Kaiteriteri-Picton

We had a great few days in Kaiteriteri. We decided to spend some time relaxing on the beach and reading, and then spent some time exploring Motueka. The rains came down and left huge puddles all through the campgrounds, but our tent stayed dry. It meant that we did some exploring of craft shops and…

West Coast

We drove from Fox Glacier to Westport, stopping for lunch at Hokitika. The west coast put on a stunning day weather wise for us – none of the famous rain in sight.  On Hokitika beach people had been really creative and made all kinds of driftwood sculptures – my favourite was the horse.  We went…

Fox and Franz Glaciers

We headed to Fox Glacier over the Haast Pass and did a couple of small walks on the way, including to the Blue Pools. When we got to Fox Glacier, we walked to the Glacier face and had a great clear view of the Glacier. We drove out to Gillespies Beach, and were lucky to…

Queenstown to Wanaka

One of the highlights of our time in Queenstown was taking the gondola up behind Queenstown in the late afternoon. The Remarkables were nearly clear, and while we were up there we went luging. Luging is incredible fun – a lot like sledding but on a concrete surface. Reuben managed to beat me down the…

Milford Sound and Queenstown

We drove to Te Anau via Gore so we could see friends, and then set up camp at the Totara campsite in the Eglinton Valley on the road to Milford Sound.  We had almost the whole camp to ourselves, and it was nice not having the whole 2 hour drive from Te Anau to Milford….

Dunedin

We had four nights staying with friends in Mosgiel, just outside of Dunedin.  I had lived in Dunedin when I was little, so I was keen to revisit some places as well as see some new things. As well as catching up with friends, some of our highlights were: Walking up Baldwin St, the steepest…

Tekapo-Mt Cook-Twizel

  We spent two days in Twizel, located south of Geraldine.  On the way we stopped in Tekapo, seeing the Church of the Good Shepherd and the famous dog statue. We based ourselves in Twizel, and on the day of our 2nd wedding anniversary went to Aoraki Mt Cook for the day and did a lovely…

Christchurch-Geraldine

Staying in Christchurch was an odd experience. Reuben and I had been to Christchurch for a weekend right before they experienced their first big quake in September 2010, and had done lots of touristy things then. It was very strange to no longer be able to go to the centre of town, to see the…

French Pass- Kaikoura

Leaving Picton, we took my father’s advice to explore some of the less well known parts of New Zealand and headed up around Queen Charlotte Sound, past Pelorus Bridge (a lovely river spot, and incidentally the spot where I lost my first tooth) and way up to the top of the South Island – French Pass. …

Picton

Picton is interesting for me (Karen) because my father lives there, so the things that we grew up doing there aren’t typical tourist attractions – more about sailing, swimming and relaxing. We took the Bluebridge ferry from Wellington to Picton on 24 January, and spent four nights staying at Dad’s place. Some of the highlights…

Before you go overseas, see your own country…

Before we leave in March, Reuben and I wanted to travel around the South Island of New Zealand. I lived in Dunedin for two years and have been to most of the South Island visiting family, friends and being a tourist, but Reuben had only ever been to a few places in the South Island….