I’ve declared it already: 2016 was the best year ever. Since 2011, I’ve summarized my travel-filled years (see my posts from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015), but no year has ever come close to 2016 in terms of the amount of travel I’ve been able to fit in. Brace yourselves: this may be a long one!
Three weeks into New Zealand, I’ve seen some truly remarkable sights. Mountains, lakes, beaches, islands, you name it. But reflecting back on my time here so far, the highlight would have to be the unbelievable sights of South Island fjord Milford Sound.
After flying from Queenstown to Milford Sound with Air Milford, I thought the sights of the day couldn’t possibly get any more awe-inspiring. But there was more! With Air Milford‘s fly-cruise-fly tour, after seeing Milford Sound from above, it was time to see it up close and personal with a Southern Discoveries cruise.
Speaking to people who had traveled to New Zealand before, there was one spot every person recommended: Milford Sound. The dramatic fiord (“sound” is a misnomer) had been high on my bucket list for ages, but little did I know just how spectacular of an experience I would have, arriving via a scenic flight with Air Milford.
For as popular of a destination as Milford Sound is, it’s surprisingly difficult to get to. Most make their way from Queenstown, but the winding bus ride can take up to five hours each way, which will end up taking up almost an entire day. Meanwhile, Air Milford can get you there in just 35 minutes…and, on top of that, fly you over some of the most stunning scenery in the world.
In the last few years, Christchurch, New Zealand has become all but synonymous with one event: the 2011 earthquake that devastated the city. The earthquake has played a core role in shaping Christchurch’s current identity, in many ways for the best, as the city continues to rebuild itself. With relatively affordable flights from Sydney to Christchurch, I made New Zealand’s third (and the South Island’s first) largest city the kickoff point for my massive trip around the world that I set off on a week ago.