New Zealand’s South Island in 10 Words

Since I’ve finally finished my posts on each of the 18 days I spent on New Zealand’s South Island, I figured I needed to find a way to summarize the experience in a shorter post than the ones I wrote for each day. So, here’s the South Island in 10 Words (with a few more of explanation thrown in…)

Hopeful-

Re:Start Mall, Christchurch

Re:Start Mall, Cashel Street, Christchurch

Coming back from a natural disaster like 2011’s devistating earthquake isn’t easy (or quick), but Christchurch just made Lonely Planet’s 10 cities to visit list for 2013. While that may be a little overoptimistic, I have no doubt the Kiwis will rebuild the city to it’s former glory.

 Blessed-

Christchurch Sunrise

Sunrise on my first full day in New Zeland

On an island where the ocean is never more than a 2 hour drive away, sunrises and sunsets over the water are not in short supply, when the weather cooperates.

 Adorable-

Hector's Dolphins

Hector’s Dolphins

Hector’s Dolphins are the world’s smallest dolphins, and I had the opportunity to swim with them near Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula, a little more than an hour outside Christchurch.

Sporting-

Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

The Kiwis love their sports, and my friend Andy is no exception. We were able to take an impromptu tour of Dunedin’s state of the art new Forsyth Barr Stadium, home to Rugby’s Highlanders. It was one of the only indoor natural grass stadiums in the world.

Undiscovered-

Waipapa Point Lighthouse

Waipapa Point Lighthouse, The Catlins

On an island of dramatic scenery, The Catlins, located in the obscurity of the southeastern corner of the island, continue to fly below the radar of most tourists. The area is full of remote lighthouses & coastlines and some of the most beautiful waterfalls anywhere.

Verdant-

Plentiful precipitation make for fern-filled forests

As I mentioned frequently in the posts about the South Island, this is one of the rainiest spots on the globe. The upside to all of that moisture is the amount of green everywhere, both in the fields and forests.

Expected-

Lake Te Anau

There is no way any visitor can make it to New Zealand with reading (over and over again) how beautiful Fiordland National Park in the island’s southwest corner is.

Cheeky-

A ‘cheeky’ Kea

Ok, so it’s not really a word to describe the island, but I heard it used so often to describe the Kea, a high-altitude parrot with a propensity for mischief, that I just had to use it. I bumped into this one near The Homer Tunnel on the Milford Sound Road.

Blissful-

The quiet calm of West arm off of Doubtful Sound

I found the serene beauty of Doubtful Sound and it’s inlets to be one of the most calming places I’ve ever visited. The area is so remote that the lack of development keeps in a one of a kind nature experience.

Exhilarating-

Standing in front of Mount Tasman

Getting the opportunity to fly over the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers and to do a snow landing in front of Nee Zealand’s second highest peak, Mount Tasman is an experience that still gives me goosebumps thinking about it today.

 

It’s onward to the North Island in my next post!

NEXT: Photo Essay- Boarding the Interislander Ferry

 

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9 Responses to “New Zealand’s South Island in 10 Words”

  1. Love all of these words, they sum it up exactly. We also bumped into a cheeky kea at Fox Glacier, but I’m so jealous you got to swim with dolphins! Definitely on my list for next time 🙂

  2. Sue smith says:

    Loved all of them!Makes me want to pack a suitcase and be off somewhere.

  3. Congrats on the big switch! Awesome summary, I agree with every one of them!! I’m stoked to get back to down chch this weekend and the rest of of it in the summer! Looking forward to the North Island!

  4. Great way to encapsulate your South Island adventure! Looking forward to seeing what you have to say (and show us) about the North Island!

    • Erik says:

      Thanks! I have a post coming (eventually) that’ll talk about all the YHA Hostels I stayed at. Spoiler Alert: I have good things to say about all of them!

  5. Erik – that’s a great way to summarize a country. Love the words and the photos. And your new look is a great. My only Q now that I know you work for Fedex – how do you get so much done on your blog in the limited amount of time you must have??

    • Erik says:

      Thanks Leigh. Honestly I hired someone to do the switch- that would have never gotten done by me, not just because of the time element, but also the computer skills are lacking 🙂 As far as the job goes I devote a few hours on the weekend to getting posts ready for the next week and a few hours to reading the blogs I love, like yours. When I have weekend plans, very little gets done! With Christmas coming, I’ll bet the amount of new content here will decrease week by week until January.

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