After my friend Ivan moved to New Zealand, the destination for my upcoming trip was clear.

Queenstown

Thanks to Ivan’s hospitality and his comfy mattress, Queenstown became my home for over two weeks. This lovely town is the centre of New Zealand’s tourism. With Ben Lomond, the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu, this place just kept blowing my mind wherever I looked.

Routeburn Track

One of the ten Great Walks of New Zealand, the 32 km long Routeburn Track overlaps two national parks – Fiordland National Park and Mount Aspiring National Park. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more stunning sunrise than the one over here, after spending the night camping in the wild.

South Island

One could spend a lifetime exploring New Zealand’s South Island. Countless lakes, peaks and fjords made this trip with no doubt the best I’ve ever been on.

North Island

Being a lot flatter, the North Island is mostly of volcanic origin. The Tongariro National Park is the best expression of that, with its steamy moonscape full of volcanic lakes and smell of sulphur all around.

North Island is also home to Wellington – the country’s capital.

Hobbiton

Aww, and finally – the movie set! One does not simply walk into New Zealand and not visit this place. No shame in being nerdy around here!