In my blog, I often wax lyrical about the beauty of my adopted home, New Zealand. However, I think it is important to have a bit of balance every now and again to tell you about the places which just don’t really cut it for me (but then of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder).
So here is a list of places which have disappointed…and the reasons why…
Wanaka has a beautiful lake (Lake Wanaka) right next to it. But taking the town on its own merits, it is a soulless, modern eyesore of a place which is there largely to serve the public desire to be close to the lake (and when did a public presence really benefit a natural place in modern times?). While I have not stayed there, passing through was enough.
Nestled on the shore of the gorgeous Lake Wakatipu, and with the equally beautiful Shotover River nearby, Queenstown is the hub for all of the extreme sports you can possibly think of. I have partaken in said sports in my past and thoroughly enjoyed them. However, I feel that given its main attractions, Queenstown has become a hub for thrill-seekers largely in their 20s and 30s and if you are not inclined to be in this group, you are possibly best to avoid it…try the nearby Arrowtown instead.
I had high hopes of visiting Nelson in the north of the South Island. I am not entirely sure why. The city itself was rather mundane (and a bit of an anti-climax after the scenery en-route from Picton) although there were some great beaches nearby. The cathedral was a tad strange. One plus is that the maker of the rings from the Lord of the Rings films is based here and they even let me take a photo…zoom in for price information.