Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand

The Globetrotting Diaries: Experiencing ‘100% Pure New Zealand’

I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina and for as long as I can remember I have had a calling for travel. I travelled to many places with my family, but my dream was to visit and live in New Zealand for a little bit. When people asked me, “Why New Zealand?”, I didn’t have an answer to be honest. There was just something inside me that wanted to go there.

Finally in March 2011 I quit my job and travelled to New Zealand. My original plan was to spend six months over there and I ended up staying for three years, which should tell you how much I loved it! I traveled all around the North and South Islands and I even worked in a “picking and packing” house of kiwi fruit and cherries.

Loving the landscape. (Credit: Jesica Faur)

My favourite part of New Zealand is the South Island. I drove all the way from Wellington, took the ferry across to Picton and continued driving along the east coast down to Queenstown. This place definitely became one of my favourites. I loved everything about the area: Queenstown, Wanaka, Te Anau, and Milford Sound. As a nature lover, the landscape is stunning! I also loved all the bars, cafes, streets, hills, hikes, and adventure activities such as skydiving and bungee jumping (yes, I did both). The magnificent fjords and the roads—everything was and is so perfect that it’s hard to believe that it’s real! 

It was very hard to leave New Zealand as I was completely in love with the country and the people. But I am very sure I will visit New Zealand again. I suggest that if you can, you should experience this lovely country for yourself and then you will understand everything that I am saying.

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Jesica Faur

Destination Specialist, Downunder — Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, after Jesica got her Bachelor's degrees in Hotel Management and Tourism, she packed her bags and decided to travel the world. She spent over three years in New Zealand, and two years in Australia where she got her Diploma in Business. After that, she travelled around Indonesia, Fiji, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Thailand. In 2015, she volunteered in Argentine Patagonia for several months and then traveled to Uruguay for a month. She moved to Canada in March 2016. She has also visited Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, USA, and Israel.

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