Our first 4 months on the South Island have come to an end so we thought we ought to share our favourite New Zealand moments (other than our Te Araroa training hikes of course!):
1. Van life
Sure it’s a cliche but the best way to see New Zealand really is by campervan! We’ve loved every minute in our old girl. The South Island is simply a stunning place to drive around. The dramatic scenery makes driving between campsites part of the overall experience.
2. Kayaking in Milford Sound
Living in Milford Sound over the Winter has been awesome, we’ve met some great people and had a lot of fun. Our favourite thing to do in Fiordland was to go sea kayaking. For us it was the best way to get up close to nature whilst feeling very small in the world. Check out Roscos for a great company or go and see Tim at NZ Kayaker if you’re on the North Island.
3. Cottage in the Catlins
An epic find for Alex’s last birthday as a twenty-something-year-old. Windy, wild weather for the whole of our road trip with Cami couldn’t phase us once we stumbled upon the Catlins Beach House. Open fire, sea views, board games and rum; what more could a man want?
4. Wonderful Wanaka
If only Wanaka was closer to home… We love everything about the place; from the skiing at Treble Cone to the beautiful lake view walks, from happy hour at Kai Whakapai to the delicious burrito van.
5. Skiing Temple Basin
Probably one of our more intrepid adventures in New Zealand. An hours climb through knee deep fresh snow to reach the small ski field of Temple Basin at the top. So worth it for our first taste of New Zealand pow! Even if the drive back to Arthur’s Pass was a little sketchy…
6. Camping in Abel Tasman
The brochures don’t lie – the Abel Tasman is always sunny! Beautiful turquoise oceans and long sandy beaches transported us back to the Philippines (without the disgustingly humid temperatures, hurrah!). Great place to spend our first night in the new tent.
7. Wine tours by bike
What an ingenious combination; tandem city bikes equipped with bottle carriers and a detailed map of all the local winery’s. We spent an excellent day with Nick and Becky meandering the Marlborough region, cramming in 7 vineyard tasting sessions. The company we used was Wine Tours by Bike and I would highly recommend them, Steve and Jo were awesome!
Now on to the North Island…