Most people have gotten a taste of New Zealand’s beauty from the Lord of the Rings movies. It has an other-worldly feel that make it a perfect backdrop for the series.
After a whole summer in Australia studying Australian history at the University of New South Wales, a friend and I caught a quick flight over to New Zealand for a week to see what all the fuss was about.
Now I know.
We rented a car (which included me immediately learning how to drive stick with my left hand, on the left-hand
side of the road) and followed a map to find the places that we wanted to see.
New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.
Below: There are 11 sheep per person in New Zealand.
Below: At 238 square miles, Lake Taupo is the same size as the entire island of Singapore.
Below: Being a caldera, Lake Taupo is the result of a super volcano’s eruptions over thousands of years. This Maori carving is meant to protect the lake from the volcanic activities.
Below: Huka Falls
Below: Sulphur Springs
Below: Hole in the Rock, in the Bay of Islands
Below: Zorbing! New Zealand is known for extreme outdoor activities like this one…
Below: A pesky peacock who wouldn’t let me get into the car!
*These pictures were scanned from film originals, so the quality is less than ideal.