5 Pictures: My Favorites from New Zealand

5 Pictures: My Favorites from New Zealand

Waaay back in 2013 I went to New Zealand for a week to explore. Predictably I ended up falling in love with the place and really can’t wait to go back. My trip in 2013 was magical and wonderful in many ways so I thought I’d share five of my favorite pictures I took during that epic trip.

To Middle Earth, Part IV: In And Around Queenstown

So I left you with a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of the last post.  Hopefully it’s worth the wait.  If it’s not, I’ll happily refund your money. Getting to Queenstown So why did I pick Queenstown?  One of the travel bloggers I follow pretty closely, Lucky from One Mile at a Time, rated this as one of his favorite places in the world, and quite frankly I didn’t really know what else to do, so I thought why not? Liked I mentioned before, I booked a really pricey flight to Queenstown because I waited for the last minute and there weren’t really any cheap options in the first place.  As I was quasi-planning this trip, I had to constantly remind myself that August is the height of winter down there, which is Queenstown’s busy season, so it made sense that there weren’t cheap flight options available. We flew from Wellington in an Air New Zealand ATR72.  I actually like turboprops, but this flight got a little cantankerous for me.  The weather was pretty bad in Queenstown, so the closer we got the cantankerouser it got.  I’m fine with bumps and turbulence that’s up and down, but this turbulence felt like the back end of the plane wasn’t going in the same direction as the front, so it was a little worrisome.  The approach path into Queenstown is between two mountains, so there was a bit of a wind tunnel effect that I wasn’t expecting.  Whenever there’s turbulence… read more


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