Between 18-23 February 2018, I made a memorable and time-aggressive road trip around New Zealand’s South Island with my parents, not unlike an adrenaline-pumped episode of the Amazing Race! We drove almost 1,800 kilometres in these six days and saw many unforgettable sights that took our breaths away. Considering I was travelling long distances with two senior citizens, I feel blessed that everyone came out of it relatively healthy and refreshed. Heck, my dad did a lot of the driving than mom and I was!
The road trip started after we flew into Christchurch from Auckland. Granted, we weren’t able to see everything that the travel agent suggested we do in the itinerary they prepared for us, but we did as much as we could and skipped out certain places and activities to fit our timeline. After all, it is a holiday, why stress out? While we tried to keep to the driving schedule, we kept our itinerary open and loose and picked and chose what we could cover for the day.
I am breaking down my South Island experience into 7 separate blog posts, each highlighting one day of adventure. Click on the link below that piques your interest first or just go day by day and follow me on my adventure:
- Day 1: The alma mater, beautiful lakes and mountains
(Lincoln University, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, Mt. Cook Village)
- Day 2: Penguins, ancient boulders and world’s steepest street
(Omarama, Oamaru, Koehohe Beach, Dunedin)
- Day 3 – The southernmost tip and endemic birds
(Invercargill, Bluff, Lake Te Anau)
- Day 4 – The cruise at the adventure capital (Queenstown)
- Day 5 – The reflective lake (Lake Matheson)
- Day 6 – Helicopter ride to Fox Glacier, the continental train
(Fox Glacier, Greymouth to Christchurch)
- Day 7 – Christchurch (tram ride, punting on the River Avon, gondola views from Mt. Cavendish)