Riding Around New Zealand : South Island,Part 1

Riding Around New Zealand : South Island,Part 1

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Enjoy some breathtaking photos from our drive around Aotearoa.

The very last country we visited on our travel adventure was New Zealand – located literally at the opposite end of the world from we where we started (daaaaang,  that’s far away!).Not unlike in Australia, we pretty much roadtripped or way through NZ – the reasons  being very simple: close to no public transport,  relatively high cost of the few transport options,  and the fact that you would be doing yourself a disservice with taking a bus because THE DRIVES AROUND NZ ARE BEAUTIFUL and with your own (i.e. rented) car you can stop whenever the hell you want,  when you want.  ?

As far as rentals go,  I strongly recommend looking at car relocations – which means,  you fetch a rental car from its drop-off location back to its pick-up station,  and that either for free (if you can manage to do it within the alloted time) or for a small extra fee (if you want to extend your trip). ?

Other option is finding a rideshare with someone who already has a car –  which is what we did directly after we landed in Christchurch. Here are some pictures from our first group trip (5 days), followed by another drive with a downsized 3-man group.

The wonderful lake Tekapo
The wonderful lake Tekapo
Lake Alexandrina,  with the guest appearance of the Southern Alps
Lake Alexandrina, with the guest appearance of the Southern Alps
Aoraki (Mt. Cook) showed us its sunny side
Aoraki (Mt. Cook) showed us its sunny side
The sky, the lake, the mountains: can you belive this amazing view?? (#nofilter,  I promise)
The sky, the lake, the mountains: can you belive this amazing view?? (#nofilter, I promise).  Tasman Lake,  Mt.  Cook National Park

I established pretty early on that New  Zealand has the most beautiful sky: never before have I seen such vibrant blue hues and such daunting, impressive clouds! Good on y’all,  NZ,  for your grade A+ sky game! I love it! ???

Unfortunately, we had no blue sky during our Milford Sound trip, which, as we learned from out boat crew,  is not uncommon. Please keep this in mind when you book your expensive as hell boat tour. Also, do use Bookme for finding great deals on excursions, tours and events – your wallet will thank you! ? Anyway, here are our foggy Milford views:

Milford Sound: how to get your camera lens soaked
Milford Sound: how to get your camera lens soaked
Upside to a rainy day: hundreds of waterfalls!
Upside to a rainy day: hundreds of waterfalls!
Cheeky Kea birds pestering stopped cars in front of a tunnel ?
Cheeky Kea birds pestering stopped cars in front of a tunnel ?

After freezing our asses off in Milford Sound, we made a 2-day stopover in Queenstown. Gorgeous, but super touristy town! (I’ve never seen so many hotels next to each other. But, to be fair, the surrounding landscape is incredible!) Our highlight was eating at Fergburger twice within 24 hours. ? Check out these burger beasts!

Definitely getting the most bang for the buck!
Definitely getting the most bang for the buck!
Lake Wakatipu on a sunny spring afternoon
Lake Wakatipu on a sunny spring afternoon

From Queenstown we got an extended (5-day) car relocation deal and made our way north, along the west coast, with Abel Tasman National Park as our final destination. Since I have so many wonderful pictures to share with you, I’m gonna devote another post to the second leg of our South Island tour.



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