“It’s like Hawaii and Colorado had a baby” – that’s how my niece Lindsey described New Zealand, and that’s actually pretty damn accurate. I have been in few places in the world with this beautiful of turquoise waters, beaches, wildlife, and snowy mountain peaks. A country where you can do it all, and we did.
We spent most of our time in the North Island driving through the middle and hitting the main sights. Our little Intrepid Travel group of 15 people was a perfect way to experience the island as we all had different backgrounds and interests so even though we had a lot of time driving, it was always interesting. We had an abundance of adventure and cultural activities available to us as we traversed the island. After all, New Zealand is know for adventure, so you have to get out and get that adrenaline engaged – and we did! Besides the adrenaline rush of our Bungee jumping day, my favorite thing to do here is hike. We did a short day hike one day surrounded by volcanoes, an amazing feeling to be among these natural wonders.
However the best part was that Lindsey was so fun to travel with. She was always upbeat, on time, and polite to everyone. And most importantly, she made me laugh. My memories that are firmly implanted in my mind are not necessarily the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand. My memories are of sharing earbuds and listening to her music or comedy shows together while eating her many bags of candy. Or the time when she made dinner in the backpacker kitchen for us. Or when we got into a civilized conversation about politics. These are the memories that will last forever.
The 2 weeks of Niece Project 5.0 went really fast, too fast. I was sad to see Lindsey go home this New Year. But at least we have some great photos and videos for memories! Here are some of my favorite Instagram photos from our time on the Niece Project.
Pier sunset colors. We took a walk out on this pier near the aquarium to catch the beautiful pastel skies of sunset over #Auckland ! So nice to be in summer again with long days! #NieceProject is off to a great start! Thanks to @indietravel for welcoming us to their hometown and taking us to the best sunset spots!
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I was a guest of Intrepid Travel on this tour However all opinions are my own.
By Navi Vernon January 5, 2017 - 9:20 am
Lindsey’s comment, “It’s like Hawaii and Colorado had a baby” is THE best endorsement EVER. Pictures are stunning. We can’t wait to go!
By Sherry January 5, 2017 - 4:02 pm
You guys would love New Zealand! AND…there’s an amazing camper culture here where you can do free camping practically anywhere. If you are thinking about planning a trip here let me know as I have some really good tips and some special places to stay too that I think you’d love! I’ll be writing about it over the next two months too…but of course feel free to contact me if you have any questions! Hope you two had a great New Year!
By Pat and Kevin January 5, 2017 - 11:57 am
Now we have to see New Zealand! Thanks for sharing yourNiece Project.
By Leigh | Campfires & Concierges January 7, 2017 - 1:14 pm
What a photogenic country! Love your niece’s description, that definitely makes me want to go – Hawaii and Colorado are two of my favorite places 🙂
By Gustavo Woltmann January 11, 2017 - 8:25 am
Pictures are awesome and I love it. This is a beautiful country. – gustavo woltmann
By Deann March 15, 2017 - 7:38 am
Nice collection. It’s help me know more about Newzealand. Thank you 🙂