Life at No.22, New Zealand

Why go to New Zealand?

Well, for a starter why would you not want to go!  

She is a beauty and worth the long haul journey by plane if you are coming from across the other side of the world. If you have more time, you could venture down using the luxury of a cruise ship and for the more adventurous by sailing a yacht.

Yes, it is the remotest country on earth.  We usually, and I emphasise “the usual”, don’t have extreme weather so a visit can be achieved in all four seasons.  Perhaps I can be daring and suggest that a visit mid-summer to mid-autumn when the weather is more settled.  Unless of course, you indulge in some skiing then winter down on the slopes either in the North or South Island will be ideal.

As Billy Connelly, who has visited New Zealand on more than one occasion, was quoted as saying;  “There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.”

So what’s so special about the place?

  • Original Maori name: Aotearoa – translation – The Land of the Long White Cloud


  • Fantastic scenery, fabulous festivals, superb food and wine [vineyard visits from Auckland to the East Coast of the North Island [Hawkes Bay], down to Marlborough and Central Otago in the South Island.


  • The unique culture and amicable people [need I say more]
  • Over a 1/3 of New Zealand is made up of protected parkland and marine reserves.
  • Within a few hours, you can be skiing on a mountain to paddling your feet in the Pacific ocean.

Why go to New Zealand.

  • No dangerous or poisonous animals (with the one tiny exception of the Katipo Spider) – unlike our Aussie mates across the ditch where they have a few!
  • It can be a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers [the bungy jump!]


  • There’s no place in the world where you can eat a kiwi [fruit], say hello to a kiwi [aka New Zealander], and see a bird called a kiwi!  Which can be all achieved on the same day.  For real – it’s true!
  • Our unique Christmas Flower – the pohutukawa tree

Blooming Xmas Tree

Want to see and experience the ‘real New Zealand’?  

Then visit the small towns and the less populated coastal beaches.

Other places worth a wander around would be:

THE NORTH ISLAND – Te Ika a Maui, meaning the fish of Maui

Raglan  – surfing, beaches, bush walks, art and cafe scene

Gisborne – surfing, incredibly scenic drive around the coastal roads, first city in the world to see the sunrise

Mangawhai an Artists Haven, fishing, beaches, beautiful harbour areas

Whakatane/Ohope Beachbeaches, Maori culture

Motu trail at sunset

One place that isn’t known just for their beach scene and more world renowned for their Art Deco buildings and vineyards would be the Hawkes Bay.

For those interested in activities on the water:

  • East Coast of the North Island for Big Game Fishing
  • Central Plateau/Taupo for Trout Fishing also the South Island
  • There is beach fishing in many parts of both Islands

THE SOUTH ISLAND – Te Wai Pounamu, the waters of greenstone

Golden Bay – art scene, beaches, bush and coastal walks 

HokitikaFood Festival, wild beaches, bush walks


Akaroa – a small town with a French heritage with a beautiful harbour and quaint township.

Te Anau – a small town worth a stop and not just the gateway to The Milford Sound

The Catlins, Southland. – a remote and beautiful area at the bottom of the South Island.


Especially when you do wander around the smaller places what you will find is a more relaxed feeling as you kick off your shoes and have a walk along the water’s edge, as you listen to the waves gently lapping at your feet.  I can guarantee at some stage during your visit you will have a wide sweeping beach mostly all to yourself.

What are you waiting for?


Why go to New Zealand


61 thoughts on “Why go to New Zealand?”

  1. I once visited NZ virtually. I wrote about a 6 wk vacation where part was spent exploring a small fraction of your incredible country. I loved it! If it were possible, I would visit for an extended period. There is soooo much to see!

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    1. It is interesting when we were fulltime motorhomers we found more things to do than just being a local. Maybe we were viewing the areas through visitors eyes. Many outdoor activities and so many lovely beach and bush walks. Amongst other things. Pleased to hear your visit was so enjoyable.

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  2. New Zealand is a beauty indeed and the people are extremely friendly. The first time I visited (for five weeks) I did a lot of crazy stuff (like bungee jumping), the second time (for eight weeks) we rented a camper in the South Island for three weeks. It was autumn and very cold. We forgot about the shorter days as well. Combining the trip with work was hard (time difference and short days), but we still enjoyed most of it, especially the Catlins and a very special beach in Golden Bay. We will be back, since we have good friends who live in Auckland. Enjoy your visit “home”!

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  3. I loved this post, I have just been going through my photos from NZ and it reminded me how much I loved it there. I spent 7 weeks travelling around the north and south islands. It’s a beautiful place and there is so much do to and see. Your comment about having the beaches all to yourself made me smile, it’s so true. I had a lot of places all to myself when I went in July/August 2008, so it was very cold. I hope to go back one day 🙂 Thank you for sharing! x

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  4. I would love to visit. NZ has been on my bucket list for quite some time. And I’m even used to a horrendous flight: I’ve visited Lynn’s family in Kuala Lumpur many times. That flight is painful. I keep thinking we should just make a side trip, but then I remember it’s 10 hours or more from KUL to AKL and I hesitate. 🤔

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    1. Do it in stages 😀 Maybe stop over in Australia and NZ is only 3 hrs away! 10hrs that’s a short flight for us. Having the time to do stopovers is definitely easier on the body. As we get older it’s harder to do, so we have found out! It’s worth the travel to see something new 🌞 Must revisit KUL to spend more time there.

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      1. I don’t disagree that 10 hours isn’t that long of a flight. But I was meaning a short turnaround from Malaysia. With layovers and flight time, travel to Malaysia is nearly 20 hours for us. Granted, done in stages might make that a bit more palatable. 😉

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        1. I think us NZers who do travel are so used to having to do long haul flights. Hence the tongue in cheek comment about 10 hrs, which isn’t a short one neither the longest. To be honest I don’t mind the flights as long as the chair is comfortable and I can walk around on a regular basis. Though I tend to do lots of walking before a flight to make it easier to sit for hours! 🙂

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  5. Hi, Suz – I had the good fortune to visit New Zealand years ago. Your post has confirmed that I need to add NZ to my list of places to revisit. Thank you for sharing this!

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    1. Jan, isn’t that wonderful you have got a contact and obviously if we are back settled into a house you both would be welcome to come and stay with us. I will be putting up a post more specific to the Bay of Plenty, hopefully in between catching up with people and dentist appointments!!!

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  6. Squeeee! I am hoping to book my flights to Kiwi-land this week, so this post was amaaaazing timing. I am sooo excited to visit your gorgeous country!

    I think I need to buy a hiking book to help me plan!

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  7. Nicely done Sue. For all it’s faults, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. You’re right about the Catlins, it’s drop dead gorgeous but the Bay of Plenty is hard to beat for the climate and the relaxed pace.

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    I’m going to add this to Flipboard and hope we make it there someday. We just visited Maine and found a lot of shops shuttered for the season. We had no idea! I learned my lesson to research before going to some place new.

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  9. I have never been but long believed that NZ is something close to paradise in the way that I imagine my paradise to be. Of course Lord of the Rings helped. My second daughter visited in March. She lives in Malaysia but is coming home to Europe in January. I commented that I thought she would go back and she said ‘if I could settle anywhere, it would be New Zealand …. it’s infected my heart’

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    1. Yes I can understand that comment from your daughter as we have felt like that with a few places. Lord of the Rings certainly firmly cemented NZ in people’s travel bucket list. I think with NZ being so far away from the majority of the world it can be seen as an oasis of sorts. Visually it is beautiful, as a local I see more faults with it and get very frustrated with many issues as do many people do with their own countries more than visitors. Thanks Osyth, for your welcome comment.

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  10. Spent a month there in late 2014 with my son. Utterly wonderful. Even the tacky is done with panache. As for weather extremes the rain on the east coast of the South island take a lot of beating and you do rather skip past its inclination to shake and explode occassilnally. Christchurch was both sad and uplifting. As for the gem well specifically Napier in Hawkes Bay (you mentioned the art deco but it is blow away brilliant). Ill stop before i go all fuzzy and block up your comments

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    1. Not a problem Geoff, it would take a bit to block up my comment section! Yes, we do rain by the buckets and in generous lots, not too much of the drizzling type like the UK. Christchurch has changed forever and I think it will be an ongoing project for many years. Majority of people don’t like change!! Which I think is very sad when others come up with innovative ideas and are always having to fight to be get things done. Hawkes Bay is a wonderful and a change from the norm. Ummm yes, best not to chat too much about shake and explode events! Pleased you enjoyed your trip with your son.


      1. We went over Christmas and spent too long driving back to Auckland in the middle for Christmas with our friends. Also took our nine month old, who decided to start walking on the hot grounds of Rotorua. No toddler next time, it had its restrictions, especially for hiking.

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