Road Tripping, Mountain Climbing and Ice Trekking. Flying solo to New Zealand

If there’s one thing I love to do, it’s make a list of goals or have a bucket list, do them, then tick them off.

One of the things I wanted to do last year was head out on a long haul solo trip, but I didn’t have the courage to do it (boo!)

2015 would be the year.

So I did it, and damn it was beautiful.

I’d done a bit of research into New Zealand, but nothing too crazy. It’s just somewhere I’ve been wanting to visit for the last 2 and a bit years. Not sure why, couldn’t put my finger on it, but I just followed the feeling, and damn it was so good for me. The timing worked out so perfectly….

You learn alot by travelling solo. Last time I did it, it was a trip from Toronto to NYC and I experienced NYC for the very first time, solo, and I loved it. Sitting on that plane by yourself and switching off…is…the best feeling EVER.

The trip lasted a month, the time over there was split over North Island and South Island. Though I stayed up North a little longer than intended and ended up cramming the things I wanted to do on South Island in less than a week. (A great excuse to go back huh…along with other excuses 😉)

The country is absolutely stunning, and it far outweighed any thing I imagined it would be. I made no solid plans other than meeting a friend up in Auckland and a road trip with another. From active volcanos to beautiful beaches, from snow capped mountains to trekking on glaciers and wait a minute….seeing glow worms in caves. So much more happened on this trip…emotionally, spiritually and who knows, maybe life changing things. Time will tell 😉

The locals were super friendly, probably one of the most welcoming places I’ve visited so far.

I loved everything about it.

It felt so homely!

Plus they do Tim Tams there too. Have you tasted them things? So.Frickin.Good.

North Island was jam packed with road trips, beaches, volcanos and err of course, Hobbiton. South Island was jam packed with glacier trekking (saving that for a separate blog post, check back for it) cookie eating and snow capped mountains. Who knew.

The best thing about not planning, is it really puts you out of your comfort zone but you simply just go with it. I ran into an issue once through out the trip, cold room at a place I was staying on the South Island and it had started snowing that night, other than that, no problems. Maybe I just lucked out!

I have never seen so many McDonalds on a trip abroad, it was our restroom break on the road trip and drink break! They popped up EVERYWHERE. Hate to say it, but thanks McDonalds!

If you have ever considered doing a solo trip but are hesitating, I totally recommend you do it. Book that ticket and go! It’s one of the best things you’ll experience 😉

Check out some frames from the trip below

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Roadtripping on North Island
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Sunset in Whitianga, Mercury Bay
Bay Of Plenty, Tauranga. Up top of Mount Maunganui
Bay Of Plenty, Tauranga. Up top of Mount Maunganui
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Bay Of Plenty, Tauranga. Up top of Mount Maunganui
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When in Hobbiton…
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The Coromandel – Cathedral Cove
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The Coromandel – Cathedral Cove
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The Coromandel – Cathedral Cove
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua
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It looks like LED lights…This was Glow Worms at Waitomo Glow Worm Cave
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Hobbiton – Matamata
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Hobbiton – Matamata
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Hobbiton – Matamata
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Hobbiton – Matamata
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Hobbiton – Matamata
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Hobbiton – Matamata
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Hobbiton – Matamata
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Hobbiton – Matamata
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Hobbiton – Matamata
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Hobbiton – Matamata
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Wanaka
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Wanaka
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On top of Mount Iron
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On top of Mount Iron
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South Island – En route to Blue Pools from Wanaka
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South Island – En route to Blue Pools from Wanaka
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South Island – En route to Blue Pools from Wanaka
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Blue Pools
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Blue Pools
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Blue Pools
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Blue Pools
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Blue Pools
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Blue Pools
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Thunder Creek Falls
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En route from Wanaka back to Queenstown
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Wanaka
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Queenstown

Useful links:

Naked Bus – Cost effective public transport
Intercity – Cost effective public transport
Quality Rental – These guys were great for the car hire
Hostel World – Accommodation booking through here, never had an issue through it and reviews tend to be spot on too, super handy
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland – It’s a must!
Waitomo Glow Worm Caves – Awesome boat ride through the cave. Amazing experience.
Pure Newzealand – Lots of useful information about both  North & South Island.

Check back for the post on Fox Glacier later this week!

P x

www.pshikotra.com

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4 thoughts on “Road Tripping, Mountain Climbing and Ice Trekking. Flying solo to New Zealand

  1. A friend and I have been wanting to go to New Zealand for about a year now, and for some reason, I also can’t put a finger on why I want to go. I just do. This post is pretty useful. Thank you for it!

  2. Those pics are amazing, making me all restless! Seriously considering persuading the bf to ditch the flat and buy a caravan. I’ll homeschool our kids, it’ll be fine. x)

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