New Zealand: conclusions and tips

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  • 29 days (and only 3 rainy days);

  • 11 days hiking, 147km of kiwi paths walked;

  • 1493km driving on the left;

  • $150 fine (I totally deserved that. .);

  • $50 won in a pub’s raffle 😀

  • 0 kiwi birds spotted, 0 kiwi fruits eaten (the kiwi fruits in the supermarkets were from Italy!);

  • 2 barbecues;

  • Many super cappuccinos on the road to help with the driving.

What I liked MOST

  • The I Sites with lots of information and maps;
  • The beauty of its landscapes, all its roads are very “scenic” when the sun shines;
  • Its Great Walks;
  • Maoris look much more integrated in the kiwi society than Aborigines in Australia;

  • All the hiking trails are well kept and marked;
  • Countless activities to do around the country, if you have the money to pay them!
  • Very interesting country from a geological point of view;
  • Its cappuccinos;
  • Its Fish ‘n Chips.

What I liked LEAST

  • Far, far away from Europe;
  • Very expensive country;
  • Sometimes it was difficult to understand kiwis, they have a very particular accent!
  • No free wi fi in campsites or in cities except in Auckland;
  • Where is the local food? Fish and Chips do not count;
  • Its cities, which can only keep you busy for only one day or two.

Useful Information :

  • Book the ferry well in advance, it gets more expensive if you buy it last minute;
  • Wi Fi is free in all the libraries but in some of them, like Wanaka’s, its only free for 30 min;
  • Book your accommodation in advance for dates like Christmas’ Day or New Year’s Eve;
  • Great Walks must be booked many months in advance, through DOC’s website.

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