I’ve been spending my two final weeks down under road tripping through the South Island of New Zealand. It’s an absolutely beautiful place. Our two week schedule is pretty tight, but we’re doing our best to see the highlights. Here’s a day-to-day break down of our adventure:
We arrived late to Christchurch, New Zealand and had to “break into” our first night’s accommodations. We stayed at the old Christchurch penitentiary, which was definitely the most character-filled backpacker that I’ve stayed at to date. As a future criminal lawyer, I feel it’s important to really get to know the accommodations of your clients, so I feel this vacation experience should also be classified as a work endeavour 😉
After taking a few pictures of our jail house accommodations, we picked up our rental car and began our six hour drive to Queenstown, NZ. We made a few pit stops along the way. The most notable was at Lake Tekapo. It’s a very scenic blue lake surrounded by mountains. We had lunch here and snapped a few pictures. After a solid eight hours of driving and stopping, we finally arrived in Queenstown and briefly checked out the sights before heading to bed.
Our second day in Queenstown was spent touring the city. It’s got a great ski-town feel to it. My B.C. travel buddie, Christina, claims it’s very akin to Whistler. We did some souvenir shopping and indulged in some delicious Ferge Burgers, which are an extremely famous Queenstown dish!
Queenstown is also famous for being the ex-treme capital of New Zealand. On this date, my sister, Kelly, and I, decided take on Queenstown’s most famous attraction, the Nevis Bungy. It’s a mere 440 foot bungy. On the way up the extremely steep mountain to the bungy, Kelly and I both seriously questioned our sanity. Fortunately, we able to put all rationale thought aside and both plunged to our near-deaths. The bungy was the most incredible rush I’ve experienced in my life. It was my highlight of my NZ trip so far.
On this date, we decided to do something a touch more low-key. We travelled four hours around one of the Queenstown Mountains and did a boat tour on the other side in Milford Sound. This area is famous for its beautiful mountain peaks and marine life (seals and dolphins). It was an extremely scenic tour and was pretty enjoyable, despite the looooong drive to and from.
That evening, we had a quick nap then headed out for pub crawl through Queenstown. We were really excited for the pub crawl, because it included cheap entry into the local Ice Bar. It was really “cool”, and fortunately, they provided us with winter clothes so we didn’t freeze to death during our stop there. After that stop we were taken to a pub with a natural burning fireplace located in the middle. I was pretty happy to thaw out there!
I spent my final day in Queenstown atop a mountain with my mate Amy. We took in the sights while also lugeing down the mountain. Amy and I had a great time racing and smashing into each other as we travelled down the hill.
After our six luges, we headed to a winery for a quick tasting and tour. After this stop we travelled out of Queenstown to the tiny town of Twizel, with really nothing more than our motel stop for the night.
This day included an extremely long road trip from Twizel to the town of Franz Joseph. Here we toured the four streets found in Franz Joseph, then made a delicious dinner and planned our final days.
We conquer some ice & surf.