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DAY 2: EXPLORING CHRISTCHURCH and TRAVEL VIA LAKE TEKAPO AND PUKAKI TO MT COOKToday we got breakfast at one of the many lovely cafes and explored the city for about a couple of hours before we hit the road to AORAKI VILLAGE at the foothills of Mt. COOK via RAKAI GEORGE through SOUTH CANTERBURY to GERADLINE then into MACKENZIE COUNTRY.If you are not aware, Christchurch has multiple times been affected by severe earthquakes and there are ruins of the damage around the city with saddening yet beautiful memorial for people and children who did not survive the disaster.If you are there around November to December like me, you will be able to enjoy the coulors of the beautiful lupines around scenic lake Tekapo.To know more about how and where to find Lupines visit my website: www.bohemianontherun.com
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DAY 12: DEPART FROM CHRIST CHURCH Explore more of the city if you got the time before leaving for the airport with beaming memories of this amazing trip.
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6. Tablet / small size laptop : Each day in new zealand will give you the chance to click million of pics. Suggest you to carry tablet or laptop with good memory storage to transfer your pictures data every day.
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In New Zealand every town has something to offer from adrenaline rush to laid back resort life, breath-taking vistas to tranquil lakes and breathing the pure mountain air to swimming in crystal clear rivers. And, if you have them all in one place then you have found WANAKA. Wanaka is a small town in Southland New Zealand and is an all year around tourist destination situated on the shores of the massive Lake Wanaka. With resorts overlooking scenic spectacles of lakes, mountains and rivers to quaint cafes, cozy pubs, delicious wineries and numerous restaurants serving cuisine to cater to your preferences makes Wanaka a perfect place to spend a few days on your road trip around Southland New Zealand. A great place to relax and appreciate the beautiful scenery Lake Wanaka has to offer or outdoor activities; get on to exploring the lake on a canoe and hike the mountains for a bird’s eye view of the lake and town.Wanaka is 50 minutes to an hours’ drive from Queenstown. There are high chances that it will take you longer due to the multiple scenic stops on the way and you wont be able to help your self but to stop and pick that camera up. You can check out our New Zealand Road trip itinerary for reference, HERE. If I am made to choose that one town in New Zealand I would love to come back to again, it has will always be Wanaka to experience glam-ping by its stunning lake.
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We took an Intercity Bus to Greymouth to catch one of the best train rides in the world. The bus will pick you up from your accomodation and takes a little over 3 hours to get to Greymouth, well in time for the train. You get a short break in the gorgeous seaside village of Hokitika for breakfast. Make the most of it, because you'll spend most your 4 hour train ride with your jaw dropping to the floor. The TranzAlpine to Christchurch is an absolutely stunning train ride that's worth every penny. You'll cross rivers, mountains, fields and more. There's even a 'viewing carriage' purely for photography. I spent 80% of my time there, coming in only for some hot chocolate and wine. 5. Christchurch
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DAY 11: DRIVE TO CHRISTCHURCH VIA FOX GLACIERFinally coming to the end we got out on the road early in the morning today to cover fox glacier in PUNAKAIKI area on our way to Christchurch, which was around a 9-hour long drive.
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DAY 6: MILFORD SOUND CRUISE/ FIRODLAND HIKE This day we headed to tour the spectacular Milford sound on a small cruise. We were lucky to have experienced wild dolphins, seals lazing on rocks and a stunning water fall. The cruise tour was an awe-inspiring visual treat.If you want, you can take up popular guided hike along the Firodland as well to witness their wildlife in the forests and more scenic beauty.