Proud to be a Kiwi

In honour of Waitangi Day, New Zealand’s National Day, on February 6th I thought I would share 6 reasons why I am proud to be a Kiwi.

1. New Zealand is stunning!

Lets face it New Zealand is bloody gorgeous. Seaside towns neighbouring a colourful patchwork of plains leading up to snow capped mountains, and that’s just on the South Island! New Zealand is known throughout the world has having an abundance of natural beauty and even some of it’s cities can hold their own – Wellington anyone? Whenever I see New Zealand featured in films or TV shows (think Lord of the Rings), I get a real buzz knowing that is my country being showcased and feel excited that other people are seeing what my country has to offer.

Road to Aoraki/Mt Cook
The road leading to Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain. Lake Pukaki is on the right and a sight to be seen in it’s own right

2. There’s loads of stuff to do

Want to surf in the morning and climb a mountain in the afternoon, no problem. New Zealand has so many activities that I couldn’t possibly list them all here. No matter what you want to do, New Zealand has it. Want adrenalin based adventure? Then Queenstown is your place. Want to experience some of the best wine in the world? There are not many regions in the country that don’t produce wine. Want some cosmopolitan city life? Give Auckland’s Viaduct area a try. Or maybe you just want to relax and leave the stress of life behind, then Hanmer Springs is the place for you. There is so much to do in New Zealand that you need to take your time to fit everything in. People often ask me how long they should spend in New Zealand and I usually respond that at least two weeks on each island will give you just a taste of what the country has to offer. I haven’t even mentioned the whole Lord of the Rings/Hobbit tourism attractions – Amanda from A Dangerous Business has a great blog about New Zealand as Middle-Earth

Out the train window
Taking in the scenery while relaxing on the Tranz Alpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth

3. Kiwi Ingenuity

Did you ever think that one day you would strap a rubberband to your ankles and jump off a bridge? Well AJ Hackett thought itย seemed like a good idea back in 1988, and thus was born bungy jumping. Another NZ adventure invention is the Zorb, created by two Rotorua brothers and now done around the world. Lets not forget the famous No 8 wire.

4.ย Doesn’t have to take long to get places

You are never more than about 120 km from the sea in New Zealand which means you can easily experience different parts of country on the same day. Driving from Christchurch in the east to Westport in the west takes about 5 hours and takes you through dramatically different landscapes from the Canterbury Plains into the heights of the Southern Alps and then the forests of the West Coast.The only downside is that being at the bottom of the world, it takes a while (and a lot of money) to get anywhere else in the world. But why would you want to go anywhere else when the whole of New Zealand is your backyard.

View over Sumber
Overlooking Sumner in the foreground and Christchurch & the Southern Alps in the distance

5. Amazing road trips

There are some pretty amazing road trips to be had in New Zealand. A fewย of my favourites are the drive from Christchurch to Blenheim via Kaikoura, driving anywhere in the Coromandel and the West Coast of the South Island from Westport down to Wanaka. Wonderful scenery, the roads are pretty good to travel on and the people in small town New Zealand are just lovely.

Paradise
New Zealand is made for roadtripping

6. There’s no place like home

That moment, when I’m on the plane and we cross over the Southern Alps into Canterbury I can feel it. I am home.

View of the South Island
The mighty Waimakariri River, Lake Coledridge and the Southern Alps… this means I’m home

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