Bucket List

In no particular order – and with no better name for it – this is a list of places I’d like to go and things I’d like to do … at some point in time.

Some are possible and will indeed be ticked off, some will remain a dream.

This list will certainly grow as does my love of travel and encountering new things/places/people.

New Zealand

  • Bay of Islands –  (went Jan ’13 – further trip required, hopefully including a boat next time!)
  • Dunedin, to compare to Edinburgh where I used to live
  • Central Otago – rail trail (& wine trail) maybe visit Sam Neill’s place
  • East Cape  (Dec/Jan’12 – a memorable journey)
  • Christchurch- we have been before but it’s a very different place since the quakes
  • Akaroa – I want to see dolphins
  • Fiordland – I’d love an overnight boat trip on the Sounds
  • Northland  (Jan’13 – amazing place, needs more exploring)
  • Lake Tekapo – has looked stunning on every picture I see
  • Whanganui National park for some kayaking on the river
  • Nelson – show me that sunshine
  • Mount Aspiring National Park – I have to visit with a name like that
  • Arthur’s Pass – a “must-do” road
  • Waiheke Island, with a couple of wineries for good measure
  • Queenstown and Arrowtown  (I’m lucky to have visited a couple of times – but not yet in the campervan)
  • Either of the South Island Glaciers – Franz Josef or Fox
  • Abel Tasman National Park/Golden Bay and a spot of kayaking
  • Blenheim – more wineries please
  • Stewart Island – with or without bus
  • Kaikoura – boat trip to to see whales and… swim with dolphins 🙂

Overseas Destinations

  • Australia (have had a few trips now for work and holidays)
  • France – revisit – still so many places there I’d like to go
  • Greece – well… obviously… did you see Mama Mia?
  • Switzerland – revisit – go see my brother
  • Canada – the big wilderness waiting to be explored by a bus
  • Peru – a childhood dream, maybe to see Paddington Bear
  • Italy – revisit – love this country (and their food) but still loads I haven’t seen there
  • China – see what the fuss is about this darn wall
  • Brazil/Argentina – visit the magnificent Iguazu falls
  • Caribbean Islands – any of them, just stick a pin in the map
  • U.S. – lots of places but particularly New York (my daughter and I have a pact to go there the year she is 18 and I’m 50!) 2020 update – hmm the NYC trip was booked and then… COVID 😦
    I’ll keep in on the bucket list as I’m determined to get there
  • India – but not roughing it, I want to do it in style
  • Russia – I love vodka

Could I possibly do that??

  • Go to sea on a big BIG sailing boat – Johnny Depp can come too if he likes
  • Learn French – oui, merci
  • Make cheese – any kind but the smellier the better
  • Lose two stones – we will speak no more about this
  • Catch a fish – and then give it someone else to get rid of the bones & yucky stuff
  • Write a book – and have it published
  • Learn sign language – so I can talk to everybody
  • Improve my running  eg. do it without stopping breathing
  • Own a highland cow – don’t know why but it would be called Elvis
  • Learn to appreciate seafood (I’m trying but come on… it’s like eating salty rubber bands)
  • Learn to play the piano – properly
  • See the Northern or Southern Lights
  • Move to New Zealand, buy a bus and start a blog about our travels

10 responses to “Bucket List”

  1. flyingkakapo says :

    When you go to Kaikoura, don’t just see the dolphins, go swimming with them. It’s an adventure you will never forget.

  2. Erin says :

    I love the idea of a bucket list – I think I will add one to my blog! I’ve been to a few of the places on your New Zealand list (Christchurch, Fjordland, Queenstown) and loved them all, and I’m currenlty living in New York City. Great place to visit!

    • Kiwi Annison says :

      So many places I want to go…. sigh!
      At least I am able to travel to many wonderful New Zealand spots quite easily in the bus – the rest of the world may have to wait for me a bit longer 😉

  3. kiwidutch says :

    I sooo want to steal some of your brilliant ideas (especially) from your “can I possibly do that list” for my next 101 things in 1001 days challenge.
    – learning sign language was a goal about 10 years ago but kids, work, etc pushed it completely out of the picture and your reminded me of it again.
    – The Northern and Southern lights are BOTH on my “in my lifetime” list.
    – Johnny Depp, do understand there is a queue 🙂

  4. pommepal says :

    I’m now 70 and have done quite a number of things on your list. Alot of them I still have to do…. So I better get a move on….

  5. Rachel says :

    Nga Manu Nature Reserve !!! Must experience. And when in Australia try to spend a week or two on Kangaroo Island, really amazing place!

  6. Annalie Brown says :

    Now that we’ve just bought our first camper, we must do a bucket list! So much to do, so little time! But we’ll be checking back here regularly to get some tips 🙂

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