South Island Road Trip - Vol. 1

As much as I love Wellington, the truth is that I came to New Zealand for mountains and epic landscapes. This is exactly why I knew that if I didn’t give the South Island a try, I would regret it for the rest of my life, and let me just say, before anything else, there is nothing more amazing than road tripping around New Zealand by car.

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Starting from Wellington, we took a short flight to Christchurch where we picked up our rental car,  a lovely Toyota that proved to be a good soldier throughout this adventure. First stop was Lake Tekapo!

We knew the lake is beautiful but didn't expect it to be this stunning! We spent the whole day at the shore appreciating the scenery and taking photos from various angles. The turquoise-blue colour of the lake is  created by "rock flour" from surrounding glaciers- and alone makes this a perfect spot.  

Church of the Good Shepherd

But we did not just stop there, Tekapo is also famous for it’s lack of light pollution and on cloudless nights there are amazing views of the stars. So, when we returned right after midnight, we came across the most incredible and clear night sky, like a black cloth embroidered with diamonds, with thousands of stars twinkling back at us. What a perfect way to say goodbye before driving off to Wanaka!

Lake Pukaki

On our way to Wanaka we also drove past Lake Pukaki with it’s stunning views of Mount Cook (New Zealand’s tallest mountain).

Lake Wanaka

I absolutely loved the scenery of the lake, and the little town of Wanaka. Such a wonderful place to take a stroll, looking out to the spectacular views of the snow capped mountains in the background and the stillness of the lake -very soothing to the soul. The lake is beautiful year round, basked in different colours throughout the day, but sunset is known to be very special. We watched the sun going down at my personal favourite spot down by the lakefront, where the lone willow tree has been standing (in the lake) for over 60 years.

Lake Wanaka

Glendhu Bay Lookout

The Wanaka Tree

It wasn’t long before our tummies started rumbling. We walked to town to grab a meal and get some rest before driving off to Blue Pools the next day, but more on this on next week’s blog!

Thanks for reading.