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My 16 Favourite Things to Do on New Zealand’s South Island

They call it New Zealand. Aotearoa. The Land of the Long White Cloud. Whatever you want to call it, I just see raw, untamed natural beauty. With a few quiet cities thrown in for good measure, it’s an outdoor loving, adventure seeking, road tripper’s dream. Kynie and I rented a campervan and drove around the New Zealand South Island and these were some of the highlights from that 3 week road trip. Continue Reading

Essential knowledge for a winter New Zealand Road trip in a campervan

New Zealand is an incredible part of the world and in my opinion one of the best ways to see the country is by road, in a campervan. There are many reasons why this might be the case, but let’s assume you have already made the decision to hire a campervan.

I spent three weeks in May of last year driving around the South Island of New Zealand, and while I had an incredible time, had I known some of these things below, it would have made the trip a whole lot easier.

Read this list so you don’t make the same mistakes I did.

Whaririki Beach Holiday Park
Whaririki Beach Holiday Park

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How to spend 4 hours in Invercargill 

New Zealand is a place where it is very easy to get off the beaten track. Even though it feels like there is one main road around the South Island the the towns to visit are small, and the national parks in which you camp are even quieter. However, as the country’s 13th largest city (population 55,000), Invercargill feels even more off the beaten path than most. Most likely due to its claim as New Zealand’s southernmost city – it is incredibly remote.

Few people actually make the trek this far south except for family, and this was highlighted to me when a bunch of young hooligans called this out to us while taking an admittedly touristy photo of a bridge in a park. They were quite surprised to see visitors here just for the sights.

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3 Week New Zealand South Island Itinerary – Part 3

This post continues to the travel guide for a road trip in New Zealand’s South Island that was started here. Go back and start there if you’re just arriving.

Day 14 – Arrowtown to Queenstown

Like most of the west coast, Arrowtown is an old gold mining town and thrived in the 1860s. The population has wavered since then but the buildings in the Main Street and miners’ cottages that survive are all original and restored. Buckingham Street, the main drag, is very narrow and gives off a small village vibe, which is essentially what it is. As a result, the population of about 2000 predominately supports themselves through visiting tourists in the cafes, shops and a couple of bars.

Arrowtown main road

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3 Week New Zealand South Island Itinerary – Part 2

New Zealand Sth Island part 2

 

When last we spoke I had left you at the very tip of the South Island at Wharariki Beach. Join me as I take you south from here. In fact there is no other option. Around winding mountains, ancient rocks, glaciers and coastline, this will be by far the most diverse week of driving and sightseeing, if not in your life, definitely this trip. Strap in!

You can catch Part 1 of this itinerary here.

NZ South Island itinerary wk 1

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