Quick Look At My Recent Trip To New Zealand

Quick Look At My Recent Trip To New Zealand

This was a very long journey. In many various terms: distance, time, intensity, engagement and being astonished like a child.

There and back again. To the land of extreme variety of climates and landscapes. Full of surprises and joy, amazing people and cool attractions, peaceful sites and vibrant cities. This journey had it all. And it is hard to believe it is possible on such a tiny island. But it is. So my task is tricky here and I really hope that through the stories told and pictures showed you’ll have an opportunity to grasp at least little part of what New Zealand is all about.


Everyday the island welcomes sunrise as one of the firsts in the world. And this was a totally awesome feeling: to watch the sunrise thinking that all friends and loved ones are sleeping or will be sleeping soon while my day has just begun. New Zealand has so many marvelous sites to enjoy this moment of the day that it was hard to decide which picture to share. But here it is: one of the first sunrises in New Zealand. Lake Tekapo. It is impossible to share but try to imagine birds singing. This was my everyday symphony.

Sunrise at Lake Tekapo

Sunrise at Lake Tekapo


This was a month spent on the road so almost everyday I visited a new site (with few exceptions). Summer, which has just started, meant the days were very long and very sunny. And the longer I stayed the longer day would become. November is particularly amazing as the day length is growing really fast. So there was always enough time for activities planned and for crossing considerable distances as well.

Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki


Unexpectedly: the sun was burning! I was aware that the summer is warm and sunny there but the intensity of sun was a surprise. During the days spent in Christchurch my hands were burnt is one day because of a bicycle! From then on I was using a very high sun protection. In the afternoon, the sun was much friendlier. I could sit in beautiful places enjoying its gentle warm and lovely colors for hours.

Tasman Sea

Tasman Sea


Setting sun has both: sadness and beauty. All sunsets I watched in New Zealand were breathtaking. Whether at the lakeside, seaside or high in the mountains the setting rays extract amazing beauty from all shapes. The sadness of ending day was always attached to a promise of the next morning and next sunrise. So I could fall asleep thinking that all my friends and loved ones are staring their day.

Cape Farewell

Cape Farewell

I’ll publish at least 4 posts every week through December so stay tuned and follow the link. And here are some information relevant to a planning process of a trip around the South Island. Written by Esther from NZMuse. Read more. There is also a short clip with most beautiful sites and places I visited. Watch it now!

Farewell Spit sunset

Sunset at Farewell Spit

About the author

I get easily fascinated with people and places. I am passionately curious. I get often seduced with the beauty of nature. Blue sky, pure water, white snow and endless horizon seams to be enough to make me happy.

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  • Catherine Sweeney

    There’s so much diversity in these gorgeous scenes. I’d love to visit New Zealand one day. Your descriptions and photos have added to my interest. I can totally relate to your feelings about a day’s ending for some/beginning for others. Lovely piece.

    • Thank you Catherine! It’s just the magic of this place and consciousness of being at exactly opposite side of the planet. I really hope you’ll get there some day!

  • Susan VibrantIreland

    Love the way you’ve brought us through the day in this post :-) New Zealand looks wonderful, and I look forward to more posts!

    • Thank you Susan! I’m working like mad to share all the stories and pics asap. It looks like a colorful and fun December ahead!

  • BeyondBlighty

    Beautiful! You definitely went at a better time of year than me! I was freezing most of the time! Can’t wait to read more about your trip!

  • Helen Davies

    Beautiful pics!!! So glad you had a great time!!!
    Helen x

  • Karen Warren

    Love the picture of Lake Takapo!

  • eemusings (NZMuse)

    Alas, we have no ozone so you can burn within minutes if you are prone to burning…