New Zealand: the Making-up
Monday, 03 May 2010 23:53 Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 May 2010 23:49
• Visiting a country so clean. All the touristic places are well-equipped with bins for rubbish and bins for recycling. It’s a country very respectful and aware of the actual environment issues. And it makes the difference for us (as tourist people) to walk in tracks and landscapes without pollution.
• The friendly hand signs between drivers each time we crossed a campervan.
• Travelling easily through the country : all is very well explained in New Zealand, there are information offices in every cities and public toilets everywhere.
• The lovely day of autumn. The landscapes were wonderful with autumnal colors.
• The kiwi wine (even if we miss the French wine a lot).
• The Paulo Coelho’s books: we read a lot during this month in New Zealand and we fell in love with his books (which perhaps would have a life-enhancing impact if we follow all the good things that we learnt reading these stories).
• Visiting Monteith’s Brewery (we did love these beers). We visited this brewery when it was raining outside, it was a very good indoor activity as we learnt a lot about the beer process and we enjoyed a beers taste at the end!
We did not like :
• Crossing dead possums on the road approximatly each 10km…
• Hearing mosquetos noises before sleeping… But the worth was the following morning when we coud saw the result of the night in our arms and legs!
• The lack of communication with local people: in New Zealand, everything is so well-explained for tourist people that it is quite complicated to ask a local person for our direction without seem to be idiot! In this context, it’s not really easy to meet new kiwi friends!
We tried to take panoramic pictures with our new camera.
Best memories :
• Delphine’s : when I woke up just in front of Mont Cook. The sun was rising, it was really early in the morning and the landscape was so quiet and beautiful that I took immediately my camera to immortalize this moment.
• Max’s : my outdoor bath in the streaming water in Taupo (North Island)
Sheeps in the mountains.
Our favorite :
• Delphine’s : When wa saw the seals taking a bath under the waterfall in the forest.
• Max’s : Maori’s Art. The legends of this population are very interesting and all these stories are well explained in all their crafts.
Torongo National Park
It made us laugh :
• The road sign when we arrived in a small village on the forgotten world highway saying: « Welcome. Come and increase our population »… They are so isolated that they ask people for coming and living in their little village!
It did’n make us laugh!
• The 150 kilometers on the unforgotten world highway with only a quarter of petrol left. We were afraid to be out of petrol before ending this long and isolated road.
A "vista" on the road to Wanaka
We were surprised by :
• This feeling that we drove in « ghost villages »: sometimes the roads passed through entire inhabited villages… All the shops and houses were empty.
• The fact that we met 10 times more cows and sheeps than Kiwi people!