1. Remarkables lookout in Queenstown, 2. Milford Sound, 3. Cromwell, 4. On the way to Mount Cook
12 Days in the South Island of New Zealand
I visited the South Island of New Zealand and began my journey in Christchurch. We spent 1.5 days here, mostly walking around and seeing what Christchurch had to offer. When we arrived an earthquake had hit a few days ago and it was very rainy, so this wasn’t the greatest start to our holiday.
5. Lake Tekapo, 6. Tasman Glacier, 7. Lake Tekapo
From Christchurch we rented a car (which I definitely recommend in order to get around New Zealand, unless you are doing an organised tour). We stopped at Lake Tekapo along the way to our next destination, and were treated to beautiful weather. The water was glistening a perfect pale blue with mountains looming in the background, making for a picture perfect photograph.
8. Horses on the way to Mount Cook, 9. On the way the Mount Cook, 10. Cromwell
We arrived at our destination, Mount Cook, in the afternoon. We completed a long walk through the mountain and across an extension bridge. We stayed here, which was a rustic, wooden lodge. Make sure you go outside at night and look up at the thousands of beautiful stars in the open skies, something you don’t see very often if you’re from a big city like I am.
11. Cromwell, 12. Mount Cook, 13. Tasman Glaciers
The next morning, we went out on the Tasman Glaciers. Check out this site to book and organise your own glacier experience. I highly recommend doing this, as the glaciers are melting very rapidly and soon they may not even exist… Which is a very upsetting thought.
14. Queenstown, 15. Roaring Meg Lookout, 16. On the road to Queenstown
After Mount Cook, we drove to Queenstown. If you just drive straight there, you’re looking at around a 3 hour drive. We stopped off at Cromwell to have lunch and see the Roaring Meg Lookout, to break up the trip. The drive to Queenstown was magical, the water and mountains make an unreal looking photo. You have to pinch yourself to make sure that what you are looking at is real.
17. Roaring Meg Lookout, 18. On the way to Queenstown, 19. Milford Sound, 20. Seals at Milford Sound
We spent the afternoon walking around Queenstown. Check out this ice bar for a trendy place to grab a beverage and cool down if you’re visiting in the summer! Make sure you go up the gondola to get to the Remarkables lookout onto Queenstown. An absolute must in Queenstown is eating at the famous Ferg Burger at least once. You will not be disappointed; the burgers are the size of your head!
21. On the way to Queenstown, 22. Glenorchy, 23. Glenorchy, 24. Milford Sound, 25. On the way to Queenstown
The next day we went out to Milford Sound to see the New Zealand fjords. We were so lucky and got absolutely perfect weather! There are a few different tours that run cruises out on the fjords, so take a peruse around the net and see which one suits you best!
26. Seals at Milford Sound, 27. Milford Sound, 28. Glenorchy, 29. Milford Sound
After our adventures in Queenstown, we drove across to Dunedin. Here we walked up Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest residential street according to the Guinness World Records. We checked out Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin Botanic Garden and Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Also visit Velvet Burger if you are a burger lover!
30. Milford Sound, 31. Te Anu (where we stayed in Dunedin), 32. Milford Sound, 33. Te Anu
Some tips for your trip:
No matter what time of year you visit the South Island, rain is a strong possibility and even in the summer time it can get quite cool. I visited the South Island in summer, and when we got to Dunedin people had their heaters on!
I would suggest to bring an array of summer and winter clothes, and definitely don’t forget a raincoat and sunglasses.