Twelve days and counting. On Friday, February 10, we leave Boston for what’s sure to be an unforgettable two-week vacation to a destination that’s on many people’s “bucket lists”. We’re heading to New Zealand, one of the last lands to be settled by humans! When we arrive in Auckland, we’re going to start a fast-paced tour of this island nation, seeing and experiencing and eating and drinking as much as we can.
with our friend Mark from Chicago, who has made all of the travel arrangements
– for which I am eternally grateful. He’s planned all of our flights, our
hotel reservations, our car rentals, and some excursions that sound
unbelievable. Peter’s been studying the Lonely Planet Guide to New Zealand that
I got him for Christmas, and is making a list of options for things to see in
each location we visit.
I’ll be posting more details of our trip as it gets closer,
but here’s a map of New Zealand showing where we’ll be hopping.
We start in Auckland, way up on the North Island, where
we’ll stay for one night before flying to Queenstown on the South Island. We
then drive to Lake Te Anau in Fiordland National Park (where we’ll spend one
night on a boat cruising Doubtful Sound) before we drive back to Queenstown for
a night’s stay. From there, we fly to Wellington, the southern most tip of the
North Island, where we’ll stay two nights before driving to Napier for two
nights, and then continuing on to Rotorua. “With bubbling mud pools, exploding
geysers and surreal-coloured mineral terraces, the 'Sulphur City' and
surrounding region never fails to impress,” says The Lonely Planet Guide. We
finish our trip by driving back to Auckland where we’ll spend our last night
before flying back to Boston via Los Angeles.
We are doing a crash-course in getting to know New Zealand,
because we don’t want to miss a thing.
I’d be interested in any and all ideas
and suggestions (books to read, websites or blogs to visit, food, drink and/or expedition suggestions, "must-see" attractions, etc.) whether you’ve been to New Zealand or have just always wanted
to go. I’ll also be bringing my laptop with us and hope to post photos and
recount our adventures on this blog.
More details coming soon!