New Zealand – Discovered
Thought for the day….” Well done is better than well said”.
” When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.”
It is sad to see some of the changes in New Zealand now. Up to a few years ago, it was cheap destination and was the sort of place where you could arrive in a place and decide where to stay and for how long. Now that has changed. Huge numbers of tourists (many of them from China) mean that accommodation and buses are booked out, even now which was traditionally a ‘low’ season. There were 402 518 international visitor arrivals in December 2014, a new record, with Chinese tourists being the big growth area. Compare that figure to the total number of people in NZ (just over 4.5 million) and you can see that over a year, that the number of tourists is huge. Over 3/4 of the population of NZ live in the North Island. But the problem now is that most of the tourists want to see the most popular places such as Queenstown, which is leading to overcrowding and booked out buses and accommodation. This season it is hard to travel with advance reservations, and tourist activities are heavily booked, even this late in the season. Prices have gone up a lot too, and NZ is no longer the bargain destination that it was. Prices for accommodation have risen sharply, tourist activity prices have reached European levels, and eating out has also reached European price levels too New Zealand has been discovered ! So if you are going to visit New Zealand, reserve in advance and come with a lot more money !! And the photo today is from New Zealand, Lake Wanaka early morning…
and another photo out of the archives….sunset at Ometepe, Nicaragua.