Posted by: lindsaygoes | November 15, 2015

Adventures in the South of New Zealand, part one

So these posts are a bit delayed, mainly because I’ve been busy with a new nephew (how exciting!) since I got back, but I’m finally getting around to writing about my recent trip around the South Island of New Zealand. We had almost three weeks there, travelling around in a campervan.

We flew into Christchurch, and on our first day really just got set up, filling the campervan with supplies, before we set off. We did think of more things we needed along the way, but overall it was a good way to travel. Our campervan was fairly snug, but not too difficult to park!

Great Alpine Highway, New Zealand

Great Alpine Highway, New Zealand

The next morning we drove along the Great Alpine Highway, our first stop was Castle Hill (also known as Kura Tawhiti), a gorgeous rock formation. The weather was beautiful and clear, and we could see snow capped mountains in the distance. We had a nice walk around the hill, admiring the view. We kept going to drive through Arthur’s Pass, and had a few stops and walks at the Devil’s Punchbowl, Dobson’s Nature Walk and the Bealy Chasm. All of these spots had beautiful scenery, and were lovely and peaceful. We even saw some wild Kea at one of the view points.

Dobson's Nature Walk. Arthur's Pass, New Zealand

Dobson’s Nature Walk. Arthur’s Pass, New Zealand

The highway took us to Hokitika, where we visited Hokitika Gorge, with it’s amazing blue water, Dorothy Falls and Lake Kaniere. By the time we got to Lake Kaniere the weather was closing in, and it was lovely and mysterious with flog shrouding the surrounding hills.

Hokitika Gorge, New Zealand

Hokitika Gorge, New Zealand

Lake Kaniere, New Zealand

Lake Kaniere, New Zealand

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