We did some intense travelling around New Zealand the past one month, thanks to all the family and friends who came to visit us from Bangladesh, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Thailand and Croatia! In this post I provide a glimpse of the scenic highlights from our travels around New Zealand with them – from the remote pristine beaches of Northland, almost at the top of the North Island to the bottom of South Island where I got to fulfil my number one bucketlist in New Zealand – scenic cruise around Milford Sounds, Fiordland. In between, we also went to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, Waiheke Island, Hobbiton, and to several places all around Auckland. The gorgeous summer days also allowed for plenty of beach time, kayaking, swimming, and paddleboarding around our own backyard at St Heliers beach 🙂
While I get my act together and start browsing through the hundreds of pictures and stories from our travels the past one month, here are the scenic highlights from New Zealand travels with guests. Only pictures here, but information and recommendations on the actual destinations and what we would recommend when travelling with children will follow over the next few weeks.
I have put the picture in chronological order as each set of guests arrived. Enjoy!
I dropped off my father and cousin to the Airport and stuck around for another hour till the next round of guests arrived – from Bangladesh, New York and Thailand. We went to Waiheke Island the day after they arrived and the next ten days involved plenty of wining, fine dining and beachtime but the highlight of their trip for me was going to Queenstown and then to Milford Sounds from there. We had the worst of weather during those three days but that did nothing to diminish the stunning beauty of this 8th wonder of the world!
Few days later, I dropped Ibtesam and Ilaan to the airport and few hours later my good friend from College arrived with her hubby and two kids from Boston. We did plenty of local travels around Auckland – went to my all time favourite place Waitakere ranges regional park. We swam in the kitekite waterfalls, climbed dormant volcanoes and enjoyed paddleboarding at Mission Bay. SO much to do just in Auckland!
And that was just a tiny glimpse of all that we did the last one month! I will be honest, am totally exhausted now and it feels nice to be sitting here with no trips planned for the next few weeks. The countdown to leaving here has started, hard to believe we have spent nearly a year living and travelling around this beautiful country. In 28 days we head to Australia for 2 months, followed by 5 days in Bali and then onwards to Bangladesh. I try and think about what were some of our best moments and highlights of travelling around North and South Island, but it is so hard to pinpoint down to a few! We feel super happy and grateful that so many of our friends and family came from afar to share a glimpse of our life here in New Zealand. It made all the travelling extra special to do it whilst spending time with loved ones 🙂