Our itinerary for a long Christmas break trip down the South Island in New Zealand starting from Wellington.
Finally, after so many failed attempts when we tried to undertake this wonderful track but our plans were usually thwarted by bad weather, the forecast predicted a weekend without gale and rain. A quick decision was made – let’s do the Jumbo Circuit. So, we grabbed our backpacks and headed up north to spend a great weekend in Tararuas.
Our first Great Walk led us to Tongariro National Park, where we undertook a 3-day journey around Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe. Despite changing weather the views of dramatic volcanic landscape were breathtaking and along with a smaller amount of tourists this track counts among our favorite ones in North Island.
A demanding ascent to St Arnaud Range that left a few mooses short of breath and a trip to waterfall named by the forgotten bottle of whiskey on the second and the third day of our Nelson Lakes Park adventure.
Sunny days full of walks in Nelson Lakes National Park providing amazing views of snow-covered hills on one side but freezing nights with cold feet and noses on the other. That was our Queen’s birthday weekend in South Island.