New Zealand

Hope you're comfy, cause this a long one haha. We've tried to make this blog post helpful, but not too wordy. We've thrown in a few photos from our previous trip too so we can cover a few more areas, but the majority are from the month we spent in a camper mostly on NZ's south island in January/February this year. The best advice we can offer is to book a decent campervan, don't go through the cheapest company *cough "Kiwi Campers" cough* because it's really not worth it. Our van was super old and we encountered some pretty frustrating leakage issues and the customer service was abysmal. One thing that was SUPER helpful though was an app called "CamperMate" which we used daily. It tells you where free campgrounds are located, along with Holiday Parks, fresh water, toilets, petrol stations and more.

New Zealand is such a breathtaking country and we LOVED exploring, we can't wait to go back and see/do/experience more. Hope you enjoy our blog/travel journal, feel free to ask any questions in the comments or tell us what you think.

Also, be sure to click on the panoramas, they'll pop out to a bigger a window so that you can see them in a bit more detail. But first, check out our video below!

CHRISTCHURCH

Favourite thing:
The Botanic Gardens

Point of interest:
Just wandering the streets of Christchurch is pretty interesting, there's such a mix of destruction and construction and graffiti and temporary structures and some older buildings still standing.

Eats recommendation:
Supreme Supreme Christchurch

LAKES TEKAPO + PUKAKI

Favourite thing:
The colour of the water and the stars

Fun fact:
Tekapo is located in a Dark Sky Reserve = prime star gazing

Point of interest:
Church of the Good Shepherd

AORAKI MOUNT COOK

Favourite thing:
Our favourite freedom camping spot was on the road to Mt Cook.

Point of interest:
The Hooker Valley Track

LAKE OHAU + OMARAMA

Favourite thing:
The Omarama Hot Tubs #bliss

Point of interest:
Clay Cliffs of Omarama

Pro tip:
To get to the clay cliffs you have to drive on a very bumpy gravel road and there is a fee to access the property where the cliffs are.

WANAKA

Favourite thing:
Conquering Roys Peak - mentally and physically challenging but the sense of accomplishment and the view was next level.

Point of interest:
#thatwanakatree (instagram it)

Eats recommendation:
Big Fig Wanaka

QUEENSTOWN

Favourite thing:
The Luge and driving up to The Remarkables

Points of interest:
The Crown Range, Arrowtown, Bobs Cove, Glenorchy

Eats recommendation:
Fergburger

EAST COAST

Favourite thing:
The Catlins National Park - so many waterfalls

Point of interest:
Nugget Point

INVERCARGILL

Favourite thing:
The rugged coastline 

Pro tip:
Prepare for 4 seasons in one day. Wind + Rain + Hail + Shine

FIORDLAND

Favourite thing:
Lush forests and mountains! And exploring Lake Monowai

Point of interest:
The Routeburn track

MILFORD SOUND

Favourite thing:
Really good company + amazing weather + bottle nose dolphins + penguins

Fun fact:
On average it rains 230 days of the year

Point of interest:
The Homer Tunnel - be sure to look out for Kea (large flightless birds) before entering the tunnel.

Pro tip:
The Milford Sound Lodge is the best campsite we stayed in by far - hello private bathroom and heated towel rail! 

WEST COAST

Favourite thing:
Finding hidden waterfalls and stopping every 5 minutes for exploration and photos. And some really great travel buddies too.

Point of interest:
The Blue Pools

Pro tip:
It's really wet #thewetcoast

NORTH OF THE SOUTH

Favourite thing:
Kayaking in the Abel Tasman

Point of interest:
Wharariki Beach

Eats recommendation:
The Smoking Barrel Motueka - Donuts

WELLINGTON

Favourite thing:
Wandering down Cuba St - so many quirky boutiques, vintage/op shops and food options

Point of interest:
The Lookout and Waiohine Gorge Suspension Bridge

Eats recommendation:
Best Ugly Bagels

ARTHURS PASS

Favourite thing:
The colours and textures in the mountains and climbing over rocks at Castle Hill

Point of interest:
Devils Punchbowl Falls