Christchurch was devastated by a massive earthquake in 2011, made worse by aftershocks for just shy of an entire year. The city is still rebuilding today, with modern design including a mall built from storage containers and incorporation of bike lanes on all roads. Cathedral Square stands as hope for the city to come, but a continued reminder of what the city went through. Reconstruction of the cathedral remains outstanding as citizens disagree on reconstruction vs. demolition.
Getting lost in the trees - Truman Track, South Island
The Truman Track is a quick hike through eerie and beautiful trees to an awesome inlet beach – with no other visitors.
Wide open spaces - Countryside, South Island
There are more sheep than people in New Zealand. And more people in many US cities than the whole of the country. This leads to wide open spaces. On a trip across the South Island I worried that I was going the wrong way because I knew I was supposed to be on a major highway, but hadn’t seen another car for hours.
Pancake rocks - Punakaiki, South Island
On the West Coast of the South Island is Punakaiki Park, home to the infamous “Pancake Rocks,” which are limestone formations celebrating their 30 millionth birthday. If you stick around long enough, you'll see the sea erupt through the blowholes at the park.
A View from above - Sunset from the Skytower, Auckland, North Island
If you want a better view of Auckland, you can go up the Skytower – or better yet, jump off of it.
Modern and bustling - Auckland Skyline, North Island
Auckland is home to about 32% of New Zealand’s small population and it sits right on the water. It's not your average capital city.
Surrounded by color – Port Wakaito, North Island
You don’t have to be visiting a famous landmark to get a great view; here the sunset bounced off the landscape and a colorful roadside building in Port Wakaito, calling for another unscheduled stop to pull over and enjoy the view.
Boat country - Auckland Harbor, North Island
If that's what you're into, you can get out on the water anywhere in the country.