AFTER A FEW MONTHS IN THE OFFICE IT
WAS TIME FOR A BREAK,
not the ankle type that has kept me off the road since last year, but a break away from New Zealand’s largest city. So I flew down to Queenstown, which as always, turned it on. It is hard to get sick of visiting a spot so beautiful with so much to do. However, after a few days catching up with great friends, it was time to make my way back to the Big Smoke via road, so I decided a trip up memory lane was in order! Memory Lane being State Highway 6 which runs the length of the Wild West Coast. As I drove along, I was wide eyed and jaw dropped as usual when driving that stretch of New Zealand’s scenic highways.
BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING MISSING.
The snow-capped mountains? No, they were there showing off their splendour.
The crystal clear waters of the South Island’s glacial carved lakes? No, they were there acting as a mirror for the fore mentioned mountains.
The isolated beaches? No, they too were there providing a belt between the mountains, the lakes, and the Tasman Sea.
WHAT WAS MISSING WAS THE PEOPLE.
Driving alone helped me to realise that as beautiful as this country is, between the great stops the Kiwi Experience bus visits and the iconic locations we stay, it’s also about the people.
The friendships that are made on the bus that often last a lifetime, the sound of laughter as we drive, and the experiences you get to share with likeminded people. Whether standing on a beach, flying over a glacier in a helicopter, or throwing yourself off a bridge or out of a plane, these things are definitely best shared and being on Kiwi Experience is a great way to have as much, or as little, of this sort of company as you want with people sharing these same life changing experiences.
So keep your eyes open, admire the scenery, and take comfort in knowing you are not alone.
Have a great Kiwi Experience,