New Zealand or Bust!

2013-09-05 New Zealand DialAFlight

Christopher sez: No, I’m not going to New Zealand. At least not yet. She is on my top three “favorite countries I have not yet been to but desperately want to see before I go home to be with Jesus” list.

(Others on that list include Australia, Japan, and Fiji).

But one of my guests has written a piece on travel to New Zealand.

I know I have a number of faithful readers in New Zealand, and I’m curious to know in the comments section if you can corroborate these locations, and perhaps give other notable places to visit. (Im making my own list, so they better be good!).

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New Zealand’s Great Outdoors: Experience the wonders of God’s creations in Kiwi country

The great outdoors isn’t just trees and birds and animals and earth. It also serves as one of the strongest evidences of God’s grace. Many Christians feel a strong link to God’s presence when interacting with the great outdoors. Pope John Paul II was an avid outdoorsman, often going on numerous hiking, skiing, and kayaking trips as part of his ministry. His successor, Pope Benedict XVI, exhorted parents to show their children the wonders of God in nature. If you want to do the same, there’s no better place to visit than New Zealand.

With its wide, rolling vistas and breathtaking sights, New Zealand has long been a favorite haven for those enamored with the great outdoors and is a popular destination on Dial A Flight. Here are a few things that the entire family can enjoy on a visit to Kiwi country.

North Island
For a truly authentic New Zealand experience, rent a campervan and embark on a North Island road trip. Kids and adult film fans alike will appreciate the drive through the real-life versions of Hobbiton and Mordor, two of the most prominent locations in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. You also get to see a wide variety of New Zealand’s many different landscapes from lush, green rainforests and rolling farmlands to towering mountains and volcanic fields. The journey starts in Auckland and ends at Wellington, the nation’s capital.

South Island
Don’t ditch your campervan just yet. New Zealand’s South Island is where the real outdoor adventure starts. You can head to Queenstown and find out why it’s called the Adventure Capital of the World. You can go on a quick boat ride to spot giant sperm whales or make a beeline for the Otago Peninsula to spend a day with fur seals, sea lions, and, if you’re lucky, royal albatrosses. Lake Wanaka also offers a myriad of water activities including kayaking, swimming, and fishing. Practically everywhere you go in the South Island is an outdoor adventure waiting to happen, with every sight a clear sign of the Creator’s majesty and love.

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Christopher sez: OK, readers, chime in. If you live in or have visited New Zealand, what are some of your favorite places?

Happy travels!

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  • Scarlet Raptor

    Come to New Zealand. Or else.
    *Insert Darth Vader music*

    I haven’t been to any of those places. My favrite place would be maybe the wilderness down the road, or Pidgeon Bay.
    Oh, and Akaroa is quite nice.

    • @ScarletRaptor: Yes, yes, I very much want to come. And you’re on my list to visit! Those places sound grand. Care to show us around? 😉

    • Scarlet Raptor

      The first one, yes. The second two… Hmm. Not sure. It’s about three hours drive from here.

      We are? Great! We might be able to host your family for dinner one night.

  • Dark Bug

    Ethire. Definitely Ethire. Which Raptor refers to as ‘the wilderness down the road’. It’s my favourite place in all of New Zealand, with my computer station being a close second. 😉

    When I saw the title of your post, my first thought was ‘Is CH coming to NZ?’
    Instant deflation when I saw the first sentence. 😀