I have made a final decision. The first stage of my adventure will be lovely New Zealand.
The Plan (please note I am only doing the northern island on this visit-queue shock! GASP!).
Starting in Auckland, up to the Bay of Islands, down to Hamiliton, east to Hahei then Rotorua. Followed by Mt Mauganui, Whaktane, Gisbourne and then Napier. Inwards to Taupo and down to Wellington. Then up to New Plymouth and Waitomo Caves, with a final stop at Raglan.
Any areas I have missed? would love to hear your experiences. I will leave you all with a Maori proverb that made a lot of sense to me.
“Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain”