Before I kick the bucket there are loads of places and things I want to see and do. So little time, so much to do!
In this instalment of the morbidly named series ‘Before I kick the bucket’, I shall treat you with my NZ Travel Bucketlist. Who knows, you may find something you want to add to yours.
NZ Travel Bucketlist: Te Araroa Trail
The Te Araroa Trail is a walk that stretches 3000kms down the length of New Zealand. Starting at Cape Reinga and ending at Bluff, in the South Island. Walking from beaches to volcanoes to forests to cities, you walk through every kind of New Zealand scenery. Te Araroa takes approximately 5 months to complete and accommodation types include isolated huts, marae stays, small towns and cities.
This would be the ultimate trek.
Fun Fact: When you walk this trail, sometimes you walk along the Pacific Tectonic Plate boundary.
NZ Travel Bucketlist: Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is (hopefully) something I will be ticking off in May. It is also a part of Te Araroa Trail but I wanted to tick it off earlier so I am rounding up some friends to conquer it with me. Woot woot (now to get training…). This walk is something that has always tickled my fancy. It looks so dramatic and interesting. Plus challenging. I like challenging.
Tongariro National Park is a UNESCO dual World Heritage Area and was the first in the world to receive cultural World Heritage Status. It is often described as a ‘New Zealand Must Do’ so on the list it goes. There are several walks in the Tongariro National Park, the Alpine Crossing is the most famous one.
NZ Travel Bucketlist: The Bridge to Nowhere
The Bridge to Nowhere is a bridge in Whanganui National Park, in the middle of nowhere. Funny that.
There are several tracks that lead to the bridge that goes nowhere, you can choose between a three-hour return track or two different 3-5 day treks. I would love to do one of the multi-day treks. The three-hour return track is from the Mangapurua Landing on the Whanganui River.
DOC (Department of Conservation) huts are dotted along the track so multi-day trekking doesn’t require lugging tents (phew). You will need to get someone to pick you up once you have walked to Nowhere via boat. Unless you fancy another 3-5 days walking back again.
I would love to tackle the multi-day hike, the Whanganui River holds a special place in my heart. We used to camp down there every year with aalllll our extended family and spend the week swimming,
sneaking beers from the adults, sunbathing, eeling, building mudslides and roasting marshmallows.
The river calls me home every now and then so this would be a walk with sentiment.
NZ Travel Bucketlist: All 9 New Zealand Great Walks
New Zealand is known for its dramatic landscape, breathtaking views and the sheer volume of hiking trails. Of these hiking trails, 9 classed as Great Walks. These tracks are varied, including native forest, lakes, rivers, mountain peaks, deep gorges and vast valleys.
As they are probably New Zealand’s most famous walks, they are well-maintained and easy to follow but offer all the spectacular scenery that Kiwiland is recognised for.
The Great walks include:
- Lake Waikaremoana
- Tongariro Northern Circuit
- Whanganui Journey
- Abel Tasmin Coast Track
- Heaphy Track
- Routeburn Track
- Kepler Track
- Milford Track
- Rakiura Track
NZ Travel Bucketlist: Explore the South Island
I’m a little ashamed to admit that I haven’t actually been to the South Island since I was a wee lass.
I’m not entirely sure why, it is fairly close after all. Just a hop across the creek. Alas, this part of New Zealand has been left relatively unexplored my yours truly. But, I’m intending to remedy that this year. Fingers crossed.
A good ole fashioned road trip is in order.
NZ Travel Bucketlist: Skiing on Mount Cook
I can’t ski, am not very graceful and hate the cold but for some reason, this made it to my bucket list. Unsure why. Maybe because all the cool kids are doing it? It does look rather fun though.
The only time I have attempted to tie wooden slates to my feet in the snow was when I was about 12 or 13 and attempted to snowboard. Let’s just say that someone up there ended up getting a few scratches on his snowboard coz
I someone didn’t know how to stop properly. And let’s just say he wasn’t very forgiving.
I think that I am finally ready to give it another crack though. 20 years is a long time for coordination to start kicking in.
NZ Travel Bucketlist: Zip Lining + The Nevis Swing in Queenstown
Jumping out of a plane? Nope!
Bungee jumping? Hell no!
Jumping off a rock into the lake? Um, no thanks.
Flying down a metal wire strung hundreds of meters above ground by a harness? Sure! Where and how can I get there?
Swinging in a 300m arc also hundreds of meters above the ground? A swing!
The Nevis Swing is one of the biggest swings in the world. And we all know I have a thing for swings. Wherever I go, I find swings. Some people find coffee shops, others museums. I like swings.
And one of the biggest swings in the world is like the Mother of All Swings.
Read more about bungee jumping in New Zealand in this epic article here.
So that is my NZ Travel Bucketlist. I am sure there are more. But those are the main items to tick off. I think it’ll keep me busy.
Now to win Lotto.
What would be on your bucket list?
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