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Off The Beaten Track in South Island, New Zealand
South Island, #NewZealand is known to many people for it breath-taking #mountains, #active glaciers, fiords and inland landscapes, but its coasts are just as wonderful. In particular, I discovered these three destinations on the east coast, which amazed me and can be enjoyed in just about a week.
I went to New Zealand primarily to visit a friend of mine, who lives there; I was based in Christchurch and I could only spend one week there, so I visited locations suggested by locals (my friend and her acquaintances), which could be easily reached from Christchurch.
First of all, I enjoyed the city itself, and I spent hours on the pier, staring at the waves, because it was the first time I had seen Pacific Ocean and heard its sound. I still remember the voice of waves!
it was the first time I had seen Pacific Ocean and heard its sound.
One day I went from Christchurch to Kaikoura (in the northern part of the island) by bus, and spent the day there walking on Kaikoura peninsula walkway, discovering breathtaking landscapes I had never seen before. For example, I had never seen snow capped mountains so close to the sea, nor pine trees growing so close to the beach.
I had never seen snow capped mountains so close to the sea, nor pine trees growing so close to the beach.
In Kaikoura, I also met a seal for the first time, and I found it very funny!
Another day, I went by bus from Christchurch to Akaroa, (which is much closer than Kaikoura) on the bank peninsula: a peninsula of volcanic origin full of bays and coves.
Akaroa, a peninsula of volcanic origin full of bays and coves.
It was a wonderful, sunny and warm day and I took long walks along the shore, enjoying the view of blue sky, green hills, blue sea and flowery trees.
On the last day I spent in New Zealand, my friend drove all the way down to Dunedin, to spend a day “at the end of the earth” (as she used to say!). During the day we drove east from Dunedin, on the peninsula, all the way up to Harington point, from which it is possible to see Albatross birds because they nest there. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any bird, but we had a walk on the beautiful cliffs.
my friend drove all the way down to Dunedin, to spend a day “at the end of the earth”
In the evening, we visited Dunedin and had dinner at the Octagon, observing all the students spending their night having dinner together, or having a drink together.
Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
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Shotover Canyon Swing
Besides discovering New Zealand’s special landscapes, I had the chance to spend time with Kiwis (I mean the people, not the birds), learning that they love spending time in the open air, they enjoy practicing sports and they are tough people (they do not have heating systems, although winter time there is COLD!).