Yes, we know we are a bit behind with the blog… we are about to leave Chile and we haven’t told you anything about our adventures in New Zealand yet. We have found it more difficult than what we expected to combine the travelling with keeping the blog up to date. So we have decided that we are going to put off the narration of all the things we did in New Zealand, at least for the moment. But at least we wanted to give you a sneak peek of how our 30 days in the long white cloud island were like, and tell you how much we loved it!
Our flight took off from sunny Sydney to land in wintery Queenstown. As we started our descend, and crossed the sea of clouds, we recognized the first snowed peaks and the incredible scenery, very Lords of the Rings like, of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. After only a couple of days in the touristy and extreme sports capital Queenstown, we picked up our fancy campervan. We appropriately named it Arwen, and started our 24 day tour around New Zealand. We headed first to Milford Sound and the drive through Fiorland mountains alone was breathtaking, not to mention the cruise. We continued on route to the Catlins, where we saw the cute yellow eyed penguins coming back home from a hard day fishing. Next, the visit to Moeraki Boulders left us somehow discontent, they were just a very few round rocks. In Wanaka we enjoyed two days of skiing in Treble Cone, with amazing views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Continuing with the icy activities, we did a really cool one day trek in the Fox Glacier. As we kept heading up north and started to pass by kiwi fruit fields, I forced Isma to stop to buy a bag with no less than 28 kiwis for just two dollars! When we got to Abel Tasman with did a stunning 25km trek which left us exhausted for the next couple of days. Wine tasting in Malborough, a plate of green lip mussels in Haveloc and the spectacular Queen Charlotte Drive closed the chapter of the South Island, just before taking the ferry to Wellington in Picton. In total we spent 14 unforgettable days in the South Island.