I was in New Zealand for two weeks by myself. I’d only planned my five week adventure Down Under as far as my travel arrangements and transportation, the rest I left up to local concierges and guides. This is just how I roll. I don’t read guidebooks, GPS myself into the ground, or have a list of must sees. I like to experience what any given destination is known for according to the locals in the know. This can have unexpected results.
When I landed, I asked what New Zealand was best known for. Of course, I’d heard about the natural beauty, I was aware of the many films made there capitalizing on that, that was too obvious. Much to my surprise, the concierge said “New Zealand is the land of extreme sports.” Uh oh, I was about as athletic as a wet noodle. My idea of sports was a rare gym workout or maybe a long walk (which my trainer compared to falling forward, OUCH!)
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