“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
With 8 nights and a fairly small budget, my family and I had taken to the road to experience what us New Zealanders affectionately refer to as ‘The Great Kiwi Road Trip’.
|Bealey Bridge in Arthur's Pass|
It might be quite a few years before Oskar is able to fully appreciate the same things about this country that we do - he claims his favourite moment of the whole trip was feeding grass to a miniature horse. Yet it is fair to say that children are still capable of being entertained by the small things in life. It is also fair to say, that on this trip, all three of us had an equally wonderful time.
To truly get a taste of the best that the South Island have to offer, travellers would need a minimum of 2 weeks. But with just 9 days up our sleeve, we decided to start and finish in Christchurch, doing a loop that encompassed Aoraki/Mt Cook, Queenstown, The Glacier Region, Arthur's Pass and all stunning areas in between. We were also on a mission to make it to Wanaka for the Biennial Warbirds Show; a long term ambition of Scott's.
|Fantail Falls in Mt Aspiring National Park|
The saying, “the journey is more important than the destination”, has never been truer than when travelling around the South Island Of New Zealand. Driving through these untouched landscapes, where it appears time has stood still for millions of years, the days never felt like they were dragging. We did an average of about 3 hours driving each day, which never once became a burden on Oskar. We were never in a rush, we stopped regularly at roadside cafes and picturesque lookouts, and we took to the bush often to stretch our legs and admire the beautiful rivers and waterfalls hidden amongst the trees. With some prior research on the DOC (Department of Conservation) website, I was prepared with a multitude of family-friendly bushwalks, most of which were under 30 minutes return, some as short as five.
|Stone Sculptures at the Blue Pools of Haast Pass|
My Holiday Highlights
Taking a quiet moment to sit at the window of our Aoraki/Mt Cook accommodation and enjoy the spectacular view.
Watching Oskar dance in Arrowtown's Autumn leaves
The stunning Lake Matheson walk
Scott's Holiday Highlights
Driving the road into Aoraki/Mt Cook
Oskars Holiday Highlight
Feeding the miniature horses at our Franz Josef accommodation
Photographs of New Zealand say more than I ever could.
|Lake Dunstan in Cromwell|
|Peter's Pool near Franz Josef Glacier|
|Chairlift up to the Queenstown Luge|
|Final trip count - 1711km|