Bára & Kuba on the road

New Zealand South Island in 17 Days

Our itinerary for a long Christmas break trip down the South Island in New Zealand starting from Wellington.

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Mt Holdsworth Jumbo Circuit

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.

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Tongariro Northern Circuit

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.

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Chilly hiking in Nelson Lakes National Park

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.

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Chilly camping in Nelson Lakes National Park

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.

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