Thursday, November 16, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Greetings from the enchanting landscapes of Aotearoa! Taking a breather here in my homeland has been nothing short of a soul-soothing adventure—a reminder of the therapeutic powers of switching off and embracing the Kiwi way of life.
Our journey began with a scenic flight into Queenstown, before driving the scenic winding roads to mid Canterbury. Living in the shadows of these awe-inspiring mountains, you can't help but feel like a hobbit in a Lord of the Rings sequel. It reminded me that in New Zealand, nature doesn't just knock at your door; it struts in with a dramatic entrance.
Sure, we passed some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, Lakes Ruataniwha, Wanaka, Pukaki, and Tekapo—each one a masterpiece in its own right. But let's get to the real highlight: a pilgrimage to the "best pie shop in the world," the Fairlie Bakehouse, before closing time. Word of advice: try the pork belly and apple sauce pie—it's a flavour explosion that should come with a warning label.
For tourists, Queenstown might be the headliner, but for me, the real magic of New Zealand lies in the everyday charm that's sprinkled all over the country. The local fish and chip shop, where my love story began, was like a beacon of comfort in a sea of adventure when I saw it still stood.
But, amidst the jaw-dropping scenery, it's the little joys that make a holiday home truly special. As my nieces and nephews enthusiastically show our 7-month-old son the ropes of Kiwi life, starting with befriending newborn lambs, I'm reminded that slowing down and savouring the quirky moments is the real treasure of life.
As Christmas approaches which can be a stressful time for many, it’s a reminder that the little moments matter the most.