places to visit in new zealand

I know I’m a terribly unreliable blogger…

It has been a while but I’m back. The reason why I had a bit of a break was my holiday in New Zealand. My in-laws and I, minus my 2nd half (I know!) travelled around the South Island. I finished my adventure in Wellington while they went to explore the North Island as well. What an amazing place! The nature and the views are breathtaking, the food is to die for and people are über friendly (at least on the surface).

I spent 7 days in NZ so it was super fast and exciting. Every day was an adventure.

We landed in Christchurch, jumped into a rented car to go to Lake Tekapo. It’s this stunning blue colour with a cute old church on its banks. We spent a night then headed to Te Anau. On the way we stopped in Queenstown, absolutely amazing town. Great views once you get to the top of the cable car, plenty of sports to do and quaint lake full of people sunbathing in board shorts and bikinis ( I was wearing a hoodie…). We arrived in Te Anau in the afternoon and went to Milford Sound the next day. It should be a no 1 on everyone’s list of places to see in NZ. We had a 3 hour cruise with Southern Discoveries and loved it. We had a BBQ lunch and a knowledgable yet funny tour guide. I was  well worth it! The next day was our longest drive day since we had to get to Fox Glacier. We stopped at Lake Wanaka and had our lunch by the water then continued our journey. We decided to go to the glacier the same day since the weather forecast was not very promising for the following one. It was a bit scary as it was getting darker but worth it. Stunning views, pre-dinner exercise and we witnessed a bit of ice breaking off the glacier (sounded like an approaching avalanche…). It was raining indeed the next day so we went to Lake Matheson. It wasn’t mirror like because of the weather yet still pleasant experience to be in the rainforest while it rained. We headed to the Pancake Rocks had a wander and continued our journey to Nelson. We went to the beach in the morning, endless space, perfect views unobstructed by people. It was hight time to jump on the ferry going from Picton to Wellington. Luckily it was a nice day so the journey was fairly peaceful (bit windy on the top deck). We arrived in Wellies and wandered around the NZ capital’s centre in the evening. The next day we visited Te Papa Museum. Most of the exhibitions are free and you can probably spend days exploring six floors of the building.

In between the places we saw a number of lakes, rivers and some cute villages and towns. I absolutely love nature but I was glad to be going home. Next time is the North Island or maybe the South for a snowboarding trip? Will see but highly recommend it!

Lake Tekapo

On the way to Queenstown


Queenstown Beach

Te Anau

Te Anau at dawn

On the way to Milford Sound

First glimpse of Milford Sound

Milford Sound

On the way to Lake Wanaka

Walk to Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier in its full glory

Beach in Hokitika

Hokitika cnd

Pancake Rocks

On the way to Nelson (same day as Pancake Rocks – 1-2hrs later…)

Nelson at night

Nelson Beach

Nelson cnd

Ferry Picton -> Wellington


Wellington cnd