In Seth Kugel’s many years of flying, he had never sat in business class. Here, finally, was his chance.
New Zealand is a beautiful country that begs to be hiked and climbed and camped in. And so it perfectly pairs with the camper van, which gets you about as close to the outdoors as you can be, short of a tent.
When you have a limited budget on the South Island there’s a lot to be said for leapfrogging the tourist bases and spending your time in the countryside between them.
Compared with the culture recalibration required of Americans when they travel to some far off parts of the world, arriving in New Zealand is a rather smooth experience. Still, another country is another country. Here’s what took me by surprise.
A day and a half in Auckland yields a recently renovated art gallery, plenty of shopping and the glories of meat pies.