Finally I have time to post the second part of the pictures of our New Zealand roadtrip in December. Travelling can be quite busy 😀 And the weather here in Australia is just so perfect at the moment that you rather spend the time outside. However, a few words about the South Island now.
First of all, it was great! When people ask me if I can say which of the both islands I liked more, I hardly find an answer. Both are beatiful in their own way.
Here is a short list of the places we have been to ( If you only want to see the pictures, scroll down! :D)
- Te Waikoropupu Springs: we did a short walk there to see the clearest spring water in the world. Definitely worth a visist!
- Takaka: This is a small Hippie town where we went to some shops and ate Fish&Chips.
- Wharariki beach: Wharariki beach is a lovely beach in the north of the South Island. We saw a mother seal running after her child. The child tried to hide behind small rocks and the mum was confused haha. Was very funny to observe. I have a video for those who want to see it 😀
- Franz Josef & Fox Glacier: you could do a short walk (30-40 mins) to each of the glacier. The walks very quite similar. On our way, we saw the sign of “Lake Matheson” and I remebered this is a mirror lake. Unfortunately, the water was not calm enough to get the perfect “mirror”.
- Lake Pukaki & Lake Tekapo: Both lakes are stunning with turquoise water and a beautiful landscape with loads of lupins.
- Wanaka: this is where we spent Christmas. On the 25th we did the Roys Peak hike, where we had an amazing view on top. Afterwards, we bought some yummy icecream. I think I never bought icecream on Christmas before haha. We had about 25 degrees and sun these days. The hostel there was one of my favourites. It was quite small and therefore we got to know almost everyone in this hostel. We listened to Christmas songs of the different nationalities and tried to sing, even if we did not know the language. Youtube videos with lyrics make everything possible
- Queenstown: This is the town known for activities like Skydive, Bungee jumping etc. Every backpacker says you definitely have to go to Ferg Burger and eat a burger there. We have been hungry and had to wait until the check in of the hostel, so the first thing we did in Queentstown was having a Ferg Burger. But this was not as easy as it sounds. As Ferg Burger is very hyped and everyone wants to have it, there is always such a long queue. In the end, we waited an hour to get our burger. But it was definitely worth it. And it didn`t even seem so long since the sun was shining and the people around in a good mood. If you have already asked yourself why we are wearing the ugly helmets on one picture – here is the answer: We did the skyline luge. You can take the gondola to get up the mountain and on top you drive with a small cart (picture of the ways below). At first, we thought this is more about the nice view you have of Queenstown and the surrounding landscape. But it the end it was faster than we expected and really fun.
- Milford Sound: we booked a 3 hour boat cruise there to explore the landscape. We saw dolphins swimming next to the boat and seals relaxing on rocks. In the end, the boat drove near a waterfall and the captain said we could get a bit wet. It was so near that it almost felt like a shower – but there was obviously no way to run away (except to jump out of the boat). We all were soaked and laughed at our wet faces.
- Clifden Limestone Caves: We spontanousely decided to go to cave and have an adventure. As soon as you walk some metres inside, it was pitch-dark. So each of us had at least one flashlight and we stayed near to each other. You really had to look where you are walking to prevent hurting your head. Sometimes you had to make your way through the stones and crawl, since it was to low to walk normally. When we turned our lights off, we could even see some glowworms.
- Dunedin: This is where we spent New Years. The city was bigger than we expected and had very steep streets. We even drove up the steepest street of the world,, which was quite funny. It is almost like a tourist attraction, where everyone wants to try driving up. Besides, there are a lot of vintage/second hand shops in the city and some cafés looked like they were in the 70s. You can also do a streetart tour there, where you have a map that shows you where to find the certain spots.
- Christchurch: This was the last stop of our New Zealand trip. Since this city was partly destroyed by an earthquake a few years ago, there was still a lot of construction going on. In the city centre, there is now a container mall (shops in colourful containers) in order to have a new city centre.
I hope you enjoyed reading it:) Here are the pictures of our amazing trip: