3 December 2018 | Written by Scott Martin

Miles & Tilly; Our Year Travelling NZ

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A LITTLE ABOUT THESE NZ TRAVELLERS

Miles & Tilly first met skateboarding in the summer of 2015. Driven by their love of activities and adventure sports, as well as hiking and surrounding themselves in gorgeous scenery, they hatched a plan to travel New Zealand and explore what the country has to offer. 

On January 11th 2018, they arrived at Auckland airport with nothing but their skateboards and a bag packed to last them the year,  picked up our ride and on the New Zealand roads, they went!


WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION?

One of the main things that took our breath away, again and again, is the stunning scenery New Zealand has to offer. Everywhere you look is a photo opportunity! We couldn’t believe how perfect it is for road tripping!

We were discussing the other day our first view of NZ from our plane – from above you could see the combination of endless coastline, rugged countryside and thick subtropical rainforests that make it the ideal place to explore no matter what tickles your fancy!


WHAT HAS LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION OF YOU FROM YOUR TRAVELS?

The one thing that has stuck most with us has to be the Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park… We spent three days there, waiting for clear weather conditions. On our final morning, we woke up at 4am underneath a blanket of stars, snow-covered mountains lead the way and we didn’t need the use of our head torches. Our aim was to watch first light hit mighty Aoraki/Mt Cook.. It did not disappoint!

The lake at the foot of the mountain was so still, while the sun slowly lit up the summit, there was not another soul around while we admired the beauty of the Southern Alps and took photos together. That morning we felt more alive than ever.


WHERE WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR TRIP?

Miles: We often ask each other this question, and it seems to change on a weekly basis! For me, it has to be Lake Pukaki, and the neighbouring Mt. Cook. I was blown away by the beauty of that mountain, and the unique colour of the captivating lake it towers over.

Tilly: Mine is definitely Kaikoura! We were there in August, originally just for a night so we could then going whale watching the next day. We ended up staying for four days! Swimming with Dolphins in Kaikoura has definitely been a highlight for me and an experience I don’t think I could ever forget. Up close and personal with about 400 wild dusky dolphins was just magical.

It’s such a wonderful town with so much to offer, and we wish all the best to everyone there still recovering and rebuilding their lives from the earthquake back in 2016.


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE PEOPLE OF NZ?

We have been so overwhelmed with how friendly people are in NZ. Within just a few hours of landing, we had been offered places to stay and advice from people. The people in New Zealand have been what’s made our trip so wonderful.

I remember when we first arrived, we were just off a 33-hour flight and had picked up our van, didn’t have a clue where we were going. We had parked up by Blockhouse Bay close to Auckland and were wondering what next when a family walked over to us and got chatting. Within 20 minutes we had been loaded with advice and information. Such as places to visit, campgrounds to stay and activities to try. 

They then gave us their address for us to visit them and stay if we ever passed through their town!  This has happened a lot to us in New Zealand. We have now gained some fantastic friends from peoples kind nature. We were at Waipu caves shortly after arriving. Something like that would never happen back in the UK; people just don’t get chatting to each other like that.


 

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