The South Island Of New Zealand has always been known for it’s beautiful landscapes, but until you’ve experienced it for yourself, it is truly impossible to share and describe the sounds, scents, breathtaking vistas and the rush of fresh pure New Zealand air enlivening your lungs!
I’ve experienced New Zealand first hand, and as a recent visitor put it “The unimaginable beauty of this country has to be experienced to be believed. From the West Coast beaches to the Southern Alps, the awesome Milford Track and the mighty Mt. Cook, there are no words to capture the experience”.
New Zealand offers so many options from hiking to cruising the magnificent sounds or taking in the sights of the Fox Glacier making its way like a sleepy giant down to the wild coastal beaches of the west coast.
New Zealand is still a pristine wilderness for visitors to enjoy with good Kiwi hospitality that’s hard to beat anywhere!
Milford track New Zealand treks/hikes offer a complete immersion in the landscapes of Southern New Zealand. From rocky streams and rivers framed by picturesque snow topped mountain ranges to untouched forest, the Milford track is a sensory masterpiece!
Fresh air, spectacular scenery and good Kiwi hospitality are just the beginning!
If you come to Milford, you’ll want to keep an eye out for the delightful Kea’s, a cheeky native NZ parrot, whose favorite pastime is plucking the rubber from your flip flops (Jandals as Kiwi’s call them), or nibbling the shoelaces of your randomly placed boots while you’re busy enjoying a wine, and taking in the magnificent view. As I discovered – these birds are not at all shy!
And when hopping across a river, don’t forget to toss in a bite of your lunch for the Taniwha, a mythical river dwelling creature from Maori folklore. Apparently Tim Tams (kiwi “bikkies” – or cookies) are a Taniwha’s favourite! My favourite are Caramel chocolate Tim Tams.
The Milford Track experience can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. The best way to see NZ is with experienced guides who offer anything from day hikes, to multi day trek options.
West Coast Beaches
West Coast beaches decorated with black sand, rocks and dunes dotted with natural flaxes the Maori have been weaving for generations into Kete (woven hand bags).
Dramatic cliff faces carved out by sea winds and storms add to the long list of things to take in along the wild west coast beaches. Breathe in the salt air while walking along the windswept sand.
Ancient Beech Forests Of New Zealand
Walking through ancient virgin beech forests, dripping in lichen and indigenous species of plants suspended high above in the canopy is an experience few of us will ever be able to share with friends and family in our lifetime. Sadly, forests untouched by logging and deforestation are becoming one of our planets lost wonders.
New Zealand is one of the rare places that visitors can still come to take in the energy, awe and wonder that virgin forests hold for people wanting to know what that feels like!
In between the fabulous forests and walks, you can also take in the grandeur of the Southern Alps Fox Glacier, creaking it’s way down the icy slopes towards the west coast.
These are just a few of the experiences to be had when visiting this magnificent region in the land of the long white cloud – Aotearoa!
When coming to New Zealand you’ll want to know you’re getting the full Kiwi experience and the absolute best of this beautiful country.
Kiwis are so friendly and helpful. They love taking care of visitors, and having experienced many New Zealand adventures myself, my experience tells me that choosing the right company to travel with really makes the difference between a vacation and the adventure of a lifetime.
An experienced company that knows all the in’s and out’s of dealing with all age groups and fitness levels makes your experience one that’s perfect for you. And travelling with guides who are Kiwi’s is the only true way to enjoy the whole Kiwi experience!
Personally, I’ve met some amazing people and made wonderful friends on my New Zealand adventures, including guides (yes that’s a photo of Kate one of our guides) and fellow travelers. People have become a big part of my memories, and friends from home too, friends who have wanted to come share in our adventures!
And if you love taking photographs you’ll want a big memory card, I guarantee you’ll need it! I needed two.
The accommodation – wow! Some of the most memorable guided treks I’ve been on were topped off with stays in gorgeous quaint lodges nestled into the landscape.
Speaking from experience, after a long day you’ll really want to relax and take in all you’ve seen, felt and absorbed with your senses with a comfortable bed and great food! Oh my goodness the food is so good especially after a big day out walking!
Where to start
There are so many choices, and things to see in New Zealand, places to see and immerse yourself in. I would start with Milford, and I know that once you’ve joined the Kiwi experience “club” you’ll want to experience it all!
New Zealand travel is the ultimate experience to invigorate your body, mind and spirit. If you want to be moved and feel alive again visit New Zealand, you’ll be amazed at what you’ve been missing!