The bestie does NZ!

Bit of a “one out, one in” situation over Christmas this year! I fare welled the parents on 30th Dec and then greeted my very good friend on 31st Dec. Miss M made a stirling effort to stay awake for a new years eve concert  after flying from New York to London to NZ all in the space of 2 weeks! A couple of days recovering from new year celebrations before we hit the road.

Four nights, 1200km, one earthquake, hot springs, mountains, lakes, hikes, zip wiring, luge, gondola, glaciers, sunshine and wine. Yep, that’s a Kiwi road trip right there! The route we took was a pretty standard trip with all of the usual Kiwi delights. The roads are quite hairy (fun!) in some areas – hairpin bends, slow corners, sheer drops right next to you. It went something like this: Lake Tekapo – Cromwell/Queenstown – Fox Glacier, West Coast – Arthur’s Pass – home! We stayed mostly in cabins within campsites. A mixture of Top 10’s (www.top10.co.nz) and other local campsites. Good value for money and plenty of choice. You can either opt for a tent (about $20), private cabin with shared kitchen and bathroom (around $70) or hire a self contained unit (about $100).

Here are the pictures…

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo

 

Sluicings walk in Bannockburn - highly recommended

Sluicing walk in Bannockburn – highly recommended

Sluicings walk

Sluicings walk

The old blacksmiths house

The old blacksmiths house

Lupins (purple flowers) were out in full force all around the south island

Lupins (purple flowers) were out in full force all around the south island

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Sluicings walk

Sluicings walk

Road trip not complete without a visit to Queenstown for extreme activities!

Road trip not complete without a visit to Queenstown for extreme activities!

Zip wired with a not too shabby backdrop!

Zip wired with a not too shabby backdrop!

Queenstown gondola

Queenstown gondola

Queenstown luge - great fun!

Queenstown luge – great fun!

Sunset over Cromwell

Sunset over Cromwell

Blue Pools, West Coast

Blue Pools, West Coast

Bush walk

Bush walk

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Blue Pools, West Coast

Blue Pools, West Coast

Arthur's Pass

Arthur’s Pass

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