I’ve never been to New Zealand and my knowledge of the country extends only as far as the images seen on Lord of the Rings. I bet you Kiwis hate that, don’t you? But there’s this whole Blog4NZ thing going on and I hate missing out on a good party, so I started reading through the blog posts. Dear god! If it didn’t cost more than my entire savings account to get there from Newfoundland, I’d be all over it like stink on a hobo.
But when I do get there someday, here’s what I’d like to do.
Walk Baldwin Street in Dunedin - I got this idea from Andy Hayes, and although it seems like a cop-out compared to the other wicked-awesome things to do in New Zealand, climbing the steepest street in the world would be rad. Especially when I’m pretty sure I live on the steepest street in North America. Or at least it feels that way.
Hike Doubtful Sound - Another from Mr. Hayes, simply because OMGISNTTHISPRETTY?
Sit on a beach – Because I can.
Visit Hobbiton - I had no idea this actually existed. TINY HOUSES FOR TINY PEOPLE?
White Water Rafting – Like Dave & Deb did with Rangitata Rafting, because water sports are the only sports I really enjoy and yet I’ve never been white water rafting. I’d love being hosed down while clinging to a raft in class 5 rapids, truly.
Visit Aoraki Mount Cook National Park – Because the water is so blue. And the tallest mountain in New Zealand is okay too, I guess.
Actually, Camp at all 14 National Parks – If there’s anything I learned from my weekend at winter camp and my unfortunate 20-minute struggle to change my underwear in my sleeping bag, it’s that I definitely need more camping experience.
Hang Out With Some Glow Worms in Waitomo, New Zealand – I hate worms and things that have glowing poop, but these are pretty cool. Also, I had a nightmare not too long ago that I found 3 worms in my hair and they were causing me to go bald, so I feel like somehow it fits into my weird life.
Learn to Dive – I’ve been tossing around the idea of learning how to dive for a few months now, and it’s something I’d like to do. There’s some amazing shipwrecks around the coast of Newfoundland to be explored. One of New Zealand’s 25 marine reserves sounds like a pretty great place to start.
The one thing I won’t do, ever? This.
Now excuse me, this music is giving me a seizure.
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