- Posted February 12, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your images of New Zealand’s South Island
New Zealand At Its Best
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
Saying that the South Island is beautiful is trivial but so true! I landed in Christchurch, spent few days in this amazing city that recovers from an earthquake and drove around the South Island in a campervan for a month. Lake Tekapo, Wanaka, West Coast, Milford Sound, Fox Glacier, Abel Tasman, The Golden Bay, Kaikoura - I saw a lot but there are still so many sites I wish I visited!
First thing that is striking is a variety of landscapes. This is hard to believe but every hundred kilometers brings you to another world: from crystal-clear lakes to the green pastures, from snowed peaks to the rainforest. All climates imaginable are packed here.
Things that surprised me the most about New Zealand? Well, New Zealanders are the most chilled out people I have ever met. They live slowly, enjoy their lives and the generosity of nature. They are open and friendly towards tourists and they always help you in need. Another thing that I was amazed with was the untouched wilderness that is at your fingertips. There is no need to drive for days in searching a deserted place: on your way from Christchurch to Queenstown there were hundreds of such spots. You can stop your car, get off and enjoy a perfect silence.
New Zealand is so beautiful that it is actually hard to believe that such island exists. The best view I have ever seen was the one from Alex Knob peak: on right hand side I saw a Fox Glacier and on my left hand side I saw a tropical beach with rainforest in between. Precious. And very very special.
I hope to get back to New Zealand this year and get lost in its immense nature.