New Zealand picnicWow!!! That is what we have to say about New Zealand. We road-tripped from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island and had to pick our jaw off the floor of our campervan with every mountain, beach, glacier, volcano, vineyard, colonial town, and geothermal pool. New Zealand has to be one of the prettiest places on the planet, only enhanced by the hospitality and good humor of the Kiwis. As compared to the dozens of developing countries we visited on the HoneyTrek, it was pretty straight-laced, but all the more reason to give them a little razz.

You Know You’re in New Zealand When…


– The ratio of sheep to humans is 20:1. Yes, this island nation is home to 20 million sheep and only 3 million people.


– Everyone bleeds All Black


– You always feel like you’re on the set of The Lord of the Rings…because you are


– Border patrol nearly has a heart-attack when you open our rucksack and show them a few tasty treats you brought over from Asia


– You never know when a landslide, mudslide, glacier-slide or some other death-slide is going to come your way


– They are so serious about wine, they have a tasting station at the supermarket


– Mobile homes are elevated to a new level with mahogany siding, stain glass, fireplaces, and roof decks


– Lunch becomes a daily competition to try and top yesterday’s view.


– Suddenly jumping out a 439-foot high cable car sounds like a good idea


– You can’t leave your car unattended for fear this ravenous mountain parrot will break in, eating the rubber window seal for lunch and the upholstery for dessert. Darn you cheeky Keas!


– There is so much geothermal activity that the earth literally bubbles neon colors, while simultaneously burping sulfuric gases out of ancient mud pits


– You may just couchsurf with a scuba-diving lobster fisherman who makes excellent home-brew (P.S. Don’t ask, we need to protect this man’s identity)


– The beaches have more seals than sunbathers


– They make up for a little rain with a endless rainbows


Which is your favorite You Know You’re in New Zealand?


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