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Exploring a Beautiful Part of New Zealand

Several years ago my husband and I chose a holiday that was a little different for us. Our last holiday had been a South Pacific cruise, on a large cruise ship. We loved that experience, so when we saw the advertisement to do a little bit of cruising on a smaller scale in our own country, New Zealand, we jumped at the opportunity. The photo here is of the wee boat we spent a week on, exploring some of the most beautiful parts Of New Zealand I've seen. There were sixteen passengers on this boat The Affinity, as well as the captain and the chief cook and handy lady.

For seven days we cruised through Queen Charlotte Sounds, in the remote northern part of the South Island. Most days we had the opportunity to go on land, ranging from brief stops to much longer walks. Just imagine deep blueish water, surrounded by green native bushy hills. I don't think I'd ever experienced anything quite so peaceful.

Meals on board were superb. The evening meal was always something local, either caught from the sea such as the scallops, or local produce of some kind. In the evenings we moored in little bays, seemingly right away from civilisation. The Captain entertained us with stories of the region, giving us a good understanding of the history of the region.

Sometimes exploring your own country can be as equally rewarding as travelling abroad. If you're ever in New Zealand, Queen Charlotte Sound is a must.

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Image Credit » Personal photo of Val Mills

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GemstonePink wrote on February 24, 2015, 5:22 PM

The one place I would love to explore that is sort of in the USA is Hawaii. Kind of a far off state, but I am sure it would be wonderful to see and enjoy.

valmnz wrote on February 24, 2015, 5:24 PM

I've had my eyes on doing a Hawaiian cruise for many years now, but sadly my husband wouldn't handle the long flight from New Zealand.Maybe one day.

MakeMoneyOnline wrote on February 24, 2015, 5:32 PM

This is interesting. My cousin moved to New Zealand a few years back. Obviously I'll have to go visit her sometime and posts like this are making the visit closer than I imagined :)

valmnz wrote on February 24, 2015, 5:34 PM

What part of New ZEaland does your cousin live in?

MakeMoneyOnline wrote on February 24, 2015, 6:07 PM

No clue. She told me but I'm really bad with names (even of areas of other countries). Coming to think of it, it would be nice of me to ask again and look it up. I usually do it just before I start making arrangements for visiting a place.

crowntower wrote on February 24, 2015, 7:37 PM

Wow that is so cool. I've never been in a cruise but I already ride in a ship. I think a one week off from the city is a very rewarding day. I know how it feels just to explore your own country, there is a lot to see, before going to other country... enjoy your own land and its beauty. I hope I can ride in a cruise too, but it is very expensive here.

valmnz wrote on February 24, 2015, 7:44 PM

I save hard and go without many things to make my holidays happen

bestwriter wrote on February 24, 2015, 8:20 PM

I wish I could say that about my own country. I have done a bit but not as much as I would have liked to. Suffice it to say however I have been to the highest and lowers points- Kashmir and Kanyakumari and a few places in between.
My New Zealand holiday did cover a few places too but never a boat ride.

MelissaE wrote on February 24, 2015, 9:09 PM

Thank you. Such a lovely recommendation. Perhaps someday....

CountryWine wrote on February 25, 2015, 10:20 PM

New Zealand would definitely be a choice place for visiting foreign countryside. I love some of the areas you have there.