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Fiordland

Beautiful Milford Sound in Fiordland, NZ

May 3, 2016

The Milford Sound Tour is a must see if you are visiting New Zealand. It is in Fiordland Nation Park which is about 4-5 hours away if you are driving direct by car. If you don’t feel comfortable driving, then there are many tours that you can take. Everyone that we talked to in New Zealand couldn’t emphasize enough what a must-see the Milford Sound was. We chose the Real Journey tours because they featured glass top luxury coaches with the convenience of wi-fi. You might even get lucky and see a herd of sheep crossing the road.

Milford Sound is in the center of a rain forest, so most days are rainy, but that’s okay because it creates beautiful temporary waterfalls that you wouldn’t get to see on a sunny day. We stopped at many waterfalls along the way, a small park with bird sightings, fields and a lake. It’s so scenic and beautiful out there, that we passed a blockbuster movie set! The rumor was that the movie being filmed was Alien, but no one knows for sure.

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Queenstown, Travel

Things to do in Queenstown, NZ

May 3, 2016

Queenstown is a picturesque city that many Kiwis and Ozzys visit for holiday, and it’s very easy to see why. The flight from Auckland was a 2 hour direct flight that deplaned directly on the tarmac. The American equivalent city would be Aspen or Vail since it’s very popular for winter sport activities, but also beautiful to hike in the non-winter months. There are mountains surrounding you everywhere with mirrored lakes and post card worthy scenery. Keep in mind that since New Zealand is south of the equator, their seasons are opposite of ours. April is spring for North Americans, but Fall season for countries below the equator. Pack accordingly! Plus, the further south you go, the colder it gets.

We arrived in Queenstown at 9am and counted our first day as a full day of sightseeing. We stayed at the Pounamu hotel apartments which was very comfortable with mountain and lake views. The hotel itself wasn’t right in the city, but it was a quick 10 minute walk with the perfect balance of nature and convenience.

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