Places to visit in New Zealand

My friends Warren and Jenny are off to  New Zealand this year and asked me for places that I would recommend visiting. Other people have asked me for this in the past too, and as I was writing the email I thought that I should just put it on here!

I spent two winter seasons as a Ski Instructor on The Remarkables in Queenstown. I loved New Zealand. For so many reasons it’s hard to put into words.

Here is the list of some of the things that I got up to (and for your enjoyment a couple of old photos!):

Ok…. So in the South Island…

 I lived in Queenstown. (I would spend 3 days here as theres tonnes to do around here.)
  • Eat pizza at Winnies (http://www.winnies.co.nz/) I was particularly partial to the Chicken, Cranberry and Brie Pizza. Plus the roof opens. I watched a lot of Rugby here.
  •  Get a late night burger at FergBurger. They are legendary and epic. http://www.fergburger.com/
  •  Theres a great view from the top of the Gondola, The Alpine slide thing is fun and I also did a tandem parapenting thing off the top. Which was amazing.
  • I worked and Skied at The Remarkables (also contains the lake that Gollum had that whole talking to himself scene in LOTR) and Coronet Peak.
  • Go on the Shotover Jet boat ride. Charging around in a high-speed boat in a couple of inches of water through a narrow gully. Whats not to love?! http://www.shotoverjet.com/
The Franz Josef Glacier – Was great! Amazing to walk around something like that. I went with these people http://www.franzjosefglacier.com/our-trips/ and did the full day hike i think. Maybe the half day one.
I haven’t been to but my family did and lots of others say its great…
On the North Island…
Rotorua Area
Waitomo - The glow worm caves! http://www.waitomo.com/ – I did an abseiling down a cave thing, it wasn’t with the main guys on that website, can’t remember who, but I think they are all good.
Raglan – A very chilled out surfing hippy town. Pretty fun.
Coromandel – I think we went here, rainforests I think.
There were many more places that I don’t remember but these were definitely my favorite. I’m so jealous. I love love love New Zealand. Make sure to eat some Steak and Cheese pies for me!