We head to the incredibly beautiful Milford Sound for a morning cruise. While we were there we took a look around the area and even got to take a long hike on the Routeburn Track.
Arrive in Queenstown! Spend the day exploring the town and scheduling activities and then headed to the ice bar, Sub 0, in the evening.
Got the amazing opportunity to do the Shotover Canyon Swing, aka the highest cliff swing in the world. Beautiful canyon and an absolute adrenaline rush! Check out the link below to see the different kinds of jumping styles and have an opportunity to see what it’s all about! I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for something extreme to try!
I jumped solo both times I went and did backwards and gimp boy goes to Hollywood styles.
We also had the chance to eat at Fergburger while in Queenstown. Huge and delicious hamburgers with condiments unique to the Fergburger!
A cold and rainy morning is what we wake up to on the day we were hiking Fox Glacier. What was bound to be an amazing experience didn’t get off to a great start, but once we started hiking it all clicked that I actually had the opportunity to hike a glacier. It’s something incredibly unique and an event I am happy to look back on and know I did.
Today we were able to do some shopping in Hokitika, the jade capital of the world. We were able to pick out some amazing jewelry pieces for our family members and bought pieces from a man who makes his own jewelry. He picks out the jade rocks, polishes them, and then carves them into jewelry pieces and other pieces of artwork. He was even hired by the US Navy to make necklaces for our sailors! Amazing opportunity and unique pieces!
We then made a pit stop in Punakaiki to see the pancake rocks.
Finally we made it to our final stop of the day, just outside of Nelson. We stayed with an amazing family, Wendy and Blue, who gave us a taste of home when we were on the road for so long. We had a great time staying with them and we were incredibly lucky and thankful to have them open their home to us.
Today we got to kayak the Abel Tasman! Beautiful area and fun experience!
See the geological center of New Zealand, just outside of Nelson. Then, drive to Hanmer Springs to stay the night.
Spend some time walking around the quaint town of Hanmer Springs and then back on the road again to Christchurch to return our camper.
We were up early for our last day in the South Island, catching a flight from Christchurch to Auckland. Once we got back to the capital city, we spent the day walking around and taking in the country’s busiest and largest city, but don’t get confused, it’s nothing like New York City. After dropping off our luggage with Ashley, our kiwi friend who lives in Auckland, we all headed out to enjoy the city. After a long last day, we took our last bus back to Hamilton where we finally were able to be home! It was an absolutely incredibly journey and I was fortunate enough to spend those two weeks with a great group of people.