Natsumi is from a small town in Nagano, Japan, known primarily for its beautiful nature and location in the mountains. She was just 12 years old when she first traveled to Canada on a school trip, and after exploring more throughout high school travel quickly became her passion. So far, Natsumi has lived in Te Anau and Queenstown for nine months, and completed her studies in Tourism Management in Canada. Natsumi now calls the global city of Vancouver her home, and hopes to revisit New Zealand and the rest of the South Pacific soon.
What is your favorite place in the South Pacific?
New Zealand! I've lived in Queenstown and Te Anau on the South Island of New Zealand, and I have to say I love both towns equally. Te Anau is known as the entrance to Milford Sound, and it's a small town with a warm and serene atmosphere. Queenstown is very lively and has tons of attractions to enjoy, but in the summer I like to just spend time at the beach or lakeside. If you're a skier, definitely plan to visit the Remarkables ski park in the winter!
Tell us about a special discovery that you’ve made in the South Pacific.
My special discovery would have to be the Milford Track. Known as "the finest walking track in the world," I enjoyed 4 nights and 5 days of 'tramping' (hiking) in pristine nature. It was a really special experience, and I was amazed by all the beautiful flora, waterfalls, and rivers. New Zealand's native birds are also all around you while you walk, so there truly is so much to see.