While studying at Boston University, Sophie had the opportunity to study abroad and intern at a local event production company in Auckland, New Zealand. From the moment she stepped out of the plane, New Zealand captured her heart. Sophie's favorite activities include hiking, fishing, playing tennis, skiing, enjoying water activities, and exploring all things outside- making NZ her ideal outdoor playground. Living in Auckland gave Sophie the opportunity to explore different regions of the North Island every weekend; all you have to do is get yourself behind a wheel, and within 20 minutes you're encompassed by unimaginable New Zealand landscapes and sites. New Zealand amazed and entertained Sophie for half a year, until she begrudgingly had to return home.After graduating, Sophie's travel bug brought her on a backpacking trip around Southeast Asia, but her constant desire to go back to NZ has never faded.
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I'll never forget when…
One of my favorite experiences in New Zealand was the Monro Beach walk by Lake Moeraki in the South Island. The walk started with crossing a swinging bridge that went over a beautiful, turquoise stream between two open, grassy fields. On the other side of the field, I immediately entered into a luscious, green rainforest. Everywhere I looked was covered in soft, green moss, ferns of all sizes, and constant water trickling from the trees. As I made my way farther through the rainforest, under massive native trees that had trees growing out of their mossy trunks which also had trees growing out of them, I truly felt I was in another world. At the end of the walk, I turned a corner and all of a sudden I was on a sandy beach and to my right was a family of three Fiordland Crested Penguins waddling along the edge of the rainforest. It was one of many moments in NZ where the sheer power and beauty of nature left me with no words; all I could do was smile and convince myself this was real.