New Zealand - Through the eyes of a homebound tourist.

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Mount Taranakifrom a lookout platform - only tiny patches of snow that day

First of all before I begin I would like to extend an apology in advance for my appalling english and grammar skills despite the fact that it is my one and only language!

I grew up in the Taranaki region of New zealand, I am proud to be 'naki born and have always loudly and proudly announced my New Zealand heritage to anyone who would listen. Despite my love of my country it had been four long years since I had stepped on kiwi soil until the 12th of last month. I went back to see family, have a break from work and uni and generally just chill out in a relaxing, calm atmosphere. But I ended up galavanting around like a tourist and loving every second.

4 years is a long time and cities change, whole architectural trends take over and before you know it, the town you grew up in is almost unrecogniseable. Almost.

About to be hurtled down into the canyon! Argh!
I hit the ground running when I arrived in New Plymouth after a 6hour wait in Auckland airport spent attempting to sleep on my luggage lyring across 4 terminal seats. I spent 2 weeks in NZ and during that time I climbed Mount Taranaki (not the whole way, I'm not that good), jumped off a bridge, flew down a canyon going 200km/hr, shopped til I dropped, stood under a fresh mountain waterfall, rolled into the crater of a dormant but not extinct volcano, scared many a farm animal and picniced, tramped, bussed, drove and ran over a large part of the North island.

I saw culture, adventure, nature, fauna, citylife, countrylife, snow, sun, rain and immense beauty all in the one location in a short amount of time. I saw all of this whilst also managing to hang out with family and catch up with old friends. I even managed to catch a viewing of my Nana's surfing skills - I wish I was as cool as she is!

I would recommend a trip to New Zealand to every single traveller! I saw NZ through a tourists eyes this time around and I can honestly say that I definately loved what I saw.

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Mount Taranakifrom a lookout platf…
Mount Taranakifrom a lookout plat…
About to be hurtled down into the …
About to be hurtled down into the…
Freefalling off a bridge
Freefalling off a bridge
Still falling, waaaaaaay down ther…
Still falling, waaaaaaay down the…
One tree hill the memorial for t…
"One tree hill" the memorial for …
Playing on my old school playgroun…
Playing on my old school playgrou…
Jo, Brendan, Jess (my sister), and…
Jo, Brendan, Jess (my sister), an…
The road to the mountain
The road to the mountain
Lake Mangamahoe
Lake Mangamahoe
Urenui beach with storm clouds on …
Urenui beach with storm clouds on…
Flying over gravity canyon! Yeehaw!
Flying over gravity canyon! Yeehaw!
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