With the announcement of The Royal's tour of NZ at the end of October, we take a look at Meghan's favourite places in New Zealand.
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Before she was a part of the Royal Family, Meghan had her lifestyle blog called The Tig, which has since been shut down. But we found the old love letter she wrote to New Zealand after her camper van tour around the country in 2014.
She went on the trip after co-star Gabriel Macht encouraged her.
I paused ever so slightly (thinking "Could I campervan? Should I campervan? Am I a campervanning girl?") before saying yes. Which quickly evolved into a resounding yes.
When talking about New Zealand, she had such high expectations, and the stunning views and landscapes blew her away. Her highlights included the incredible lakes, wine country, the great weather, glaciers, forests, farmland and beaches
She had a tremendous first impression arriving in Queenstown, filled with endless adventure and standout restaurants. She particularly loved Botswana Butchery, Vudu and Larder. A lovely point she made was how in one day she was amazed by the kind nature of kiwis.
Lake Wanaka was also a favourite, she acknowledged how it was less touristy compared to Queenstown, yet just as gorgeous. For this part of her trip, she took part in some fly fishing and went to the Cinema Paradiso to watch a film and have the homemade cookies! She referred to Wanaka as a gem of a town where she felt like a local quickly.
Franz Josef glacier and seal colony
Meghan travelled to Franz Josef glacier and hiked the famous track. She loved this as it was for people of all experience and levels, so she would recommend it to anyone. Her favourite part was walking along to the seal colonies after completing the hike.
This region was a definite win for Meghan, with their beautiful wineries (Hans Herzog & Kim Crawford were standouts to her). She also loved the proximity to Havelock, where she was amazed by the massive size of the green lip mussels.
Kaikoura and Akaroa
Her main recommendation is if you ever get the chance to swim with dolphins, say yes! When offered to go on a dolphin tour in Kaikoura she jumped at the opportunity, and it was one of her highlights.
It is magical and otherworldly, and you become acutely aware of how intuitive, engaging, and playful these beautiful creatures are. It was an unforgettable experience.
She also loved the quaint French town of Akaroa with its beautiful seaside charm, cobblestone streets, and spots like Ma Maison to indulge in cassoulet and bottle of their house plonk.
After ten days in a campervan, Meghan wanted some space, and Waiheke was the perfect location. She loved the quick plane ride from Christchurch to Auckland to the ferry and arrive in the "sleepy beach town" of Waiheke. Meghan rented a bach on the water and loved being able to step out her door and run into the ocean. The wineries were a highlight and Mudbrick was a standout for her. She claimed Waiheke was the perfect end to a magical holiday in New Zeland.
When she comes again in October with Prince Harry, she won't be revisiting these spots, but she will be visiting a new range of our countries most beautiful cities.