Better Late than Never: New Zealand

Top Everything!

I’ve made lists, because there is really no way to express in paragraphs how much we loved New Zealand.

  • Top 3 Best Views
  • Top 3 Best Fish
  • Top 4 Lord of the Rings Filming Locations
  • Top 3 Best Meals
  • Top 3 Best Accommodations

Top 3 Best Views

Ahuriri River Valley, South Island

Kepler Track, Lake Te Anau, Luxmore Hut, South Island

West Coast Highway 6 between Westport and Punakaiki, South Island

Top 3 Best Fish

The First One, Mohaka River, North Island

The Famous One, Waiau River (Anduin River from LOTR), South Island

The Big One, Ahuriri River, South Island

Top 4 Lord of the Rings Filming Locations

Fangorn Forest, Snowden Forest, South Island

Mt. Doom, Mt. Ruapehu, North Island

Anduin River, Waiau River, South Island

Dead Swamp, Kepler Swamp, South Island

Top 2 Penguins

Blue Penguins coming in to feed their babies after a busy day at work, Dunedin, South Island

Yellow Eyed Penguin chicks hanging out, waiting for mom and dad to come home with dinner, Dunedin, South Island

Top 3 Best Meals

Potato, green olive, and caper pizza, WWOOF Host’s house, Napier, North Island

Cookies and cream ice cream topped with corn flakes, caramel, and a cookie in a waffle cone covered with white chocolate and raspberries…Giapo, Auckland, North Island

Spicy Noodle Soup…Oh, wait.  That was in China…I love Chinese food.  My Noodle, Shenzhen, China

Top 3 Best Accommodations

Te Nikau Retreat, Punakaiki, South Island–Incredible rain forest hideaway, 2 minutes from the beach.

Rural Bliss, Kinloch, North Island –This is where we stayed for our first week of WWOOF-ing.  Beautiful sustainable home, wonderful hosts, inspiring!

Luxmore Hut, Kepler Track, South Island–after a long, steep, and wet hike, this was the best view EVER!

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