Feburary, 2009: We spent just over 60 hours in total on buses for 3 months in New Zealand.
Spending so many hours on buses probably sounds horrific to you, but thanks to the bus drivers it was honestly enjoyable – the bus rides with these New Zealand bus drivers felt more like long guide tours with travel guides who loved hearing the sound of their own voice than simply drive from pointA to pointB.
Every bus driver we traveled with had so many stories lined up for the whole ride, that they just simply wouldn’t shut up. Not that we wanted them to, they would tell both funny and interesting history of the land scape that was passing by the windows as we toured around the South Island.
(by the way – the bus company we used was Intercity – we had a awesome deal – flexipass – where you could get off and on as much as you wanted within 60hrs of bus travel – took us 2.5 months to use it all up)
It just amazed me how someone can talk uninterruptedly for five+ hours straight without caring whether anyone listened or caring whether people wanted to hear him. These men just talked and talked and talked, and without having to say a word they shared their own biography along with the history of New Zealand.
Our brains overwhelmed with so much information it was hard to remember it all, but one thing we got straight:
New Zealand must have the most ‘world famous things’ in the world..!
Every single village, including those so small you had passed it before the bus driver had even finished mentioning it, was world famous for something: World famous for the biggest loaf of bread, world famous for the biggest cookie, world biggest L&P bottle (as if L&P was sold anywhere else?), you name it…
It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if someone one day said that New Zealand was world famous for having the most world famous things…
However, I’m not sure where they came up with saying everything is world famous, maybe the well known L&P slogan *World Famous in New Zealand Since Ages Ago…* says it all!