In November 2016 I flew to the Southern Hemisphere and visited both Australia and New Zealand. I only spent a couple days in Sydney, but enjoyed the famous city views and nearby Blue Mountains. I spent the most time on the South Island of New Zealand where I had to dodge a lot of rainy weather but what an incredible place! New Zealand (specifically the South Island) currently ranks as my second favorite country in the entire world, with absolutely stunning scenery! I finished with a few days on the north island which is also very beautiful.