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New Zealand South Island Road Trip in 11 Days

Crown Range Summit road

We made a New Zealand South Island road trip in 11 days and saw the best of this beautiful region. This post shows our South Island itinerary and the amazing landscape we were traveling in.  New Zealand South Island is a nature destination. The whole New Zealand is pure nature and very rural. You will notice you’re almost alone on the road ...

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New Zealand Drive: Mount Cook to Christchurch

Lake Tekapo and clouds

This shows you the drive from Mount Cook to Christchurch across New Zealand South Island. Highlights of the Mount Cook to Christchurch itinerary are the two glacier lakes Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, the snow-capped mountain chains and the turquoise Rakaia Gorge. This is the last (number 9) of my New Zealand South Island posts that all together make a South Island road trip: from ...

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New Zealand Drive: West Coast to Queenstown

Blue Pools clear water

On our New Zealand campervan trip we are now traveling from the South Island West Coast to Queenstown. We are driving in the majestic Southern Alps and passing by the beautiful blue Southern Lakes. From West Coast we first follow the Haast River gorge to Mount Aspiring National Park where we walk to the crystal clear Blue Pools. From the mountains we descend to ...

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New Zealand: Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers

Franz Joseph Glacier walkers

Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers on the West Coast of  South Island are the two biggest of the 140 New Zealand glaciers – and the ones that are most easily accessible. Normally you can only get to glaciers on guided tours and scenic helicopter rides, but Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are different. Since the lower end of these two glaciers lies in ...

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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 Josef 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 in Campervan: Christchurch to Greymouth

Visiting Arthur's Pass National Park

This post on the scenic route Christchurch to Greymouth 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 Alpine road from Christchurch to Greymouth takes you across the Southern Alps, from the Pacific ...

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Melbourne to Sydney Drive along Coast

Campervan, Melbourne to Sydney coastal route

This post shows you our Melbourne to Sydney drive along the coast. To get from Melbourne to Sydney we rented a campervan and then spent more than a week on this scenic coastal route.  We followed the Pacific coast from Melbourne to Sydney, first south to Phillips Island and Wilsons Promontory and then north towards Sydney. And this coastal drive became such ...

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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 great 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. My ...

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Beautiful New Zealand: Queenstown Walk in Photos

Queenstown beach view

This post will show you a Queenstown walk in photos. Queenstown, New Zealand has a stunning location on the north shore of Lake Wakatipu, backed by the mountains. We took a short walk along the Queenstown shore on a clear autumn day and you can’t believe how beautiful day it was – look at the photos! New Zealand air is ...

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Queenstown to Mount Cook via the Cardrona Road

Lake Pukaki shore and snow-capped mountains

This post takes you to the South Island of New Zealand. We are touring the island with a campervan and now driving from Queenstown to Mount Cook. We are taking the spectacular Crown Range (Cardrona) road from Queenstown to Wanaka, after which we will see Lindis Pass and the stunning Lake Pukapi before reaching Mount Cook.  Lake Pukapi and Mount Cook, ...

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