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Driving in New Zealand: South Island West Coast

Lake Matheson view

This post is about driving in New Zealand, on the South Island West Coast. We take State Highway 6 south from Punakaiki Pancake rocks and drive down to Lake Matheson and Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers. Our 370 km West Coast drive continues to Haast where we turn inland.  What is driving in New Zealand and on its South Island West Coast like, in an area ...

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New Zealand Campervan Trip: Christchurch to Greymouth

Visiting Arthur's Pass National Park

This blog post begins a series of posts on our campervan trip around New Zealand South Island. We bought flights to Christchurch, rented a campervan at the airport and set off from Christchurch to Greymouth and down the West Coast.  The scenic road from Christchurch to Greymouth takes you across the Southern Alps from the Pacific Coast in the east to the ...

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New Zealand: Short Walks in Mount Cook National Park

Tasman Glacier Walker

Aoraki Mount Cook is on the absolute top of New Zealand’s South Island. We took some short walks in Mount Cook National Park that has New Zealand’s largest glaciers and highest mountains. We had a great day out in this World Heritage site and saw snow-capped mountains, icebergs and glacier lakes, all under what is said to be the clearest skies of Southern Hemisphere.   Aoraki ...

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Queenstown Autumn Walk Photos

Queenstown beach view

In this post I will show you beautiful photos on a Queenstown autumn walk we made on our road trip in New Zealand. Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand is in a beautiful setting on the north shore of Lake Wakatipu and backed by the mountains.   Because of its great location in the middle of the island Queenstown is ...

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Queenstown to Mount Cook via the Cardrona Road

Lake Pukaki shore and snow-capped mountains

This blog post brings you to the South Island of New Zealand. We are touring the island with a campervan and in this post driving from Queenstown to Mount Cook (Aoraki Mt Cook). I will show you the spectacular Crown Range and Cardrona road Queenstown to Wanaka, after which we will see Lindis Pass, Lake Pukapi and finally Mount Cook.  The Otago region ...

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Queenstown Day Trips by Car

Queenstown Day Trips Arrowtown

This post shows you two Queenstown day trips by car: Arrowtown and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The first self drive trip from Queenstown follows the east shore of Lake Wakatipu to Kingston in the south and the second trip brings you to the postcard-pretty mining settlement of Arrowtown 20 km north.  You can make these both as separate day trips or ...

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