I will admit, I fought my man hard on this long road trip through New Zealand. Being prone to motion sickness and forever anxious to get to my destination, I thought flying was the way to go. But after I put on my big girl pants, slapped on my sea bands, and hit the road, I do not regret it one bit (He was right once again). Every stop we made along the road from Queenstown to Milford Sounds seemed to be even more beautiful than the next!(Luckily Elliot did most of the driving on the left side of the road. I took over for an hour and could hear him praying for his life)
Day 1 to 3: Queenstown
I showcased the beauty of Queenstown last week but failed to point out the main attractions. There is heaps to do in this town and it deserves a few days stay. Fergburger, aka God’s gift to Earth. I’m not a huge burger eater, so ordered the Cock Cajun: grilled chicken tenderloins rubbed with cajun spices, cooled with a lemon yoghurt, lettuce, tomato, red onion & aioli. Well worth the line out the door at all times.Parasailing over Lake Wakatipu. If you want to start small, this is an easy adventure to begin with. Glide through the air and take in the beautiful world surrounding you. Don’t be surprised if your toes get dipped in the frigid water!Rock climbing. Don’t forget skydiving, bungee jumping, paragliding, ziplining, sailing, helicopter rides, jet boating, hot air balloons and white water rafting. Whatever strokes your adventurous soul, they’re bound to have in Queenstown! A few things we missed out on which I regret: Cocktails at the Below Zero ice bar and a Gondola ride up to dinner at the top of the mountain,Day 4: Queenstown to Te AnauThere’s just one highway in and out of Milford Sound, 180 miles from Queenstown. Halfway between, about a 2.5 hour drive, is the small, quaint town of Te Anau. We decided to shack up here for the night instead of driving 10 straight hours, there and back.Leaving Queenstown, the Remarkables mountains are on your left and Lake Wakatipu on your right. There are not many stops in this portion of the drive, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the views!
Night 4: Te Anau
The main feature of the peaceful town of Te Anau is its fascinating Glowworm Caves. The crazy thing is, you’re inside a damp, dark cave, but it feels like you’re looking up at a sky full of stars. Until the flashlights shine on them and you realize you’re looking at a mass of ewey-gooey worms.I recommend staying with these kind folks who greeted us with wine on the patio, pointed us to the best places in the town and cooked us a scrumptious breakfast!Day 5: Te Anau to Milford SoundWhile this is only a 2 hour drive, you are going to want to set aside at least 5 hours or more. There are hikes and beautiful sights along the way you will want to take time to enjoy in all their glory. Leaving the lush farmland behind, the road enters the long, scenic Eglington Valley with the viewpoint of Knobs Flat.
Night 5: Milford Sound Dinner Cruise
Mitre Peak that rises more than a kilometre straight out of the sea. Stirling Falls
Day 6: Milford Sound to Christchurch
The Chasm, two bridges over the Cleddau River offer spectacular views of a series of waterfalls. Thousands of years of swirling water have sculpted round shapes and basins in the rock.On a clear day, the Mirror Lakes reflect back the Earl Mountains. Waterfowl and wetland plants can be seen against a backdrop of beech forest.Lake WanakaVoila! Are you convinced yet to make New Zealand top of your travel bucket list?Tweet