New Zealand trip. / by Lachlan Jordan

It's hard to believe that this trip away was already a month ago. If you know me, or follow my social media I haven't exactly shut up about my trip to New Zealand. I had such an amazing time in the seven days I was there and it didn't take me long to fall in love with the beautiful scenery which is literally everywhere! 

I met my sister Rhiannan (who is in some of the photos) in Queenstown a week after she got to New Zealand. She was part of a wedding party in Wanaka but didn't want to come home straight after the wedding. None of her friends were available to travel with her at the time and I jumped at the chance when she asked if I wanted to go.

We were based in Queenstown on the south island. Whilst there we did the Shotover Jet Boat  (highly recommend) enjoyed chilled drinks at Bellow Zero Ice Bar where the glasses are actually made of ice, went up the gondola to skyline where we enjoyed a buffet lunch with a beautiful view and rode on the Luge (which was so much fun!) Of course we had a Fergburger (or two) but have to say, in my opinion, that Devil Burger was better.

The absolute highlight for me was the Ben Lomond track. A hike that took us 5 hours from the gondola and back to reach a summit which offers amazing 360 degree views on a peak at 1,748 m. A backpack with four water bottles and pre-packed sandwiches and snacks got us there and back. For me this was the best part of the trip because it was an experience and an accomplishment I wont soon forget. Getting to the end is well worth the journey, put it on your bucket list.

The last two days of our trip we hired a car. The first day with the car we travelled to Milford Sound. Three and a half hour drive from Queenstown (allow for 4-5 hours because the drive is so pretty) you can get a cruise which takes you through the fiord that is Milford Sound, and highlights some amazing waterfalls as well as the geological history of the area.

On our last full day in New Zealand we drove to Wanaka, going to Puzzling World, exploring and of course getting a photo of that Wanaka Tree. From there we travelled to Arrow Town, stopping at the Cardrona Hotel and various lookouts on the way.

It was a jam packed 7 days and I had such a great time! I can not wait to go back and explore more of the South Island as well as the North, as one week just wasn't enough time in such a beautiful place.

- Lachlan