The New Zealand Travel Bucket List

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My New Zealand Bucket List

Not long after I arrived in New Zealand for the second time (January 3rd 2012), I decided to create a New Zealand bucket list.

There were two reasons for this:

  1. My visa (working holiday) and subsequently work contract was for 12 months
  2. Wherever I have lived, I’ve always left saying “I wish I visited there … or did that”.

So in my first year here (I am coming up to two years in the country), I wrote a big list and stuck it to my wardrobe. I periodically added to the list, the more I discovered about New Zealand. The list was comprised of places as well as experiences.

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The classic hold the landmark shot: The lighthouse at Cape Regina, Northland.

I got through the majority of them in my first 6 months. I still have a number of places and things I want to do and see.

Some of the awesome things on the list have been … Lake Tekapo (the lake, the views, the pretty church, hot pools and ice rink)

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Luppins at Lake Tekapo, with Mount Cook in the background

 

Bungy jumping in Auckland

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Bungy jumping off Auckland harbour bridge (look at that face!)

Swimming with dolphins in Akaroa

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Getting close to the world’s smallest dolphins, the Hector’s Dolphin in Akaroa
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Reflecting at the Mirror Lakes, Lake Matheson, South Westland

Climbing through ice tunnels on Fox Glacier

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Getting comfortable in an ice cave. Fox Glacier, South Westland

Eating Huhu grubs at the Hokitika Wild foods festival

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Grubs on the menu. Eating a Huhu Grub at the Wild Foods festival

There are many more awesome things about New Zealand,  and if you read through my blog from the past year and a half, you can read the stories of these adventures. Remaining on the to see/do list are, Napier (wine country), The alpine crossing, and Milford or Doubtful sound.

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