New Zealand has taken the honor of being the “Nicest Place” we’ve ever been. Not only for its amazing scenery, but also for its people. We have truly lived the dream here and below is just a little wrap up and ten things we learned and loved about New Zealand, the land of the Kiwi (which is a fruit, a bird, and a person).
1) Sheep, there are lots of sheep (which Simone fell in love with).
2) Roundabouts, they love their roundabouts.
3) One way bridges: With only four million people in the entire country, New Zealand hasn’t found the need to widen many of their bridges so that two cars can pass over a bridge at one time.
4) Sealed, then unsealed roads: When driving in New Zealand, you’ll be driving along on a sealed road, then it changes to unsealed and back to sealed for no apparent reason.
5) Rain. To say that it rains a lot in New Zealand would be an understatement. Of course we were there in spring, which is the wettest time of the year. The upside to this was that it was just before the start of the busy season and the waterfalls and rivers were in full force.
6) Rugby. It’s pretty much everything.
7) NZ is expensive. When you convert liters into gallons, we were paying between $8 and $9 per gallon for gasoline. The food wasn’t cheep either, but we were on an island in the middle of the ocean.
8) Lots of “Freebies”. There are free services and things to do wherever you turn, such as museums, zoos, botanical gardens, National Parks, and of course the “Great Walks” that New Zealand is famous for.
9) I-sites: We can’t forget the wonderful information centers that helped us navigate our way around and even book hotels for us. They might just be the best service provided.
10) People: Last, but certainly not least are the wonderful people of New Zealand. We did not think it was possible for the majority of a country to be as nice as the people were here. They are not only friendly, but are excited to share their country and would do anything for you.
Thank you New Zealand for all that you have given us. We shall return another day to enjoy your seemingly endless beauty and wonderful people.
Coming Soon: Australia first impressions