“Man, this is beautiful here!!!”, that was our standard in new Zealand. Because the country is incredibly pretty and varied, with fjords, glaciers, snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, beaches, whales, dolphins and penguins. I have been there twice and will come back in any case! I’ll give you some tips and tricks for the perfect trip to the Kiwis (new Zealanders), do you route suggestions and introduce you to the main attractions.
New Zealand is smaller than Germany and has just 4.4 million inhabitants, is sparsely populated. New Zealand comprises two main Islands (North and South island) and numerous smaller Islands.
On the green hills of the North island, sheep grazing, between them rise volcanoes. On the South island are the Southern Alps in the very South is the island of the deeply incised coastline of the Fiordland national Park completed. The perfect Destination make the country besides the Kiwis, the very open and friendly.
You have surely “the Lord of The rings”? New Zealand is also in reality so beautiful. In the island I saw with Carsten on one day three rainbows. And as we with the Bus on a Bay feeders, jumped there dolphins. The borders on Kitsch. But it’s still nice…
Here are my travel tips for new Zealand:
Travel time For a trip you should definitely 3 weeks to take time. Because new Zealand is relatively small, but there is a lot to see. And the long flight was worth it.
Seasons: Winter in Germany = summer in new Zealand The first Time I was in new Zealand’s summer there, the second Time in the autumn. I highly recommend the summer with its pleasant temperatures, even if high season is. In the autumn it was partially sensitive to cool and it rained more often.
Health In new Zealand come up on a venomous spider species no other dangerous animals. At best extremely annoying were the tiny sand flies, the us in the Catlins swarmed around. And remember the Motto to protect from the intense sun: “Slip into a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat and wrap on a pair of sunglasses.”
Security New Zealand is a very safe destination, what the crime is. Also Driving in the left-hand traffic we have outside the cities as completely unproblematic experience. Just on the South island we have miles of no other car seen, just a sea lion on the beach.
Language The English in the former British colony is easy to understand. Even if an Englishwoman once said to me, in your ears, hear all of the cute out-of-date. Otherwise, it is in new Zealand, also the language of the native Maori is spoken. New Zealand is called in the Maori way, “Aotearoa”, which translates to “Land of the long white cloud”.
The People The Kiwis are perhaps the allernetteste people at all. Like the Cologne, you are always in for a chat. When we were on the Abel Tasman Coast Track were Hiking, we met a group of around 30 Kiwis contrary, all around 70. Each of them said something to us: Just only “Hello” or “Beautiful day, isn’t it?”. So cute!!
I find the Maori culture fascinating with the Haka dance (Zungeherausstrecken included), tattoos (Moko) and the Hangi-food in the earth oven is prepared. In particular, many Maori on the North island, around Rotorua.
My main question was at the beginning: South island or North island? If your tight with time and are only one of the two can make, then decide for the South island. It is even more exciting and varied than the North island. On the North island you will find, however, more Maori, if you stand up for your culture.
I have 2 route options provided tried:
Route 1: North – and South island (1 month) Traveling with Bus, train and ferry Auckland – Coromandel Peninsula – Matamata (Hobbit-caves) – Rotorua (Maori, geysers) – Lake Taupo – Tongariro national Park – Wellington – with the ferry over to the South island to Picton with the Coastal Pacific train to Kaikoura (on the picture – with whales, dolphins and Swimming with seals) – Christchurch (largest city in the country, was the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes severely damaged) – with the TranzAlpine train to Greymouth – Franz Josef glacier Doubtful Sound (the boat trip to it, I still like it better than the Milford Sound) – Auckland
Route 2: South Island (3 Weeks) On the road with the rental car Christchurch Moeraki Boulders (large stone balls in the sea, pictured above) – Dunedin – Otago Peninsula (beaches and harbour seals) – Catlins – Curio Bay (petrified forest, penguins) – Queenstown (bungee jumping or Skydiving, I have both not tried) – Milford Sound – Lake Wanaka (beautiful lake) – Fox-glacier – Pancake Rocks (picture below) – Golden Bay (Hippieflair, beaches, and Harbor seals) – the Abel Tasman Coast Track (I’m moved, but under Protest!) – Nelson – Kaikoura – Christchurch
The main attractions Depending on whether your North or South island visit, you can for example, in Auckland or Christchurch with the airplane land. For me, however, not the cities the appeal of new Zealand, but the incredibly beautiful nature. Hikers (which I tend not to belong), are drawn to the “Great Walks”.
Kaikoura: whales, dolphins and Swimming with seals The coastal town of Kaikoura is known for its rich wildlife. Whales, dolphins, seals and penguins are to be seen here.
During our Whale Watching, we were lucky: We saw several whales and many dolphins. Unfortunately, the sea was pretty rough and Carsten was soon green in the face. A tablet against motion sickness take beforehand is a good idea.
I booked a Swim in the sea with seals. With 5 other visitors and 2 Guides, I went in a small boat out to sea. From the cold of the water, we were with Wetsuit, hood, gloves and flippers protected.
We drove to a large rock in the sea, on the approximately 50 Harbor seals faulenzten. For an hour we snorkeled around the rock and swam with the seals through the water. The were not at all shy, but we came curiously very close.
Dunedin and Otago Peninsula We drove into the schottischste city in new Zealand, after Dunedin. There were old houses on the high hill, scattered. We hiked up Baldwin Street high, the steepest street in the world.
On a beautiful Sunny day, we drove to the Otago Peninsula. The Peninsula closes at Dunedin, there are a lot of animals. At the deserted Sandfly Bay basking seals and we saw one of the rare yellow-eyed penguins, a sand dune hinaufwatscheln.
Franz Josef glacier and Fox glacier I was particularly impressed with, in new Zealand, the Franz Josef glacier. In a half-day climbing trip I went on with my group into cold and smooth ice cream.
This is why we had thick clothes and boots with crampons.
Our Guide took again his hoe, to the steps in the ice to renew. We squeezed ourselves through crevasses, came past small waterfalls and ice cream, the sometimes blue shimmer.
Of course, could also be the Keas are not missing, the Bergpapageien. From the top we saw the beautiful contrast of the Eisflusses to directly behind the rainforest.
Carsten and I looked at the 2. New Zealand travel Fox glacier, from several sides. Before that, made a group just ready to rise, you were the ice just ameisengroß.
Boat trips on the Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound Very beautiful also were the rides on the two fjords. The boat tour on the Milford Sound is particularly popular with visitors, I liked the trip on the Doubtful Sound even better.
In Doubtful Sound , we took 50 people on a sailing boat, the ride began at noon and went until the next day. A whole afternoon sailed we over the river. We discovered Harbor seals, dolphins, and 5 penguins on the rocks herumhüpften.
During a kayak trip we had the opportunity to the steeply towering rock faces and waterfalls once from Close to see. In the evening we lay down on the Deck and saw in the starry up.
The Milford Sound winds its way 15 miles long, with steep rocks to the sea. On the Tour we saw the landmark, the zuckerhutförmigen Mitre Peak, and many great waterfalls. Also very nice, but the boat tour was a bit crowded and pretty loud.
Thrill-Capital, Queenstown “Have you ever been skydiving or bungee jumping?” This question was asked to me in the Hostels frequently asked. Finally, it is new Zealand for its adventure sports, famous, and the capital of the thrill is Queenstown.
The Kawarau Bridge, 43 metres above the river was the place where the first commercial Bungeesprünge were offered. And even at a skydiving offers Queenstown a great backdrop with the lake and the mountains. But to parachute or bungee jump, I was too “chicken” (= coward).
Lake Wanaka: lake + mountains = beautiful A day with lots of sun, we took advantage of for a trip to Lake Wanaka. We sunbathed us on the shore of the dark blue lake, the mountains with snow-capped peaks lined. To do this, again we noticed only one thing: “man, this is beautiful here!!!”
Coromandel Peninsula From Auckland, I made a trip out to the Coromandel Peninsula on the East coast. It is a popular holiday area, with some beautiful beaches. In new Zealand, I drove often with the InterCity buses, where the bus driver the journey comment.
We needed for just 200 kilometres to the small town of Whitianga 5 hours. Because the road turned into a narrow zigzag to get around the many hills and mountains.
From Whitianga from, I visited the Cathedral Cove. This cave offered a beautiful view of the sea. Also you can here funny Silhouettenbilder. And Jen from our group sang in the kathedralenhohen cave a few songs, to the great acoustics to demonstrate.
At Hot Water Beach everyone can have his own Pool dig: If you have a Hollow digging, you can in the warm thermal waters of baden and of the sea look.
Maori culture and hot springs in Rotorua One of the strongholds of the Maori, Rotorua. For me the appropriate place to get together with Lena out of my Hostel the maorische Hangi food to try.
Meat, vegetables and the sweet potato, Kumara (yummy!!!) be in an oven in the ground prepared. This is a hole in the ground filled with stones, a fire built. If it burned to the ground, the wrapped food on the stones, covered with earth, and so cooked. The Hangi tasted good to me, only quite a bit of smoke.
Another attraction of the city were the geothermal fields. In the Park there were hot springs everywhere, I saw the steam from the drains to rise and it smelled intensely of sulfur.
Wai-o-Tapu in Rotorua offered as a “Thermal Wonderland” volcanic craters, cold and warm springs, Mud Pools and geysers. There I saw the red-and-green Champagne Pool. Very close to broke the Lady Knox geyser in the morning and reached a height of up to 20 meters.