Here’s something that will blow your mind. It’s not just one big island. There are more islands, everywhere.
Bay of Islands
2. Really Small Islands
Try building a shack on these, Robinson Crusoe.
Puponga, Archway Islands
Seriously, fields everywhere. Only 5% of living things in NZ are human – the rest are English backpackers and animals. But the place is still so huge we were able to find three photos of fields with no sheep or Pommies bungee-jumping.
Huge stuff, everywhere! Some surrounded by water.
A glow worm cave in Waitamo. It’s not entirely a waterfall, but there’s probably a waterfall nearby.
6. Huge Beaches
Ripiro Beach is the country’s longest beach at 66 miles (107km) long, longer than the falsely-named Ninety Mile Beach.
7. Tiny Beaches
Sometimes modesty matters. Check these little contenders. .
NZ’s smallest in the Abel Tasman National Park
Te Henga Beach
8. Photo Opportunities that will make you look Creative
Seriously, you couldn’t take a bad photo of these trees with a Gameboy camera. Instagram these guys with an inspirational message about finding yourself and you are IN.
Lake Wapatipu, Queenstown
9. People, Buildings and the World’s Steepest Street
New Zealand does have, in fact, buildings; buildings that aren’t hobbit dwellings, and that we suspect house inhabitants that aren’t hobbits (or the cast of Flight of the Conchords). Like this house on the world’s steepest street.
Seriously, you’re not going to go all that way and not go see this guy, just a 3 hour flight away.
It’s roughly a 13 flight from LA or a full day with stopovers from Europe. Enough time to watch LOTR, have a scotch and a LOTR-inspired dream, and check some Beached Whale.