Epic Road Trip in New Zealand

Tripoto
2nd Mar 2017

New Zealand is a dream. No words, pictures or videos can do justice to this paradise on Earth.

Photo of Epic Road Trip in New Zealand 1/2 by Travel Keeday | Sakshi & Deejay
New Zealand [@travelkeede]

It's so pretty that you can't help stopping every now and then to admire the panoramas. It just makes sense to self-drive so that you have the flexibility to stop and stare whenever you want.

We hit the road in NZ, South Island in March 2017, so it's only fair that we share our road trip so you can follow and plan your own :D

Photo of Epic Road Trip in New Zealand 2/2 by Travel Keeday | Sakshi & Deejay
New Zealand [@travelkeede]
Day 1

The journey starts at Singapore Changi airport. We took a Qantas flight to Christchurch via Brisbane

Day 2

We arrive and get picked up by the car rental called Go Rentals to their center where we complete paperwork and get the car. We had booked a Toyota Corolla Compact for 10 days with excess insurance for 600 NZ$. That day in Christchurch, we don't do much. We visit the city center, stroll around, eat at the Re:Start Mall and cozy up in the motel we were staying in

Day 3

The next morning, we breakfast at a weekend farmer's market in a Christchurch neighbourhood and soon after hit the road towards Franz Josef Glacier. This is a tiny village where the main activity is hiking around, doing a heli hike to the glacier or enjoying the hot pools. Our first experience of staying in a hostel was very enjoyable esp. the communal cooking and eating

Day 5

Next we drive towards Te Anau and check in at another hostel

Day 6

That day we do a day trip to the incredible Milford Sound. The weather gods turned the day bright and sunny and the cruise was simply mind boggling with deep blue waters, waterfalls, rainbows, birds and sea lions

Milford Sound, New Zealand [@travelkeede]

Photo of Milford Sound, Southland, New Zealand by Travel Keeday | Sakshi & Deejay
Day 7

That morning in Te Anau, we stroll by the lake, eat samosas from an Indian restaurant and start out again towards Queenstown. We arrive late evening, arrive at our Airbnb in a lovely residential area and unwind in the very cozy space

Queesntown and around has a multitude of things to see, do and eat. It is here that we indulged in some adventure sports - a gut wrenching Bungy jump at AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge and a very enjoyable Shotover jet boat ride

Bungy Jump, New Zealand [@travelkeede]

Photo of Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand by Travel Keeday | Sakshi & Deejay
Day 10

Onto our next destination, we stopped on the way at Gibbston Valley for a short and sweet wine tour and enjoyed a bread, cheese and fruits platter amongst the vineyards. Further on we took a detour to visit Mt. Cook National Park. A treat to the eyes as the snow covered mountains come into view and crystal blue Lake Pukaki. A Tasman Glacier climb takes you to the top of a hill which unveils a view of the Tasman Glacier and the glacial lake below. From there on we arrive at Tekapo, our stop for the day. Hello star gazing!

Day 11

A half-day in Tekapo later, we arrive back to base at Christchurch. With heavy hearts we park our Corolla at the airport the next morning and fly to Singapore.

The road trip was just incredible. NZ is so beautiful, it feels unreal!

Read more details about the trip on our blog to plan yours better, see below:

Road Trip Itinerary - New Zealand, South Island

New Zealand Adventure Sports

How to manage food in NZ (for vegetarians)

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