Rod & Debi drive New Zealand's Te Wai Pounamu (South Island)

a trip by Rod Muller
From: September 9th 2013
Until: October 1st 2013

Think jaw-dropping scenery, exhilarating adventures, indulgent relaxation, the best local cuisine, and a thousand hidden spots to discover.

There are few places in the world with a plethora of stunning scenery all in once destination, and New Zealand's South Island is one of them. Home to the snow-capped heights of the Southern Alps, sun-drenched coasts and the beautiful landscapes famous from The Lord of the Rings films, this island is "sweet-as" (a visual delight).

This comprehensive self-drive tour carves a figure 8 through Mackenzie Country to Otago and Dunedin. A detailed exploration of Fiordland National Park with an overnight stay on-board the Fiordland Navigator at Doubtful Sound before heading north to Queenstown.

We then follow the Southern Alps through Lake Tekapo and Hanmer Springs before heading to the east coast and Kaikoura. We will visit the Marlborough wine region and the golden sands of Abel Tasman National Park before turning south along the wild-west coast.

To complete the journey we return to Christchurch on board the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.
Trip Length: 3 weeks
Blog Entries: 16
Photos: 144
Words: 11073

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
September 9th 2013 Depart Brisbane Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane
September 10th 2013 Christchurch to Akaroa Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch
September 11th 2013 Akaroa to Oamaru Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Akaroa
September 12th 2013 Oamaru to Dunedin Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Oamaru
September 14th 2013 Dunedin to Te Anau Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin
September 15th 2013 Te Anau to Milford Sound Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau
September 16th 2013 Te Anau to Doubtful Sound Oceania » New Zealand
September 17th 2013 Doubtful Sound/ Manapouri to Queenstown Oceania » New Zealand
September 19th 2013 Queenstown to Wanaka and Lake Tekapo Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown
September 22nd 2013 Lake Tekapo to Hanmer Springs Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo
September 23rd 2013 Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Hanmer Springs
September 26th 2013 Kaikoura to Blenheim Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura
September 27th 2013 Blenheim to Westport and Greymouth Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Marlborough » Blenheim
September 28th 2013 Greymouth to Christchurch Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Greymouth
September 30th 2013 Christchurch and surrounds Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch
October 1st 2013 Homeward bound and some reflections on the journey Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane
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