Thursday, March 08, 2018

New Zealand Road Trip and City Trips in Shanghai and Hong Kong

In 7 weeks I am embarking once again a long distance trip. To the other side of the world!

Flag of New Zealand.

Yup, I am going to New Zealand to visit my sister who lives in Auckland. We are going on a road trip starting from Auckland going down south to Wellington with stops in Matamata and Taupo, and then we take the ferry to Marlborough wine country, passing the Nelson Lakes National Park and then finally, Christchurch.

As I do not have weeks to stay, I am reserving the very southern part of the island for another trip. Perhaps with the Dutchman if he is up for some adventure in the near future.

There is going to be a lot of nature sightseeing on this road trip and just enjoying what mother nature has given us.

There are no direct non-stop flights from Europe to New Zealand, so I am stopping in Shanghai and Hong Kong for a few days each way. See how far it is. Asia is just halfway through.

Flag of China.

But I also have 2 other city trips planned in Asia because there is no direct flight from Europe all the way to New Zealand. That's more than 20 hours flying! So going to NZ, I will be stopping for a few days in Shanghai, China. I have been watching videos on Youtube about Shanghai so I am quite prepared now. I need to pick up a few Chinese words and phrases because the only thing I can be proud of myself right now is that I can count in Mandarin.

I will be making use of the 144-hour visa-free transit in China, although I may only be there for 72 +/- hours (3 days).

Flag of Hong Kong.

Going back, I will be stopping as well for a few days layover in Hong Kong. I just love this city. Did you know this is my favourite city in the world? I hope to meet up with my parents here before I fly back to the Netherlands, and plan to check out some new sights and food destinations as well.

There are lots to prepare, such as booking the hotels, rental car, and stuff. My flight tickets though have been bought a few weeks ago, so the trip's guaranteed =)

Oh, I cannot wait!

Travel Period: Spring 2018
Destination: New Zealand, China, Hong Kong

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All pictures were taken by a point and shoot pocket camera or a smartphone.

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