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