On my first day I was lazy. After fetching the rental car I went to the Banks Peninsula southeast of Christchurch.
I had a very bad jetlag for the first three to four days, so keep in mind not to put too heavy sightseeing into the first few days abroad. Sitting on a hilltop was just fine, the view was lovely!
In New Zealand there are no native mammals (apart from two sorts of bats), but it is populated by various birds. In millennia they had no natural enemies, so lots of the NZ birds don’t fly but leap around.
I’ve been to NZ with my husband, nevertheless I will write I and not we as it is my blog and my memories and my photos.