New Zealand: Part 2

Day three started with us hitting the road early to travel to Milford Sound. Getting to Milford you need to drive through Fiordland national park, it was an amazing drive. We stopped at so many places along the way to take pictures. Here are pictures from Fiordland

Our main goal of the day was to take a boat ride around Milford Sound. We had beautiful sunny weather, but it was a bit chilly on the Sound! I’ll let our pictures speak for themselves!

Fiordland Drive to Milford

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Kea BirdIMG_6868

This One Wanted InIMG_6873

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On the way back out from Milford we stopped and hiked around at the Chasm and stopped at other lookout points.

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After Milford we had a long journey to get back to Queenstown for the night. We stayed at the Queenstown Top 10 Holiday Park. It was a great location because after we parked for the night we were than a close walk to the hustle and bustle of town. The only down fall was that the park was completely packed! IMG_7148 IMG_7150

In Queenstown we had an awesome dinner on the water at a restaurant called Public. Yummy food and drinks with a view!IMG_7115 IMG_7124 IMG_7135 IMG_7137

Queenstown was a cute city. No matter the season you would have lots to do. Skiing in the winter would be fun and all of the outdoor adventure sports in the warmer months. The town center has tons of places to eat, drink and shop. I wish we had more time to explore and I wish we would have planned more time here.

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The next day we were headed north to the West Coast of the South Island. We had stops along the way at some cute old mining towns of Arrow Town and Wanekea. We shopped in some cute stores, but unfortunately the weather was a little rainy so we didn’t stay outside too much.

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Our next stop of the after noon was at…

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The water under these bridges were suppose to be a cool blue color, but because of the rain that day they were not. Bummer, but the bridges we hiked over were pretty cool!

Our last stop of the day was along Wilson’s Creek. This was an old bridle track spanning the Chasm. Off the road and a walk back there was a large waterfall. Taylor made his way halfway back, but because of all the rain there was a lot of water and not worth the risk.

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Our day concluded staying at Hasst Pass, There was not much to this town other than the RV park we stayed at. In total, we drove 132 km on day three and 392  km on day four.

Up next week, the West Coast of the South Island!

New Zealand: Part 1

On Tuesday(Jan. 21st), Taylor and I took off on a red-eye flight to Christchurch, New Zealand to start our outdoor adventure of the South Island. In total it it took about 13 hours of flight time to fly from Singapore to Christchurch, we had a layover in Melbourne.

We arrived in New Zealand late Wednesday and checked into the Airport Palms Hotel for a nights stay. That evening we worked out at Crossfit Christchurch(after traveling a bunch it felt great to get moving!) and picked up some tasty burgers from a place called Burgers and Beer. A very appropriate name! The burgers were huge!

On Thursday the REAL adventure began. We picked up our campervan from Wildnerss Motorhomes and started our driving adventure of the South Island.

Pictures of the Camper

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Our first stop was for groceries and boy oh boy did we hit the grocery store jack pot. I was in heaven it was the equilvalant, ig not better than Whole Foods back home. It was called Raeward Fresh. If you are in New Zealand and happen upon one of these, you must stop. The one in Christchurch as a lovely cafe attached.

Our next adventure stop was at the Rakaia Gorge. We went on a short hike along the river. The color of the water was amazingly blue. There was a super old one lane bridge that we had to cross over the river to continue our adventure. We would encounter many bridges like this throughout the South Island.

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Then we headed to Lake Tekapo where we drove up to the Mount John University Observatory for a great view. It would have been really cool to star gaze at night from this point, but it was not open for that and we could not stay the night and need to keep driving for the day.

Lake Tekapo

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Our first night we stayed in Omarama, New Zealand at a holiday campervan park. Camping in NZ is not like the US. We had to stay  in these RV parks, you couldn’t have fires, and it was just a little different. In total we only drove about 350 km this day.

Day two in the campervan(Friday) we started our day heading to the clay cliffs. They were this cool area of land that we hiked around. The area was created through millions of years of errosion of the silt and gravel.

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Then we headed to some wineries(of course!)  We visited the Otago region which is between Queenstown and Christchurch. The wineries we visited were Bald Hills, Carrick Winery, Mt Difficulty, and Gibbston Estate. We ate lunch at Carrick and they had wonderful food and were situated right at the edge of the lake so there was a great view!

Beautiful Vineyards

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And finished the day with a long drive to Te Anau were we spent the night. All together we drove about 329 km on day 2.

Up next week, Fiordland National  park , Milford Sound, Queenstown and more!

We’re still here!!!

Sorry I haven’t gotten any posts up about our New Zealand trip yet. We’re having some technology issues that will hopefully will get resolved this weekend. We’ve taken way too many pictures and have run out of storage space! I’m going to guess we took over 3,000 pictures on our last trip and need to safely download and store them before I can report back to you!

Check back this weekend and hopefully my tech guru(aka Taylor) will have me back up and running!

🙂