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#Blog4NZ: New Zealand never leaves you

Blog4NZ is a grass-roots effort on the part of the international travel blogging community to promote all that is good about travel in New Zealand from the 21st to 23nd of March — the one-month anniversary of the quake. Tourism makes up approximately 10% of New Zealand’s GDP and it is essential for the world to know that New Zealand is open for business.

So … New Zealand! Where to start? Well, it was 1993, I had a one-way ticket and a one-year working holiday visa for Australia.

But before landing in Australia, my girlfriend and I were planning on taking advantage of the free stop that came with our plane ticket. We landed in Auckland, New Zealand with plans to spend one month travelling from the North Island all the way down to the South Island, where we would fly out of Christchurch. And what a month it was!

I have such exceptional and fond memories from our time in New Zealand. The combination of spectacular scenery with the genuine kindness extended to us from every Kiwi (code name for a New Zealander) we met … from a sweet older lady who invited us to stay with her at her home in the town of Rotorua, known for its geothermal mud pools and boiling crater lakes, to the countless strangers who picked us backpackers up on the side of the road and gave us a lift on our journey.

Honestly, if there is one place you must go visit before you die, it’s New Zealand.


Check out all there is to see in New Zealand — seriously, you’ll be amazed that one small island can offer everything from glaciers to beaches to rolling green hills dotted with sheep — at this site:


  1. Christine Broughton says:

    Totally agree, we loved our 2 1/2 week campervan visit in 2008! So many highlights…

  2. Coincidentally, a good friend of mine mentioned today that she and her family might spend 6 months or so in New Zealand a couple of years from now, during a sabbatical. I immediately started researching travel to New Zealand, because if they do go then I’ll definitely use that as an excuse to travel there! I know several people who’ve visited New Zealand, and all have loved the country.

  3. We’re leaving for NZ in just under a month. So excited!

  4. It is near the top of my list of “Places to Go Before I Die, or Before your Kids Decide they don’t want to Travel with you Anymore, and just want to stay home and play Video games with their friends”. Hope we still have at least 5 years b-4 that happens.


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