Trips and Itineraries for Punakaiki
New Zealand Adventure: Best of South Island
The Best 12 days Road trip Itinerary for Southland, New Zealand
Weekend Getaways from Punakaiki
215 Kms from Punakaiki
Christchurch - the largest city in South Island was my final destination. An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck Christchurch in 2011, causing severe damage to the entire city. Thus, most parts of this city are now under restoration and there is not much to explore here as of now. I spent the evening with my Stray friends, discussing the highlights of the trip and bidding final adieus over dinner and drinks.In a nutshell...With 150kms of walking and hiking over 2 weeks, temperatures ranging from -2 to +21 degrees Celsius, mesmerising landscapes draped in autumn colours, bungy jumping, sky-diving and hitchhiking for the very first time and loads of strangers who turned friends - solo backpacking in the land of fern-trees, mountains, kiwis and sheep was one hell of an adventure. I must admit that I am totally in love with this country and is truly the best country, of the 18 countries I have visited so far.
Punakaiki is a small relaxed town on the west coasts of South Island. Best known for its Pancake rocks, limestone rocks of flat surface and vertical blowholes from where the sea bursts up during high tides, creating a stunning view. Lined with affordable hotels and delightful restaurants this is a great stop on your way.