NZ Road Trip (well sort of)

I can’t help myself. If there is a trip to be planned, then I’m planning it!

The Trip?
A mini road trip around the South Island of New Zealand

When?
April 2016

Where?
Starting & finishing in Christchurch, I will be staying in Tekapo, Fox Glacier & Nelson

The Plan?

  • Fly into Christchurch, pick up rental car. Stay a couple nights with mum
  • Drive from Christchurch to Tekapo, popping in to see a couple of friends in Rakaia & Ashburton – they don’t know this yet (unless they’re reading this and in that case SURPRISE!)
  • Spend a couple of nights in Tekapo. I am hoping for clear nights & also to see the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights)
Lady Aurora 31 December 2015
Aurora Australis over Tekapo by Joel Gillespie (flickr)
  • Drive up Mount Cook Road .. no need to guess why!
Mount Cook National Park
The road to Aoraki/Mount Cook by Henrico Prins (flickr)
  • Spend two nights at Fox Glacier.
  • Go to Lake Matheson & hopefully get a view like this:
Aoraki Mirrored on Lake Matheson
Aoraki/Mount Cook reflected on Lake Matheson by Loic Lagarde (flickr)
  • Drive up to Nelson and stop briefly at St Arnaud because I want a photo like this of Lake Rotoiti:
Lake Rotoiti
Lake Rotoiti by Sid Mosdell (flickr)
  • Spend a few days in Nelson catching up with family and meeting my new great niece.
  • Drive back down to Christchurch via Queen Charlotte Drive & Kaikoura – last time I did that, the drive took over 9 hours so I might have to leave early or miss out on Queen Charlotte Drive (which is stunning!)
Marlborough Sound
Queen Charlotte Sound by me!
  • Stop in for pizza and a catch up with a friend in Rangiora
  • Spend the last few nights in Christchurch with mum.
  • Day trip over to Wainui (over the harbour fromย Akaroa) to catch up my brother & his family (maybe stay the night – depending on time)

I’m in NZ for 2 weeks and only plan on the road trip being about 7/8 days. It will be a lot of ground to cover and a lot of driving but hey, I’ve done it before, I’m sure I can do it again. Luckily New Zealand is a pretty stunning place so the whole idea is to go with the flow, take it easy and stop to smell the roses along the way.

Only 91 sleeps to go ๐Ÿ™‚


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