Earthquakes and volcanoes were a common conversation topic with locals when I was in Chile, and it was interesting to hear their personal experiences. Natural disasters are terrible events. Some people, however, were able to tell me their experience with a calm matter-of-fact tone, others even with humor. I truly admire them.
The Tongariro National Park is one of those places that seem unreal, taken from another world. Smoky volcanoes, Moon-like valleys, colorful lakes. No wonder Mordor was filmed there. A popular option to explore the park is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a 19.4km long day walk.
Abel Tasman Coast Track is one of the most popular Great Walks. It goes along the coast, crossing dense deep green forests and passing by beautiful sand beaches with clear water. Could you imagine a more pleasant walk?
Since I am not a poet, there are places that I can only describe with images. In New Zealand I visited a lot of breathtaking places, and there are three that cut my breath and left me speechless more than any other. Banks Peninsula was one of them.
Milford Sound, described as one of the most beautiful spots of New Zealand, is in the most rainy region of the country. So if you go there, get a rain jacket and plenty of smiles, be ready for any kind of weather and enjoy the majesty of the fjord.