December 16, 2012

Campervan Adventure - New Zealand South Island (Part 1)

We have been back from our holiday in New Zealand (NZ) for almost two weeks now but my mind keeps wandering back there... since we have been back, we have been busy with work and Christmas festivities that I hadn't had the time to go through our photos until now.

There were over 270 photos and the truth is none of them really did the place justice. For one I only used my iPhone4 and sometimes Terry's iPhone4S so the quality aren't the best... anyway they keep the moments last longer and I keep looking at them over and over again!

I made up a summary of each place using an iPhone app called PicFrame. I love this app!

We were away for 16 days, starting from flying into Wellington and ending at Christchurch. We covered a lot of ground (and seas) so I will split my post into 2 parts.

This is Part 1 - first week of our trip...

Wellington was in the midst of Hobbit frenzy! The day we arrived the people of Wellington was starting their preparation for the premiere in around 10 days time and Gandalf was just being raised onto the front of the Embassy Theatre as our airport to city bus went pass. This certainly wasn't the only highlight as Wellington has a lot to offer but definitely memorable!

As this was the first two days of our holiday, we treated ourselves some celebratory drinks!

The InterIslander Ferry journey across from Wellington to Picton in the South Island was a major highlight and a great introductory to what NZ has on offer!
We picked up our campervan from Road Abode campervan after we arrived at Picton. Check them out, the service we received has been fantastic and they will definitely be our first choice for the next trip (yep already dreaming about the next trip!)

From Picton, we went to Blenheim to visit Terry's cousin and her family. We ought to factor in more time to spend with them in the next trip, they have the cutest children!

While in Blenheim, we visited the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Even their coffee comes with an aeroplane lolly! 

The next day we set off to Punakaiki via Nelson

Beautiful coastal drive and the Pancake Rocks... well, what amazing force the nature has!

Probably not very clear but the tree in front of this van there in downtown Greymouth has been yarn bomb!

We nearly made it to the glacier but the weather turned bad and our heli-hike got cancelled 3 times! We got so close one time where we were all geared up waiting at the heli pad but got told that the weather was too bad. Well, no one can control weather so reluctantly we had to move on to the next stop... We took a walk to the glacier face though and it was an amazing experience in its own right. 
The famous whitebait sandwich at the Cray Port in Jackson Bay was worth the trip. Located 48km from the Haast Junction, this little seaside port is picturesque and full of early settlement history. 

Queenstown - has something for everyone! We loved Queenstown although we didn't get into all the adrenaline activities the place has to offer, we found the atmosphere inviting. A great place to chill out and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

That's the end of the first half of our trip... Part 2 will follow in the next post!


  1. Lovely photo's, lucky you!! Glad you had a great time. I can't wait to go on our holiday!!
    Cheers, Anita.

    1. Thanks Anita! I just did a post for the second part of our trip, check that out, there is yarn involved!!