New Zealand


In mid January, we flew directly from Tahiti to Auckland in New Zealand's North island.  It was here that we began a five week outdoor adventure that included incredible sightseeing, hiking and golf excursions.  Our first few days in New Zealand were spent on a small island called Waiheke.  After touring Waiheke's vineyards and sheep farmland, we returned to Auckland to meet up with a small group of Montreux Country Club members for a 12 day golfing tour to some of the best courses New Zealand has to offer. 

After saying goodbye to our golfing friends, we continued our tour of New Zealand by returning to Queenstown in the South island for eight days of "tramping" (hiking) on the Milford and Routeburn tracks.  These tracks are considered some of the finest in the world and they certainly lived up to the billing. 

Following our outdoor tramping adventures, we checked into a fantastic small "resort" called Blanket Bay for some much needed pampering.  We then "hired" a car and drove for miles along the West Coast of the South island to explore fishing towns and massive glaciers.

We ended our New Zealand journey in the quaint city of Christchurch before catching a flight to Sydney in the land down under.

You can follow the links below to check out our New Zealand photo diary:

Golf Tour
Blanket Bay
West Coast


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