We spent close to a month exploring New Zealand. We started our trip in the South Island and worked our way over to the North Island, both beautiful in their own ways.
Our first stop was Christchurch, a city that is still recovering and feeling the devastating effects of the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.
We continued our drive South down to The Catlins which is an area that literally has a sight to see every 15km’s or so. There is so much beauty within a very small parameter.
After a few days of some stunning roadside exploration, we arrived in the adventure capital of the world…Queenstown, New Zealand.
Next stop: Wanaka! A quiet town with the choice to still be adventurous and sky dive or simply relax in the beauty of the scenery. We chose to relax and recharge.
We made our way to Franz Josef and enjoyed a helicopter ride over the glaciers which was definitely spectacular. Then to Punakaiki to see the famous Pancake Rocks and blow hole. Thankfully we accurately timed our visit to be during high tide and were able to experience the blow hole in action!
While driving around the South Island, there were so many magical moments. From hiking to a beach (which led through a farm) where we watched the sunset, to seeing waterfalls, rainbows and the most peaceful lakes so we could stop to enjoy the silent sounds of nature.
We said our goodbyes to the South Island and drove our car onto the Interislander Ferry to head North, departing in Picton and arriving in Wellington. Cycling through the Redwood Forest, toobing underground in the Waitomo Caves and visiting the Taupo Hot Springs were our favourites of the North Island.