Kizi from Brazil had been studying at NZLC Auckland for over seven months when she decided to take a one week break over the Christmas and New Year period to embark on an epic road trip around the North Island with her friend.
Kizi left Auckland in a hired car on Christmas Day and drove to the Coromandel where she spent two days trekking. She then visited Tauranga, Taupo, Rotorua and the famous Tongariro Crossing before coming back to Auckland to continue her NZLC General English course.
Kizi and her friend stayed in campgrounds in every city except Rotorua. During the trip, they mostly slept in her friend’s tent and cooked in the campgrounds.
We talked to Kizi about her experiences:
“New Zealand is an awesome country for travelling. It’s easy, safe and relaxing. I’m really adventurous and I love trekking so it’s the perfect place for me! There are good campgrounds and other kinds of accommodation. Taupo had the most amazing campground with a bar inside the swimming pool!
It was so impressive, I couldn’t believe that this was the style of camping in NZ! All the campgrounds had organised and clean kitchens so we could just buy some cheap food at the supermarket and use the facilities to cook. Staying in the campground is the best way to get a real ‘Kiwi’ experience because that’s what all the local people do! Hiring a car is easy.
You should have an international driver’s licence but aside from that, the process is pretty easy and the roads here are safe. It’s also super easy to see a lot of places in a short amount of time because everything is so close in NZ and the landscape is so diverse!
NZLC Auckland works closely with a travel company called Action Tours who organise some excellent short weekend excursions every weekend to Rotorua, Taupo and the Coromandel. Many of my friends have been really impressed with these trips and everything including transport and accommodation is already organised too.
My favourite places
were the Coromandel, Taupo, Tongariro Crossing and the Rotoito Forest. I love
Queenstown too. I definitely recommend visiting some of these amazing and
beautiful places if you get a chance while you are in NZ! Make the most of the
weekends or check if you are eligible for a one or two week holiday with the
NZLC staff and explore this beautiful country while you study!”