The short and quick of it is that New Zealand is my favorite place on the planet. Lets delve in a little deeper and see why that is.
Let me start by saying that I have not just traveled through New Zealand, I have actually lived among the Kiwis. I worked for a couple of months as a bicycle courier in Auckland and as a chef on the Southern Island, but those are both stories for another time.
Natural beauty. It is well known that New Zealand has it and it is incredible. Anyone who has seen Lord of the Rings(Terrible films) knows about this, but it goes deeper. There are many beautiful and amazing places on the planet but there is something special about New Zealand that I cannot put my finger on. The few days I spent at Milford Sound was my heaven on Earth experience. Again, that is a story for a later time. Auckland and Wellington are built into the hills which I love. Going into the first floor of a building on one side and existing on the 7th floor through the other side is an amazing experience. I could write a novel about the natural beauty but for this blog I believe I have said enough.
The activity of the people is another huge benefit of the country. Cycling through the country, skydiving, bungee jumping, paragliding, rugby. The people love being outside and that suits me just fine. I’m so tired of everybody sitting inside watching TV and sitting on the computer. They take sport so seriously that when I asked if I could play rugby with them or join a beginners team they said no way since I hadn’t been playing since I was a child. They would have killed me on the pitch.
I love that they refuse to let any American navy ships into their seas since America ignored their rule of no nuclear powered vessels in the water. It was strange to see a Chinese warship ship docked in Auckland but no American ships.
I have a few items I wish they would change though. Driving on the wrong side of the road is one, though it does make going through roundabouts and parking lots extremely exciting. The architechture is terrible. I wish the buildings were a bit more attractive. I wish it was the perfect country but it suffers from the same issues as everywhere else, such as tearing up the cargo railroad lines because the truckers lobby asked them to.
I really wish I could put on paper why I love this country so much but it is impossible. It is just a feeling I had when I was there and have never gotten anywhere else. If you have never been you really have to go and put up with the 50 hours flying time. I will add a little disclaimer to this. If you are the type of person that likes fake beauty, then Dubai and Las Vegas are for you. But if you are like me and care more about natural beauty and less about what man can make, then New Zealand is your paradise.