I for Intercity
What are we going to do without the InterCity buses in New Zealand? Yes, there is Naked bus, but I love InterCity buses. Simply because they usually have multiple good timings daily, decent pricing, comfy chairs and cool stopping points. Great for both long and short distance from cities to towns.
J for Jobs
There are heaps of jobs in NZ, especially nature-related ones. There are even more of such jobs during summer – from fruit picking and gardener. Pay might not be fantastic, but with somewhat a minimal wage policy, it is definitely sufficient to live and play in NZ with a summer job.
K for Kaikoura
Whale-watching, not common everywhere but is located here. Plus get to see dolphins and seals along the way. Sounds all spectacular, but all we see was a floating dark patch, which suddenly flipped and the tail stuck up (photo opportunity) and disappeared into the water. That’s the gist.
L for LOTR
No visit to NZ is completed without checking out at least 1 film site of Lord of the Rings. My personal favourite is Kaitoke Regional Park which is the set for Rivendell. The place looks magical in lighter shade of green, even without any computer effects. Gotta see it in real life to feel it.
M for Mount Cook
Highest Mountain in NZ at 3,754m. There are heaps of walks around to see the snow-capped peaks, valleys, rivers and glaciers from the Mount Cook village. Even though all mountains look similar, guess it makes some difference when it is the highest peak in the country.
N for New Zealand
This is not meant to be a “duh” point. Every country has their beautiful history, culture and legends that are story worthy. After the initial physical attraction (scenery and landscape), I fell in love with NZ coz of the story (Maori and European stories) and personality (people and culture).
O for Organic food
I used to dislike veggies, but I love them now. Organic cherry tomatoes taste like chocolates! A freshly plucked apple is so sweet and crunchy! Organic kiwifruit tastes different from those in supermarket. Home-grown lettuces taste of health and wellness. I have converted since.
P for People
A country is beautiful because of her amazing people. I love how Kiwis smile and have small talks with one another everywhere. People help one another with no racial discrimination. Most people are giving and trusting. And it is such a relaxed and laidback culture. Great place for retirement!
Q for Queenstown
The strategically located resort town is surrounded by gorgeous scenery, from mountains range to lake. Most major attractions are just a few hours bus ride away, from Milford Sound to the first commercialised bungee jump, A J Hackett. Parachutes and para-sails are part of the scenery too.