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I’m moving to New Zealand – and you should too

By Kalien Övernant September 13, 2017

There’s much more to NZ than Peter Jackson and Pineapple Lumps

This article was written in partnership with Flight Centre 

I’ve just been handed my shiny, new Australian passport (thanks, it’s lovely to be here) and I want to give it a thorough workout this year. There were a few ideas bubbling around my head, but after some consideration, there was only really one destination that I really wanted to explore... drum roll please… New Zealand’s South Island. 

I've been to the South Island a number of times and it still remains one of the most enjoyable places I've had the pleasure of visiting. These are just a few assorted reasons why we should probably think about visiting (permanently?!) NZ, in the not too distant future: 

# 1 - The Scenery 

This one should come as no surprise, but make sure your social feeds are prepared to take quite a beating with the tag #nofilter because the South Island comes with inbuilt insta-ridiculousness. Whether you go in spring or summer, you’re going to feel pretty #blessed pretty quickly. 

#2 – Queenstown 

As a self-confessed adrenalin junkie, Queenstown provides now what it provided my 19-year old self; an adult playground to have unfathomably large amounts of fun. Naturally, if you like scaring yourself to the point of breaking there are bungee jumps for days and I can highly recommend the Nevis, but be sure to pack a change of undies. And, if that doesn’t wet your appetite you can walk in the shadow of New Zealand’s highest mountain, climb towering waterfalls or even take an epic jet boat ride. 

#3 – The Wine 

I’m a huge fan of New Zealand’s wine produce and the Marlborough region produces some of the most scintillating wines in the world. With more than 150 vineyards and 37 cellar doors, Marlborough offers every visitor the chance to find the perfect drop. Even for non-wine drinkers the region, with its incredible food, walks and swims with dolphins, is a must for any visitor from Australia. 

#4 – The Heritage 

Probably because I grew up in a small Tudor City in the UK (Worcester. Yes, where the sauce is from) full of rich historical checkpoints, it might go some way to explaining why the heritage of the South Island really appeals. A visit to the Oamaru Victorian precinct is a must some any budding historian and, if you’re feeling brave, you can even have a crack at riding a penny farthing! Once you’re done filling your boots culturally, you can let life’s troubles wash away at the stunning Omarama Hot Tubs. 

#5 – Pancakes & Blowholes

Yes, you read that correctly. A trip to the South Island wouldn’t be complete without checking out the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Formed over 30 million years ago, the limestone stacks are the most visited natural attraction on the West Coast. And, for the best view, visit at high tide when you can also see the blowholes in action as well. 

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Image credits: Tourism New Zealand