One of the great things about New Zealand is that nature is all around you. You can drive or walk a short distance and find yourself completely alone. On our way from Invercargill to Dunedin, we pulled off the road and found ourselves a lone seal kicking back on the beach.
The beach was really isolated and it felt like we were in a National Geographic documentary. As we watched the seal snoozing contentedly, the cold wind whipped off the sea and chilled us to the bone. The seal didn’t seem bothered at all by this.
I wondered if the seal always returned to the same spot each year? Maybe that’s something we could all strive to do as New Zealand somehow manages to work itself into your heart and soul. Whether you’re looking for isolation and some alone-time with nature or the bustling city lights of bigger cities, New Zealand has something for everyone.
Even as sick as I was (and I really did feel like hell at this point), I could still appreciate the inherent beauty surrounding this place and this country. It’s difficult to describe how great a place is to people who have never experienced it for themselves. Words, and even all the photos and videos I’ve tried to take to document this journey, don’t do it justice. They cannot capture every nuance about New Zealand that makes this place special.