My New Zealand Top 5 bucket list

Posted on January 26, 2017

So much has happened since my last post! First of all, I’m on the other side of the world. I’m actually in one of the furthest places I can make it to from Belgium, Christchurch. It took three flights to get here.

Back in Belgium, I had a big move on my hands in the month of December, the holidays kept me busy and then it was time to pack. I actually left my flat in Belgium that I rented for 5 years. I still can’t believe I’m not going to be able to go back there once (or if) I go back to Belgium. The reason that I gave up my flat in the first place is because I have no idea when I’m going back. I bought my one way ticket to New Zealand and here I am.

I only arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand, a couple of days ago and have been spending all of my time hanging out with my lovely friends Lieselot and Nico or writing and researching for the blog. I also started my second remote writing job! I will be writing for two websites during the up and coming months, for Travel Fashion Girl and Flair. That last one is a major Belgian magazine so it’s an awesome opportunity. If you can read Dutch, I actually published my first post two days ago (it’s a hilarious video)!

Most important of course, I have been planning my up and coming trips around new Zealand! I’ve accumulated a bit of a New Zealand top 5 of things I would love to see. New Zealand has so many amazing resident Instagram photographers and bloggers. That’s why I decided to share my New Zealand top 5 through their photographs. I’ve grouped the items on my list together according to places I can visit in one go.

1. Roy’s Peak and Wanaka Lake

Roy’s peak has been on my list for a long time. It was probably the first place I knew I wanted to see in New Zealand. I’m not going to be able to see (that much) snow, but I’m sure that’s not going to make it any less pretty. Wanaka lake is right next to it, or more accurately below it and looks like it would be absolutely wonderful.

Enjoying the insane view from Mount Roy. Isn't it so much better in the snow?

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2. Mount Cook, Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki

Oh Mount Cook, how gorgeous do you look! My friends were able to fly over this amazing destination a couple of weeks ago and the images are printed in my brain. This angle however will be a bit difficult to get as I didn’t pack my airplane.

As forLake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, I came a little bit late in the year to see it at the most beautiful moment of the year. The blooming of the wild Lupins, which are actually a weed, would have been so gorgeous! Lake Tekapo is also very famous for its stargazing opportunities. I really missed looking at the stars while back in Europe, so milkyway here I come!

Dreaming back to Lake Tekapo's blooming Lupins… 🌸💕🌷🌿✨

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3. Milford Sounds

All the way to the south, I’m hoping I’ll be able to make it to this spot. I haven’t really figured out yet why I want to go to Milford Sounds so bad. It’s just looks absolutely breathtaking. Fingers crossed!

📍 Milford Sound, New Zealand 📷 @jasoncharleshill #wanderlustinitiative_newzealand

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4. Hokitika Gorge, Hokitika

I might hit this one up first. The bluest of the blue water, sign me up!

5. Whale watching in Kaikoura

Oh… seeing any wildlife is usually at the top of my list. Kaikoura gets ocras and sperm whales on a regular basis. Here’s to hoping I’ll be able to get on one of the boats in my up and coming weeks!

Into the blue. #NZMustDo [📍Kaikoura, South Island. 📷: @alibongo_] #Travel #NewZealand #NZ #Nature

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All images are embeded from Instagram so it is super easy to follow these amazing photographers!

First image by Tuula

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