categories: pacific travel
The Amateur Traveler talks to Erik Smith about his month long visit to New Zealand. We focus in this interview about the South Island of New Zealand. Erick started in Christchurch and then visited The Banks Penninsula, Lake Tekapo, the Dunedin, the Otago Peninsula, the Southern Scenic Route including the Catlins, Fiordland National Park (including cruising both Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound) Queenstown, the rainy west coast, Abel Tasman National Park, Kaikoura, and Picton.
Along the way Erick saw waterfalls, lighthouses, wildlife, fjords, glaciers, and mountains. He went whale watching, swam with Hector’s dolphins, and visited the Royal Albatross Center. But Erik most of all Erik was struck by the majesty of the Southern Island.
“The Southern Alps are not the tallest mountains. The U.S. Rockies are bigger, a lot of the Alps themselves are bigger, there are certainly higher mountain ranges in the world, but they are just so photogenic so beautiful.”
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Travel to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks – Episode 183
Travel to Michigan – Episode 236
Travel to the Four Corners Region in the American SouthWest – Episode 278
Black Water Rafting
Cadbury Chocolate Factory
Speights Brewery Tour
Survival of the Kiwi Bird
International Antarctic Centre
Camper Vanning It
Discover New Zealand With Real Journeys
Abel Tasman National Park
Nelson Lakes National Park
Whale Watch – Kaikoura
I really enjoyed your episode on the European microstates. I especially liked the way the guest handled each one of them, not just explaining what’s there but telling the history behind these geographical oddities.
I’ve been to Liechtenstein and enjoyed it tremendously. Downtown Vaduz, the Parliament and the Cathedral were particularly nice, and since I went in mid-September, the hordes of annoying tourists were non-existent. It is indeed the same as being in Switzerland but the fact you are not, makes the experience somehow special.
My wife and I want to go back to Venice one more time before our days are over. I will make sure to add San Marino to that trip.
Thanks for your podcast. It is by far one of the better ones out there.
“We went into the casino at Monte Carlo without being too dressed up, although we were ‘business casual’. There is a room in the front of the casino where they have slot machines and video poker, probably intended for US visitors, which is as far as we went. It’s the only time I’ve ever won at slots. I believe the real casino that you see in the James Bond movies might be dressier.
The real thing to see at the casino is the restrooms, with super-automated toilets. Can’t explain, you just have to see them.
Also, Liechtenstein was invaded recently. A unit of the Swiss army got lost during a training exercise a couple of years back, and wandered over the border. But they didn’t take any prisoners.”