Off down south

The time has come to bid Auckland farewell and head out on the road to NZ’s south island.

We had originally sort of been planning to save this until the end of our trip, but had a rethink as sleeping in a camper van will surely be more fun during summer!

We’re spending 2.5 weeks and splitting the island into 2 loops: north and south.

North loop:

  • Starting in Christchurch – we’ve heard and read so much about this city and its rebuilding, looking forward to seeing it for ourselves.
  • Transalpine train to Greymouth – apparently one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world.
  • Pick up a car and head to Hokitika for some gorge walking
  • Up to Abel Tasman national park for walking and kayaking – staying in Kaiteriteri and we’ve also had bays around Farewell Spit recommended

    Abel Tasman - photo by Wilsons Abel Tasman

    Abel Tasman – photo by Wilsons Abel Tasman

  • Nelson and Blenheim for winetasting – we’re staying on a vineyard in Blenheim found through Airbnb
  • Kaikoura – for whale and seal watching
  • Ferry from Picton to Wellington – spending a few days in our prospective home city to get a feel for it
  • Fly back to Christchurch

South loop:

  • Meet friends from home and pick up campervans
  • Down to Dunedin via Timaru – hoping to visit Tunnel beach after seeing this pic yesterday
  • Onto Te Anau – Milford Sound trip
  • Across to Queenstown – to bungy or not to bungy?!
  • Onto Wanaka and its beautiful lake by the Crown Range route – the highest main road in NZ
  • Fox Glacier and Mount Cook – glacier walking and I’d love a helicopter ride here if the budget allows
  • Back to Christchurch
  • Fly to Wellington to try and find temporary homes and jobs!

I’ll try to share updates when I can, you can follow me @misslucy_p on Twitter and Instagram.

This is a well-traveled route and if you have any tips for us, please share!