We took a trip to New Zealand in late February.
We got a steal of a deal on some nonestop New Zealand Air tickets. We paid $1000 for two tickets round trip thanks to Cyber Monday in 2015. We had not been specifically looking for tickets to NZ. But we had been eager for a getaway after we got suckered out of our winter break due to work commitments. So when I saw the deal I pounced.
I had always heard NZ was a nice country to visit, but I had no idea what we were in store for. The place was literally magical, I can see why they chose to film lots of movies there.
Some of the more impressive photos are attached below:
We stayed at airbnb the whole time. We picked on the water 90% of the nights.
We did the whole vacation for less than $3500. That is flights, lodging, rental car, food etc. It was an exceptional experience I may retire there.
The only bad thing that happened was on our flight over there someone had a medical emergency and we had to turn back to LA before proceeding to NZ. This made the flight about 21 hours total when it should have been 15.