A big thank you to Jen at steponacrack for nominating me for the ABC’s, incredibly honoured 🙂 She laid the gauntlet for all of her lovely followers which I believe was a truly inspired idea 🙂 I cannot wait to read what comes back.
I thought I would do an ABC list of places to visit (some known & some not so known!) in New Zealand or ‘Middle Earth’ as it is fondly known! I have also attached a link to a tourism website (100% pure NZ), so you can have a further explore, before you book your plane ticket! 😉
A = Akaroa. A peninsula off Christchurch, of French influence (c’est magnific!)
= Arrowtown. Historic gold mining town.
B = Blenheim. It is suggested to be the one area in NZ that has the nicest weather all year round. Is also located in the Marlborough wine region.
= Black sand, caused by the iron content derived from the ancient volcanoes in the area north of Mount Egmont (West coast). Piha is probably the best-known beach.
C = Christchurch. A city re-building itself after recent devastating earthquakes
= Coromandel. Famous holiday spot for Aucklanders. Is known for ‘hot water beach’ – you can at low tide dig your own hot water pool & languish in it for hours!
D = Dunedin. A Scottish influenced city with the worlds’ steepest residential street. A great place to see albatross & penguins.
E = Egmont National Park & Mount Egmont. Located west coast of the North Island. Many activities including climbing Mount Egmont.
F = Franz Josef glacier. A must see all year round.
G = Gisborne (east cape) The 1st place in the world to see the sun rise
= Greymouth, a mining town (recently had a mining disaster). Close to Punakaiki, home to the ‘Pancake rocks’
H = Huka Falls. A tourist attraction near Taupo, worth a visit to see the waterfalls & if you have some spare cash, stay in the luxury Huka Falls Lodge.
= Hawkes Bay. One of NZ’s great wine regions
I = Invercargill. One of the southernmost cities in the world & 18kms north of Bluff, which produces the best oysters in the world! (so I am told)
J = Jerusalem. Nothing there of any importance (sorry) other than it is on the way to Mount Maunganui!
K = Kaikoura. Famous for whale, dolphin & seal spotting
= KeriKeri. A quaint town, located at the far north of the North Island. Close to the world famous Kauri Cliffs golf course.
L = Lake Tekapo. Stunning, serene. Great location for star gazing & visiting Mount Cook (if you can afford it take the scenic plane ride). The lake is truly mesmerizing from the air.
M = Sound & Marlborough Sounds (tranquil & picturesque)
= Matamata or otherwise known as Hobbiton
N = Napier. An art Deco town on the east coast of North Island also hit by a devastating earthquake in 1931
= Ninetymile beach. A great drive at low tide. Located on the west coast far north of the North Island.
O = Orakei Korako. A great place to see the geothermal activity
= Oamaru. A historic town, famous for their blue penguin colony.
P = Paraparaumu. A small town on the Kapiti Coast, north west of Wellington, worth a visit just for the name alone.
= Paeroa. A town made famous by the local soda. Lemon & Paeroa.
Q = Queenstown. Adventure Capital of NZ & world famous Pinot Noir
R = Rotorua. This city, on the Volcanic Plateau, has one of the world’s most lively fields of geothermal activity.
= Russell, in the Bay of Islands, where Captain Cook first landed.
S = Stewart Island. A small picturesque island located at the bottom of the south island.
T = Taupo & the lake. The lake was created from a rather large volcanic eruption some 26,000 years ago. It is another geothermal area & also hosts many sporting events.
U = New Zealand has many of these…okay, so maybe the proper spelling for a female sheep is EWE!!!
V = Volcanoes, there are plenty of these. Egmont, White Island, Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, Tongariro. The Emerald Lakes are amazing & can be viewed on the Tongariro Alpine walk.
W = Waiheke Island. This island is a 40 min ferry ride out into the gulf from Auckland & has a pleasant micro climate (invariably at least 2 degs hotter than Auckland!) It is a tranquil, picturesque & chic island bursting with exceptional wineries.
= Wellington. Capital city. Arty, windy & hilly! Home to the Weta Workshop!
X Y Z = Not in the Maori alphabet! okay, I will continue with this madness!
X = Xtreme Xcitment for which you must be Xperiencing right about now!
Y = Y not?!
Z = zubrowka! what I am greatly in need of right now!
For your amusement, here is a selection of giant statues that you will greet on your tiki tour around NZ!