This is not the first time I have been to New Zealand yet each time I go, I seem to see it all in such a different light. There was no way I did not want to once again explore those cities and their streets, nor find an equal richness in the heart of a small community just as I could not have but wanted to find that little piece of coastline whose rugged beauty stabs me right in the heart.
There was still a feel of winter chill left in the November air. The temps at times were low and there was the occasional downpour of cold sporadic rain but nothing could dampen my enthusiasm upon seeing that lush green hobbit like landscape running right down to the sea. When the sun came out, and it always did, it made for sapphire blue skies and the warmth of a love affair with this country began all over again so fickle is this heart.
I saw the Southern Cross as clear as a bell in those big inky skies, the almost soft golden light of sunsets over the Sounds, the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean and the long expanses of foggy beaches. There were boat rides, whales always in the distance, forests, lovely wildflowers and weeds that seemed to even burst with their own kind of beauty.
It was wooly sheep in the greenest of pastures and fat happy cows who seemed to graze their days away. It was the roar of the geysers, the stench of sulphur and the bubbling pools of mud. It was a haka, the thunderous ferocity of which made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and I haven’t even mentioned the craft beer and regional wines.
I walked for miles over the New Zealand landscape. My feet, so very mistreated yet so irrepressible, never fail me. There are some wonderful walks upon trails and tracks where the sense of isolation, the tall forest trees and the occasional glimpse of the city or ocean below was all I needed.
You really are spoilt for choice in the big cities of both islands but for me, the little coastal towns with their sandy beaches, stunning Sounds, boats and rocky inlets were perfection. These were places where I felt a deep connection and happiness ……
The Maori language is beautiful. They actually have 35 words for dung which is pretty darn impressive when you think about it.
New Zealand is a country of infinite beauty which just keeps on giving with an incomparable and unexpected charm.
Watched the running of the Melbourne Cup while in NZ…….pretend I do this everyday 🙂
Travel is always what you make of it and for me, it gives a gentle nod to appreciate even the tiniest of moments and although a homebody, any trip is never quite long enough…….x
Part II – Eat drink New Zealand coming soon