Reflecting on the five months we spent tiki-touring NZ's South Island in a campervan, we share our top ten favourite places.
NZ South Island
May 2021 – The End Of Our South Island Adventures
Although it's almost a year since our final days in the South Island, we're keen to finish sharing our memorable adventures in words & images.
Joining The Dots In Arthurs Pass
Having travelled eastwards from the west coast to Arthur's Pass Village in February, we subsequently journeyed westwards with friends in May.
Re-Visiting Christchurch and Banks Peninsula
From the 7th to 21st May, we hung around Christchurch with Jamie and visited a number of nearby attractions.
Sights And Delights From Lake Wakitipu to Christchurch
At the end of April we headed to Lake Tekapo, expecting to be blown away by its beauty. Did it live up to our expectations?
Mount Cook Village, Tasman Glacier And Back To Lake Pukaki
After our incredible experience on the Hooker Valley Walk, we explored Mount Cook Village and the Tasman Glacier. How would they compare?
Magnificent Mount Cook
Out of all the adventures and experiences we had in our five months on the South Island, Mount Cook won the Gold Medal. You'll soon see why ...
Dams Lakes and Cliffs Waiting For A Mount Cook Weather Window
Waiting for a clear weather window to visit Mount Cook in April, we visited the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme, Lake Ohau, and the Clay Cliffs.
Visiting A Vanished World
Our itinerary often alters due to fascinating things we find along the way. Oamaru, Duntroon & The Vanished World were well worth seeing.
In Awe Of Yellow Eyed Penguins And Moeraki Boulders
Sharing photographs, videos and stories of our precious time in April 2021 with yellow-eyed penguins and the marvellous Moeraki boulders.
A Superb Few Days Around St Bathans
After leaving Dunedin, we travelled slowly west and north to visit St Bathans. There were was so much to see it took our breath away.
Adorable Dunedin Buildings People Albatrosses and Penguins
We're not all that comfortable in big cities, but Dunedin managed to impress us regardless. Mostly the outstanding Otago Peninsula.
Entranced By The Catlins Heritage Trail
Having planned only two blogs about our adventures in the Catlins, we realised there's so much amazingness three are needed to do it justice.
Continuing Our Catlins Adventures
The second of three posts sharing our April 2021 experiences in the stunning Catlins in the SE corner of NZ's South Island.
Fun With Friends and Wildlife In The Catlins
We managed to time our adventures to coincide with Rod and Tracy's Catlins long weekend over Easter. Our first three days were unforgettable.
Following The Gold To Gabriel’s Gulley
At the end of March we travelled to Gabriel's Gulley where the first NZ Gold Rush began. There were amazing sights on the way & while there.
Autumn Colours Blaze In Kingston Queenstown And Arrowtown
Wanting to experience the autumn colours in Arrowtown, we headed back north and took in Kingston and Queenstown too. All in one day!
Travelling the Te Anau to Milford Highway
After our overnight cruise to Doubtful Sound, we did the Te Anau to Milford Road for a trip on Milford Sound. There's so much to tell you!
Feeling Tearful At Doubtful Sound
An overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound wasn't on our itinerary until we met two strangers. The outstanding beauty reduced me to tears.
From Tui Base Camp to Te Anau Glowworm Caves and Wildlife
Tui Base Camp deserves a special mention. We loved staying there. Lake Murchison, Te Anau, the glowworm caves and birds were spectacular.