No adventure in New Zealand is too far away
Expats say they love New Zealand’s ease of travel. Not only because flights from city to city rarely last more than an hour. Rather, flying itself is a snap. Domestic flights don’t have security checkpoints, for example. Like at an old-school bus terminal, you just walk right up to your gate and get on your plane. And Air New Zealand, the country’s main domestic carrier, actually has an economy class that prioritizes passenger comfort.
“There’s a lot here, a LOT,” says Brock. “In 30 minutes, you’re in a new area from surf, to mountains to desert. You just get in the car and drive, or hop a short flight, and the geographic diversity is amazing. You never stop snapping pictures.”
You could find yourself kayaking off the coast of Abel Tasman National Park, through Caribbean-colored waters, past moss-draped trees and towering evergreens, to an island of seals frolicking on rocks. In the afternoon, you can enjoy lunch with a smokey Sauvignon Blanc at a hilltop winery in Nelson, overlooking the water. Then hop a flight and watch the sun set over desert cliffs near Wanaka, waking up for a boat ride through the fjords of Doubtful Sound the next day.