New Zealand - #AtoZtravel

Friday, November 28, 2014

I couldn't finish my month of #AtoZtravel stories without a post dedicated to my homeland New Zealand...

So here it is - the top 10 things I love and miss about living in New Zealand, the beautiful country I was born and grew up in. And 10 good reasons why you should visit one day if you've never been to Aotearoa - Land of the Long White Cloud.

1. New Zealand's changeable, awe-inspiring, calming, fall head-over-heels in love with landscape...

fishing in the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
fishing in the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
{photo via my mum}

sea view from Amodeo Bay, New Zealand
sea view from Amodeo Bay, New Zealand
{photo via my mum}

taken from a moving car driving between Hamilton and Wellington, early winter
taken from a moving car driving between Hamilton and Wellington, early winter

2. New Zealand's home-grown favourite foods, that are unique and embedded in the kiwi culture...

New Zealand steak & cheese pie (my favourite) in Island Bay, Wellington
New Zealand steak & cheese pie (my favourite) in Island Bay, Wellington

3. New Zealand beaches.
Never too crowded, and always clean, kiwis take pride in New Zealand's coast. In summer and winter the beaches of New Zealand are the best places to take some time, and enjoy the crash of waves/gentle lapping of water and find some harmony...

Foxton Beach in Winter - New Zealand
Foxton Beach in Winter - New Zealand

Tahunanui Beach in Summer - Nelson, New Zealand
Tahunanui Beach in Summer - Nelson, New Zealand 

4. Kiwi-style summer holidays...
In January the population of New Zealand heads to the beach for a month of outdoor living. One of the most popular holidays is camping - which most commonly means pitching a tent just a short walk from the beach and living off the BBQ for several weeks. Bliss!

camping at Ohope Beach. New Zealand.
camping at Ohope Beach. New Zealand.
I spent every summer from age 6 to 16 at this camping ground

5. Snow-capped mountains.
Lord of the Rings may have made New Zealand landscape famous, but us kiwis have been enjoying these snowy views for years...

view of Mt Ruapehu in Winter from the Desert Road - central North Island, New Zealand
view of Mt Ruapehu in Winter from the Desert Road - central North Island, New Zealand

6. Slightly cliché - but there is something about a Spring morning in the New Zealand countryside.
The sun is shining, dew sparkling on everything, a chill in the air and quite often the bleating of lambs as they look for their mums/next feed...

feeding my sister-in-laws lambs 'Poppy' and 'Bertie' - Spring 2008 New Zealand
feeding my sister-in-laws lambs 'Poppy' and 'Bertie' - Spring 2008

Poppy and Bertie enjoying the New Zealand Spring sunlight
Poppy and Bertie enjoying the New Zealand Spring sunlight

7. Pohutukawa - also known as the New Zealand Christmas Tree.
This beautiful tree - found on the New Zealand coast blooms at Christmas time and it's not unusual to see the beautiful red-flowered trees overhanging the beaches at this time of year.

Pohutukawa tree - New Zealand
Pohutukawa tree - New Zealand

8. New Zealand arts and crafts.
You can't beat New Zealand corrugated iron, #8 wire and wool as good materials to turn your creative inspirations into something awesome!

Kiwi corrugated iron New Zealand art.
Kiwi corrugated iron New Zealand art. Note the spider webs!

9. The simple life.
Sometimes you just need to get away and New Zealand is the best place to do this. No power, gas or running water. Just nature to keep your food cool, and a couple of good kiwi beers...

keeping our Mac's Gold (kiwi beer) cold on Great Barrier Island, New Zealand
keeping our Mac's Gold (kiwi beer) cold on Great Barrier Island, New Zealand

10. New Zealand cafe culture.
New Zealanders know their coffee and food like the back of their hands. I often forget just how good coffee can taste until I go back to New Zealand. Check out this list of Auckland cafes if you need some inspiration...

lunch at a cafe - somewhere in Auckland's North Shore
lunch at a cafe - somewhere in Auckland's North Shore

flat white at Devonport Stone Oven Bakery & Cafe

11. (One slightly more personal). Family.
There's nothing like spending quality time at home with the people you love. Living abroad is not always 100% amazing. Re-connecting with family when we go home is the most important thing.

hubby walking Willow, my sister-in-laws dog on her farm, New Zealand
hubby walking Willow, my sister-in-laws dog on her farm, New Zealand

So that's it! My November  A to Z of travel. I hope you've enjoyed this journey of the alphabet as much as I have!
I'm entered in the travel category of the 2015 UK Blog Awards. If you enjoy reading somewhere... beyond the sea then I would love you to vote for me. It's pretty easy - just click on this link. Happy travels!

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12 comments

  1. Wow this really made me miss home! A great post and a great way to finish your awesome A-Z series! I have really enjoyed reading them!

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    1. Thanks Sara. Yeah - I'm feeling a little homesick today after writing this. Oh well, the ups and downs of living abroad.Thanks for reading :)

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  2. It looks really beautiful, so nice to see some sunshine!

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    1. Tell me about it. I'm already over winter and it's only just begun!

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  3. New Zealand looks so beautiful! My best friend moved there when we were 13, I still want to go visit her :) Also your blog name reminds me of Finding Nemo haha! Love it :) Thanks for the follow I've followed back xx

    xbeccabe.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Finding Nemo - that's so cute :) I must watch that movie again at some stage. Make sure you get to NZ one day - you'll have a blast! :)

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  4. Sounds stupid but this is making me more ex,cited about going home... Her reminding me of all the things

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    1. Ohhh... are you going home for Christmas? It's been so long since I've experienced a kiwi summer...

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  5. Haha I recognise that delicious Takapuna Beach Cafe burger! Love that place. Fantastic post, you've got me a little homesick too!

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    1. Sorry - wasn't meaning to make anyone homesick!! Guess it's that time of year when you start thinking about home!

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  6. I love New Zealand! I have only been the one time but absolutely fell in love with it while there! We spent most of our time in Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown. I can't wait to come back and visit and see way more next time.

    Carly x

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    1. Oh yay Carly - glad you liked NZ. Next time make sure you get to the North Island (my home turf) - there's so much to see!

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