In July 2015, I got tired of having New Zealand holiday pictures popping all over my Facebook feed and leaving me salivating. I called two of my female friends and asked them what they thought about a month-long backpacking trip to New Zealand.
They got on board with the idea fairly quickly, but I was reminded of the costs. We resolved to save a bit more for the trip and go in 2016. We obviously didn’t expect the Pound blast that happened post-Brexit, so our journey was delayed even a bit more. We had to make do with outdoorsy adventures across Sussex in England.
We finally agreed to visit New Zealand in February 2017 and thanks to the excellent NZ Travel Organiser we were able to arrange our trip fairly quickly once we were ready. It was an all around fun-filled experience – with a few bit of stunning surprises. Here are a few tips I’d like to share, based on my experiences traveling through New Zealand.
Spend More Time on The South Island
It seems logical to start the journey from the North Island and then go to the South Island sometime before you leave, but that’s actually the wrong approach. We unanimously agreed that the one week we reserved for exploring The South Island just wasn’t enough. Everything, from the scenery and the walks to the drinks and the drives, is better in The South.
The North Island has some beautiful treasures of its own (don’t forget to visit Coromandel and the Bay of Islands), but you will be kicking yourself if you don’t allow enough time to visit the South.
It’s Your Best Bet at Bungy Jumping – don’t blow it
My girls and I love a bit of adrenaline, and New Zealand offered us a perfect escape. None of us had ever jumped off a bridge or a plane before so we weren’t going to pass up the opportunity.
We did jump off a plane, and we ran off a cliff. With a parachute of course! How did we handle the adrenaline? I can’t quite find the word to explain it. Surreal doesn’t truly cut it. In between the loud screams, there was this otherworldly feeling.
We thought we were experienced enough to handle what was coming but all the composure flew out of the window in the heat of the moment! The instructors were helpful and reassuring. So if you do visit New Zealand, bungy jumping should be high on your bucket list.
Willing Workers on Organic Farms Can Save You Money
Known as WWOOFing, it involves working for farms and restaurants in exchange for food and accommodation. I must admit, I got dragged into this experience. First, we already paid for accommodation, and secondly, I left a farm back home. There was nothing new for me to experience – or so I thought when my friends broached the idea.
Our hosts were friendly, helpful and the farm location had some spectacular views. Most importantly, we were able to relax in the farm’s mini-zoo! I finally got up close and personal with the Kiwi bird. We stayed a couple of days, but it was incredible to have checked that off my to-do list (even though it wasn’t there initially!).
Careful though, some travellers have had negative experiences as we heard on the bus home.
Designated Tourist Attractions are a Fast Way to Burn Your Money
Free tip: don’t visit any tourist attractions not included in your original package unless you have a lot of money to spare.
New Zealand is one of the most magnificent places to be in the world.
You don’t need to pay lots of NZD$ to enjoy a view of scenic hiking trails, beautiful waterfalls, beaches and a whole lot more.
Finally, remind yourself that you can’t see it all in 30 days!
More links for women travellers…
- Tours for Women around the World
- Tour Companies run by Women around the World
- Accommodation for Women around the World
- Women who are Local Tour Guides
- Retreat Places for Women Around the World
- Tours which include Retreat Themes