Or Goodbye New Zealand.
Two words: No frills. New Zealand and its people are simple. In the best way. I've found this to be a hard-working country (particularly through its main export of farming) whose people aren't looking for handouts or attention. They almost seem uncomfortable accepting a thank you!
There are no flashy billboards along the roads. Accommodations along the way are typically unpretentious motels. They're not trying to sell you anything. They know the beauty of the country sells itself. And they are staunch in protecting it. The Department of Conservation seems involved in most matters and its stamp can be seen along roadways nationwide through their green and yellow informational and directional signs. My curiosity and spirits seemed to always rise when I saw those green and yellow signs!
So as my last day of exploration ends here in Auckland, I leave remembering this about New Zealand: No frills. All thrills.
It was a thrill to have you along for this journey.
Kia Ora! (Also means thank you in Maori) With love.
New Zealand's flag comprised of the flag of Great Britain in the corner (in honor of its British colony roots) and the Southern Cross (a star constellation that shines brightly in the Southern Hemisphere).