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!

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