Never before have I said that I can’t wait to be back somewhere while still in that country until New Zealand. While on my drive north on the South Island I was already planning my return to New Zealand. It’s that great. More specifically, here are 5 reasons why I will return to New Zealand.
Not Enough Time
The first reason why I am already planning a return to New Zealand is the fact that I just didn’t have enough time. What was originally supposed to be a month-long trip was compressed into just three weeks. Although I managed to cover both the south and north islands during that time and saw and did amazing things like Milford Sound, flying a biplane over Lake Wanaka, and riding in a vintage car through Napier, this just made me want to see more.
- READ MORE: How to do Milford Sound in a Day
New Zealand is known to have some amazing and untouched fishing areas. So much so that a cousin of mine spent 9 months doing just that. I would return to New Zealand, rent a camper van, and take it slow. This means stopping at whatever lake or stream I find along the way.
In other words, heaven.
Side note, if you happen to be using a camper van during winter, be sure to check out this guide on how to winterize a camper to ensure safe travels.
Queenstown is a beauty. A return to New Zealand wouldn’t be complete without exploring the fjords or the coast in the mountains along the way.
Warbirds over Wanaka
If you have been following along you will know that I am an airplane nerd. I have gone out of my way to air races, factories, and museums strictly dedicated to vintage Aircraft. While taking a thrilling biplane ride over Wanaka I found out that there is an air show called Warbirds over Wanaka held in March. Must return to New Zealand for this.
- READ MORE: Wings over Wanaka
Super cool, Super nice
Lastly on why I will return to New Zealand is the simple fact that it is a cool and friendly place to visit. Although I discovered first-hand why Wellington is known as the Capital of Cool, I found the entire country to be fun. From the Art Deco in Napier to the vineyards and beaches on Waiheke, New Zealand is hip. The fact that the people there are ridiculously genuine and friendly doesn’t hurt either. Perhaps expectations were low as I was jaded by my experience with Australians. Instead, I found Kiwis to be super welcoming and more than accommodating. Just another reason for you to visit this awesome country and for me to return to New Zealand.
- READ MORE: Why Aussies didn’t win me over
BONUS REASON: THE FOOD!!!
As noted in the post on my time touring the foodie scene in Wellington, New Zealand emphasizes fresh and local in the most delicious way possible. On top of that, Kiwi’s can be incredibly creative when it comes to their food. From coffee to ice cream there is no shortage of reasons to return to New Zealand. Stumbling upon these mind-blowing ice cream creations by Giapo on their Instagram page only fuels my hunger to return.
What say you?
Thoughts on why I will Return to New Zealand?
Let’s hear it!
For more reviews from New Zealand and beyond see HERE.