Hi folks! I have been following tripoto for quite a long time now and really love to read the experiences shared by different people out here. It is fun, acquiring knowledge and of course a great tour guide under one roof ( or I would rather say, under one click of a button!!). Even though the app was installed long back on my cellphone and I have been to many trips since then, I somehow never could reach upto the thought of writing down my travel experiences here, would say definitely out of utter laziness😛. Anyway, so here I am trying to share my very first post of a wonderful journey to the island nation...New Zealand!
You may find the post bit lengthy and filled with abundance of pics shared but that's how this trip was meant to be as it's a great country with nature's blessings all over it. Clean white beaches, sparkling blue sea, amazingly wide landscapes, snow clad mountains and glaciers, calm and serene expansive lakes filled with magical blue waters, adorable cows grazing lush green fields, fantastic roads and views anywhere you see out of the window!!! One can't get enough of clicking photos. So it was difficult for me to squeeze in all the details in a brief post.
It was our honeymoon vacation to this country. And I would say it was a wondrous experience, besides the fact that it was a trip with the most amazing person in my life 💕. It was 14 days customised trip, starting from "Amchi Mumbai" 💞 with assistance from a trip planner. We decided to cover both North as well as South islands of NZ. Southern island is more picturesque and hence we drove through it, which was an amazing experience. Right hand driving and Indian driving license were the reason to make it happen!
We had post midnight flight on 22nd Dec 2016 from Mumbai to Auckland with a stopover of around 5.5 hours at Hong Kong. So it was a journey of 22 hrs in total. So would suggest to wear light and loose clothes and comfortable footwear.
Mumbai to Hong Kong was 5-6 hours flight, which was not so boring as we spent much of the time in sleeping after having refreshments and watching "Bollywood movies", of which we both are big fans!! And to forewarn you all...enjoy it in this flight as you will not get to watch any of the Bollywood movies on your next flight from Hong Kong 😈...if at all you are taking Hong Kong airlines like us😝 Also, DO NOT FORGET TO MENTION "INDIAN VEGETARIAN MEAL" while booking your flights, if at all you are a hardcore Indian food lover like me who craves to have Indian food at least once in a day and can't survive on cold breads/sandwiches and sauces 🙊
We had unexpectedly good refreshments at HKG priority lounge. Especially freshly fried India Samosas, baked beans and rice, coffee etc. Samosas made us to make multiple rounds of the food delivery counter😋
Finally we headed to the flight to Auckland. Now that was a challenge!! As it was quite long flight of nearly 10-12 hrs...and yet no "Bollywood movies" to watch😷🙄😩