Visiting New Zealand: North Island or South Island? That seems to be the question. We offer a third way: Both! North Island and South Island are different in both look and feel, and having had a taste of both, we wouldn’t want it any other way. Both offer incredible landscapes and adrenaline-loaded experiences, but they do so differently, which makes it unfair to choose.
But don’t just take our word for it – see the proof from our iPhone: ten select Instagram images from New Zealand’s North Island and ten from the South Island, with one from the Cook Strait Ferry connecting the two in between just for good measure.
This is New Zealand — the whole of New Zealand. This is New Zealand encompassed via Instagram.
Sunrise descent into Auckland. Our grand welcome to New Zealand.
Goat Island: Leaving the stony beaches of north Northland behind.
Palm Beach, Motuarohia Island – the site of our morning snorkel in the Bay of Islands.
Panoramic view from the top of Waewaetorea Island in the Bay of Islands.
“Get amongst it” – Audrey grabs a bit of junglelicious New Zealand rainforest.
Cruising the pancake rocks / limestone stacks of Ragland Harbor
A view over the surf hut at Ngarunui Beach. Fine conditions to catch our first waves.
Emerald Lakes, the reward for making it to the top of the Tongariro Pass. No filter here – what you see is what you get.
Aerial view of today’s lunch spot, Stillwell Beach. Taken along the Abel Tasman Coast Track.
West Coastal dreamscape, loving the physical beauty of this part of New Zealand’s South Island.
Our group gettin’ up on that glacier, Franz Josef.
Road trip New Zealand style. Landscape shift at Lake Hawea.
Even wine-tasting in New Zealand is extreme. This is the gorge road we had to drive to get to Chard Farm vineyards, Otago Central Valley.
Doubtful Sound: A view on our early morning kayak paddle, crystal clear days in Fiordland, New Zealand.
The view from our early morning sea kayak – Doubtful Sound, Fiordland.
Christchurch: picture of tranquility in the Garden City.
A finely placed tree, Kaikoura Esplanade. We pretty much have a love affair with trees in New Zealand.