Would you change your plans if you were flying to New York and there was a hurricane in Florida? Would you cancel your flight if there was an earthquake in Los Angeles but you were flying to Vegas?
Of Course not.
So why are so many tourists cancelling their travels to New Zealand because of the earthquake in Christchurch?
We have been in New Zealand now for nearly two weeks and have been having the time of our lives. The South Island is in full operation and their high tourist season goes until Easter. It is business as usual all around the country and we haven’t felt any aftershocks or seen any affects from the earthquake since leaving Christchurch.
You can still fly into Christchurch and stay at one of the many hotels near the airport or outside the CBD. (The Central Business District) There is an entire strip of road close to the city centre that has several hotels ranging from budget hostels to the higher end of the scale.
Yes, Christchurch was devastated by the earthquake but you can still fly into town and book an overland bus with The Flying Kiwi or rent a campervan with All Ways Rentals to explore one of the most spectacular countries on earth!
We have had a whirlwind week so far with The Flying Kiwi. The big bus filled with 30 people of all ages drives us from town to town where we have the chance to stop off and enjoy some fantastic activities. Their affiliates have shown us an amazing time as we have taken advantage of every adventure we can at each stop. Our trip has only just started but we have already experienced some incredible thrills.
Check out a taste of the activities we have done so far on our Great New Zealand Adventure. More in depth posts are coming for each, but we wanted to let you all know that everything is going smoothly and we are having the time of our lives.
White Water Raft the Rangitata River with Rangitata Rafting.
It’s one of the few places on earth that you will have the chance to raft Class V Rapids. Woo Hoo, the thrill of a lifetime!
More Information and pricing at Rangitata Rafting
Milford Sound Scenic Cruise with Mitre Peak Cruises
Witness some of the largest Sea Cliffs on Earth as you cruise through spectacular scenery as you spot penguins, seals, glaciers and mountains cut from glaciers 3 million years ago.
For more information visit Mitre Peak Cruises
Te Anau Glowworm Caves by Real Journeys
Seeing the wondrous glowworms is a must when traveling to New Zealand. Float through pitch-black caves to see the phenomenon of glowworms lighting up the ceiling. It looks like a nighttime sky filled with thousands of stars right in the middle of a cave chamber.
find out more about pricing and schedule at Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Luxmore Jet Boat in Te Anau
It was a goal of ours to see some locations where Lord of the Rings was filmed and on this jet boat tour we saw three! It is the perfect blend of “a touch of adrenaline with heaps of beauty.”
Find out more at Luxmore Jet Boat
Our hearts go out to the people of Christchurch and we think of the families that are suffering every day, but let’s show our support to the friendly Kiwis and show them that the world hasn’t written them off as a great travel destination. We have another month here in New Zealand and we have amazing adventures lined up all the way through.
Some excursions were arranged by Flying Kiwi and others courtesy of Tourism New Zealand.
Never fear, we will be writing about each experience in depth to tell you all about it and showcase Dave’s incredible photographs. (New Zealand is a photographer’s dream!) We just couldn’t wait to share our adventures with you and wanted to give you a little highlight of our time so far in New Zealand.
Watch for more teasers all week! Bungy and Paragliding to follow soon!