This may be the best amateur New Zealand travel video ever made!!! Well, probably not, but I’m still quite proud of it.
Full disclosure: I do not own the rights to the partial songs featured. They are all cited in the video at the end. They are all listed again in detail in the video description below. If you like any of these great songs, please purchase them from iTunes or download them to your Spotify account or wherever you buy your music.
Part One – Intro
In the opening of the video you see a dash cam video of us driving through someone’s farm (with their permission) to avoid a downed tree on the highway. The second part of the intro kicks in with Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf. You see a couple pictures of our sweet “Jucy” campervan and a random mashup of images and video clips from all over New Zealand.
Part Two – North Island
The second song is Down by the River by Milky Chance. This part of the video shows scenes from the North Island of New Zealand, specifically around Tongariro National Park, Lake Taupo, and Rotorua. The coastal scenes are from a fantastic twelve-mile beach trek along Cape Kidnappers in Hawke’s Bay on the east coast of the North Island.
Part Three – On the Sea Between the Islands
Song number three is Rolling Sea by Vetiver. This part of the video shows images and video clips from the beautiful Inter-Island Ferry as we made our way from the North to the South Island on a spectacular summer evening.
Part Four – Nelson Lakes National Park
Part Five – The Wild West Coast
Part Six – Lakes and Rainforest
Song number six is Humbug Mountain Song by Fruit Bats. Here we’ve headed back inland from the coast over the amazing Haast Pass and into the South Island Lakes District. Some scenes here are also from the rain forests of Fiordland National Park, one of the premier wilderness national parks on Earth.
Part Seven – Waterfalls
For the seventh song you hear Rodrigo y Gabriela’s beautiful version of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven. These scenes are from a waterfall-filled trek into Mount Aspiring National Park.
Part Eight – The Most Beautiful Place on Earth
The eighth and final song is Lord Huron’s Ends of the Earth which takes you into one of the most beautiful places in the world–Milford Sound. We arrived to Milford sound early in the morning to dense fog, but just as our boat departed into the water, the fog broke apart leaving only remnants of snow-white clouds adorning the flanks of out-of-this-world peaks and their numerous waterfalls. We were lucky enough to also see dusky dolphins, seals, AND, penguins. It was a spectacular experience and a perfect capstone to our amazing trip to New Zealand.