It took us two pro and con lists, spending guesstimations, a guidebook, and travel blog perusing, but we finally decided on what country we’re going to visit next.
It’s official, folks. Tickets are booked and I’m jumping off the walls ecstatic. It can’t come fast enough.
Since we don’t have oodles of times, we’re planning on just staying on the South Island with a day foray into Auckland before we fly out from there. Tom studied in Christchurch when he was in college and so he is psyched to take me to all his favorite old haunts. Planning where to go and what to do on a trip is part of the fun so I told him he can’t decide everything. I’ve already claimed the planning of Marlborough wine country. No one comes between my wine and me!
However, we’re not going to be planning out the trip too much. We’re going to rent a car and we want to be explorers. If something strikes our fancy or we meet up with some other people who invite us to do something fun, we want to be able to easily switch our schedule up. We’re also planning on staying in hostels, which we’ve never done as a couple before, so that should be an experience. We may even brave the 10+ person dorms for a few nights. Apparently,turning 30 makes you yearn for your 20-year-old backpacker days since typically as of late I refuse to stay anywhere without my own bathroom. Unless I’m camping or trekking – in which case Tom must accompany me to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Hmm, wonder if I can convince him to do that while we’re in hostels. He can watch out for ghosts. (New Zealand just seems like a place to me that would have a lot of ghosts roaming around. I mean, it’s supposed to be so impossibly gorgeous, why would old souls ever want to leave?)
So, ghosts aside, though we’re not planning too much, I still want to know – What gems of the South Island of New Zealand can’t we miss? Any great restaurants, bars, hostels, or hikes we must check out?