South Island Road Trip Itinerary in New Zealand | Queenstown, Milford Sound, Wanaka | TRAVEL GUIDE

South Island Road Trip Itinerary in New Zealand | Queenstown, Milford Sound, Wanaka | TRAVEL GUIDE

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In this video, we want to share with you our road trip to the south island. we are going to talk about the itinerary in general (not a deep dive)

Day 1: After that, we spend 3 hours on the ferry. We arrived at Picton port on the south island. On that day, we wanted to get closer to nelson for tomorrow, so we slept in a small עיירה name Havelock.
Day 2: we traveled to Nelson and used the information center to close the attraction for tomorrow, the Abel Tasman trek. Then we went to the Wainui falls + popo springs.
Day 3: We did the Abel Tasman trek with kayaks and enjoy the scenery when we walked back … Abel Tasman is one of the great walks.
it’s an easy track and good for families with kids
Day 4: we started our day with a coffee at the Maruia falls that were nearby. Then we drove to see Westport’s sea lion colony. After that, we went to the Punakaiki rocks and finished our day at a beer factory located in small-town Greymouth.
Day 5: we visited the Shanti town, it wasn’t on our list, but we enjoyed the place and were just on our way to the Hokitika Gorge, also called the blue pool. Before we hit our final destination, we stopped at Okitika town for drinks and snacks. Toward this day, we had a long drive to the glacier area.
Day 6: we planned to stay in this area for 3 days, but unfortunately, the weather was terrible, so we stayed there only 2 days and visited both FOX GLACIER & FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER.
Day 7: After a nice trail on the Fox glacier, we drove to our next destination Wanaka. On our way, we stopped at Knight point lookout, which was terrific, and in a few other tourist points: Thunder falls, Fantails falls, and the Blue pools.
Day 8: we woke up at Wanaka and decided to see the town and the beautiful lake by bicycle. In the evening we had a date at the cinema Paradiso.
Day 9: on that day, we planned to go on a hike. We really wanted to hike Roy’s peak trail. But unfortunately, it was close. Some guy recommended us the Istumus peak hike at the information center, and that was absolutely incredible. It is an unbelievably wonderful hike, really recommended. The trail is 17 km long. It takes between 7-9 hours to complete the track.
Day 10, 11: we have stayed at Queenstown for 2 days. Queenstown is considered a home of extreme adventures. You can definitely test your limits there.
To tell the truth, we are a bit cowardes. We did the Shotter jet that was quite an experience even to the brave among you. Also, we did the Queenstown gondola cable car, which is a great way to see the city’s beauty from above. Another cool thing to do while you up there and enjoying the view is the luge rides. So don’t miss this attraction and buy at least 2 rides.
we had some more time, so we went to a SMASH IT Room, and after that, we started our drive to the Milford sounds area.
Day 12: This day was dedicated to the Milford Sound Cruise. that was more than worse, and we were really sorry that we had there only one day. after the cruise, we started our drive to Invercargill to move ourselves towards the journey to the Catlins area.
Day 13: on this day, we visited the Catlins area. We saw Curio bay cliffs, Purakaunui Falls, McLean Falls, and the famous Nugget Point. On that day, we drove to Dunedin.
Day 14: we started our morning at Dunedin, a city with a European atmosphere. We visited Baldwin Street: which is the Steepest Street in the World. From there, we drove straight to Moeraki Boulders Beach. On that day, we enjoyed a fantastic evening at the Omarama Hot Tubs, a private hot tub in nature.
Day 15: from the Omarama town, we drove to the Hooker Valley Track that is the most popular short walking track. The view on this track is absolutely BREATHTAKING. After we finished the hike, we drove to Lake Tekapo, and on that day, we also managed to visit the hot springs near the lake.
Day 16: This day was devoted to a long drive to Christchurch. On the way, we visited the alpaca farm.
Day 17: we started the day by visiting the arctic center of Christchurch. An exciting experience for children and adults. On that day, we drove to Kaikoura. Along the way, we saw the seal colony.
Day 18: To Kaikoura, we came for one reason. Jony really wanted to see whales, so we took there a Whale watch cruise. After the cruise, we started our drive back to Christchurch, but because of the distance, we stopped at Hanmer Springs, a little town between Kaikoura and Christchurch.
Hanmer Springs is famous for the thermal pools, so we visited the pools and enjoyed the day in the afternoon.
Day 19: We drove to Christchurch. On our last day in New Zealand, we spent it just walking in the city and relaxing. We played mini-golf, went to botanic gardens, ate in a recommended restaurant, and finally, we allowed ourselves to do some shopping.


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