Taupo, New Zealand

To this day I still hear that ‘push’ my mind screamed back in New Zealand, but hidden within the most mundane tasks on a normal day. Would I do it again? Sure, but you pay me this time.

Skydiving in Taupo

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I initially never wanted to sky-dive in New Zealand, but my friend did. She decided to book a sky-diving session because it was a bucket-list thing of hers and like many said “no better place to do it than NZ”. Although this wasn’t for me, I offered to go see the jump so she could get a couple photos. There was no way on earth I would have signed up though – at least not yet -.

The Sky-diving instructors were not convinced about me just there to ‘watch‘ so they asked me to join them by inversely suggesting me not to. The typical “How do you know you don’t like it if you’ve never tried it” worked. We jumped from a small pink plane and fell 9,000 ft on top of Taupo.

If this same experience didn’t happen in a time where I was craving to push myself more than my fears were pushing me, it wouldn’t have happened at all. Today I still sometimes hear that same ‘push‘ in my mind, just hidden within the most mundane tasks of my day.

Would I do it again? It wouldn’t make sense to fear it anymore.

Rotorua

it can be described as smelling distinctly like rotten eggs, and truth be told, it is indeed an odoriferous city. The smell however grows on you

Polynesian Spa

Rating: 4 out of 5.

We got our entry included to this beautiful hidden gem in New Zealand when we bought a travel package from Peter Pans, which is great for low-budget backpacking. You can also visit direct and pay a one-off ticket entry which range from $10 to $50 – depending if you want to visit the family pool areas or you’d rather a private one for your own-.

We went in the evening right after a long day of walking and exploring around. Once arriving they kindly come and greet you to show you the way inside. The scenery is incredibly beautiful and worth the $10 general entry we paid.

The only downside is the strong smell, which can be hard to get used to. As they reference “it can be described as smelling distinctly like rotten eggs, and truth be told, it is indeed an odoriferous city. The smell however grows on you”

Credits to Klook for the picture.

Wai-O-Tapu, New Zealand

Outside the city, Wai-O-Tapu (meaning ‘Sacred Waters’ in Maori) is known as a ‘thermal wonderland’ – a theme park where the attractions are all natural, even though you sometimes feel like you’re on another planet.

Wai-O-Tapu

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Outside the city, Wai-O-Tapu (meaning ‘Sacred Waters’ in Maori) is known as a ‘thermal wonderland’ – a theme park where the attractions are all natural, even though you sometimes feel like you’re on another planet

Walking routes around the park take you past all kinds of lakes in neon oranges, yellows and greens, given their colour by mineral deposits.

You want to time your visit well to watch Lady Knox Geyser erupt – she only goes off once a day, at 10.15am, shooting out boiling water 20 metres into the air, and it’s amazing. 

Wai-O-Tapu is about a 20-minute drive from Rotorua. It’s open from 8.30am until 5pm from April–October and 6pm from November–March.

Entry costs $32.50 NZD for adults and $11 for children aged 5–11.




Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland’s town planners thoughtfully laid out Auckland over a large area so that when you are in Auckland the statistical chances of running into an Aucklander are as low as possible… jokes.

Auckland

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Auckland’s town planners thoughtfully laid out Auckland over a large area so that when you are in Auckland the statistical chances of running into an Aucklander are as low as possible… jokes.

During our time here in Auckland, we met great locals, I can tell you they are wild people, but kind, always eager to help us with directions, tips and heartwarming smiles..

Auckland needs to be in everyone’s top places to visit when travelling down under. The city can only transmit magic with its’ lights, there’s a lot to see here.