I was born and lived in New Zealand for 10 years. My brother recently moved back to join the army, so I have been to New Zealand three times this year, twice to see my brother and once for a school snow trip. I loved seeing my brother as this is the longest I've gone without seeing him and I love catching up with my extended family as always, but the school snow trip was the first time I've been to the South Island and it was marvelous. I went snowboarding for the first time ever and was taken back at just how picturesque the scenery is. It's one of the few places I've been to where the scenery lives up to it's postcard images.