Our south island trip started with us arriving in Picton (Marlborough Sounds) by boat and travelling down to Christchurch via Kaikoura for some Whale Watching. Phil had his heart set on seeing a whale and this was going to be our best chance. I booked before we even left the country, but the day we got there, there was just too much wind and the boats weren’t going out. So we saw the second best thing… seals! And baby seals at that too! Everybody now ‘awwwww’.
On to a mandatory family visit in Christchurch, where we got a tour around the earthquake destroyed city centre and I was amazed by the regrowth of life and town spirit. Now for the piece de resistance…. Queenstown. Oh boy I was excited and it proved its worth as we flew in. Just look at this view. Look at it:
This really is a must do in New Zealand.
I must say that in the two weeks we were in New Zealand, we only got one day of rain. This was in the middle of winter guys. We have the best luck.
With only a few days left in NZ, we drove up to Wanaka (via Arrowtown) to see that famous tree (seriously, this tree has more followers than a Kardashian) and we also got to wake up really early to climb Roys Peak.
We returned to Queenstown the following day and ate lots of Fergburger before heading straight back to Melbourne where it seriously felt like it had all been a dream.
Stayed: With my amazing cousin in Christchurch, Pinewood Lodge in Queenstown, Base Backpackers in Wanaka.
Ate: In Christchurch – Drexel’s (best breakfasts ever), In Queenstown – Botswana Butchery and Fergburger (duh!)
Coffeed: Halo Café in Queenstown was by far the best coffee I had in the South Island.
Adventured: The cancelled Whale Watching was through whalewatch.co.nz and flying to Milford Sound was through glenorchyair.co.nz