There is never a time when we get ready to leave a country and say to each other “yeah, we did everything we wanted to, thee’s nothing more to see here, it’s time to go”. New Zealand was particularly difficult to leave, because despite the fact that we spent 103 days running around on and off land, there are things we still wish we’d done! Here’s our top 5 things we wish we’d seen:
We didn’t make it far enough south, but we wish we’d gone to see the beautiful Milford Sounds. Perhaps if we had skipped the disappointing Waitangi Day celebrations we would have had enough time to get all the way south.
By the way, Escape Velocity just did the walk up to both Franz Josef AND Fox Glaciers and said that Franz Josef is ten times better to walk to the face. So, if you are like us, and are skipping the helicopter ride in leiu of walking to the face, go for Franz Josef!Seal Swim Kaikoura looks like a fantastic operation. Dive! Tutukaka. In March, stingrays congregate to breed at the islands, and divers with Dive! Tutukaka have even seen Mola Molas!!! I had liked their facebook page and was constantly amazed by the stuff they post – they clearly have a great team and some amazing underwater photographers.
Who knows next time we will be in New Zealand, but I hope we have the time to do these five things!