New Zealand – South Island Photo Journal

Roys Peak overlooking Lake Wanaka

Roys Peak overlooking Lake Wanaka

Whether you’re looking for an adventure through the mountains, or a relaxing trip to the beach, New Zealand is truly a place to satisfy everyones travel desires. This relatively small country is only home to about 4.5 million people but boasts some of the most impressive scenery on the planet. If you go to New Zealand with a thirst for adventure, you will definitely not be disappointed.

One of the best ways to see the country is by taking a road trip in a camper van or RV. Last month my wife and I had the opportunity to do just that. We spent one week driving across the south island starting in Christchurch, ending in Queenstown and stopping everywhere in between. One week was not even close to enough time to explore everything New Zealand has to offer. One could easily spend 3 weeks just exploring the south island. Regardless of how much time you spend in New Zealand, its guaranteed to be an epic adventure that you will never forget.

The following photos are from our Journey across New Zealand’s south island. Enjoy.

Parked at Lake Pukai

The first stop on our road trip brought us here to Lake Pukaki. Mt. Cook can be seen in the distance

Freedom camping at its finest

Freedom camping at its finest. Parked along the beautiful turquoise water of Lake Pukaki

Exploring the rocky shoreline of Lake Pukaki

Exploring the rocky shoreline of Lake Pukaki

Being dropped off by helicopter on the Tasman Glacier

Being dropped off by helicopter on the Tasman Glacier

Trekking across the Tasman Glacier

Trekking across the Tasman Glacier

Water carving through the ice

Water carving through the ice

Tasting the freshly melted ice

Tasting the freshly melted ice

Flying past Mt. Cook

Flying past Mt. Cook on our way back from the Tasman Glacier

The beautiful Mt. Cook

The beautiful Mt. Cook

vineyards at Carrick Wines in Bannockburn

No trip to New Zealand is complete without a stop at one of the many wineries throughout the country. Strolling through the vineyards at Carrick Wines in Bannockburn

Beautiful rolling hills

Beautiful rolling hills covered in vineyards in Bannockburn. Truly wine country

Approach into the Milford Sound

Approach into the Milford Sound

Landing at the Milford Sound airport

Landing at the Milford Sound airport

Milford Sound

Often referred to as the “8th wonder of the world” the Milford Sound truly is a treat for the eyes. A short flight from Queenstown or Wanaka and then up the fjord really adds to the experience

bungy jumping

New Zealand is the birthplace of modern day bungy jumping

Bridge crossing on the Hooker Valley track

Bridge crossing on the Hooker Valley track

Flying over Aspiring National Park

Flying over Aspiring National Park on the way back from Milford Sound

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