One thing I noticed about New Zealand was that it was cold! After nearly ten weeks being in Australia and becoming climatised to hot weather the majority of the time – it was hard to adjust to the crisp fresh cooler climate.
However, if I had come from London I would probably say that the weather was lovely.
Nonetheless, I now know I will be returning to sunny Blighty with a faded tan. Oh no! All those months sunning it up to perfect the sun kissed glow seem a bit wasted now as I’m going to return resembling my former Casper-like self.
C’est la vie!
What I can take away is months of memories that will last a lifetime.
New Zealand is beautiful, you don’t have to drive very far to see the glorious mountains and green trees on one side and the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean on the other.
One fellow traveller said “it looks like a desktop photo- it doesn’t look real” and she was right.
My days in New Zealand have been spent taking in glorious scenery – mirror like lakes, snow toppled mountains and enchanted rainforests.
I have spotted sperm whales and orcas in the wild, taken a stab at ice climbing Franz Josef glacier and taken a leap of faith in adrenaline capital Queenstown.
I have hiked across Lord of the Rings territory on my 22km Tongarriro Alpine Crossing and summit trek. With landscapes as beautiful as this, you can see why Peter Jackson set his films here! I have embraced the rapids and waterfalls of the Kaitiaki River and white water rafted my way down the tallest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. I have black water tubed, climbed and leaped over cascading waterfalls in Ruakuri Caves known as the original Waitomo subterranean adventure.
I’ve embraced Maori culture in one of the best interactive and educational cultural performances I have seen at Tamaki Maori Village.
We stayed in a beautifully carved and decorated sleeping house (Wharemoe) and took part in traditional activities, listened to stories and songs before dining on a glorious hangi feast.
I have excitedly walked through the Hobitton movie set snapping endless pictures of the cutest hobbit holes and surroundings whilst reliving parts of the film that I remembered. And of course in true Hobbit style I finished with a cider or two at the famous Green Dragon pub! The attention to detail on the set was unreal and I never thought I would enjoy the trip as much as I did.
Despite the cold, New Zealand has been a trip full of adrenaline fuelled activities, hair raising and beautiful moments. Who would have thought I would ever do a Bungy jump? Not being the best with heights, I surprised myself but you only live once I suppose!
I’ve ticked more things off my 40list such as white water rafting and have done tons more not on the list. things before I’m forty
I’m a very lucky girl who has seen and participated in some amazing things. Things that will be imprinted in my mind for a lifetime. Memories that will always be there – my memories, my reminder of the greatness that is out there – waiting for me to experience. Waiting for all of you to experience!
Despite partaking in this epic adventure, I do miss home and my family and friends lots and am really looking forward to coming home.
However I also know what’s in store for me. My memories and amazing experiences over these past six months serve to remind me of my testament to explore as much of this world as possible.
Life is for living, enjoying, learning and sharing. As long as I can keep those memories alive, my burning desire to experience more of what this glorious world has to offer will never end.