Bára & Kuba on the road

New Zealand South Island in 17 Days

New Zealand South Island in 17 Days
  • Date: 23.12.20169.1.2017
  • Number of nights: 17
  • Transport: car, ferry, walk

It was almost a three-weeks long Christmas break spent in South Island of New Zealand.

At first, we cruised by ferry and then drove further down south along the Inland Route, an alternative way after the earthquake in November 2016, where we met with our friends in Fairlie. Spending most of that time together, we explored the South Island’s landscape during sunny and rainy days, had a Christmas day BBQ, celebrated New Year’s Eve and the most importantly had a great time!

After New Year’s Eve our journeys split and from Glenorchy, we headed off down south to Catlins. Driving along Southland Scenic Route we admired rough coastline, wildlife (yes, we finally saw penguins!), amazing rainforest and heaps of waterfalls.

We completed our trip with the Routeburn Track, one of nine Great Walks and survived more than a nine-hours long drive back to Picton where we boarded on the midnight ferry and got back to Wellington.

Day 1

Map of day 1
  • Departure - Arrival: from Wellington to Nelson Lakes National Park
  • Distance: ferry + 128 km
  • Overnight: Kerr Bay Campsite
  • Number of nights: 1

Day 2

Map of day 2

Day 3-4

Map of day 3 and 4

Day 5-8

Map of day 5 to 8
  • Departure - Arrival: from Mt Cook to Queenstown
  • Distance: 240 km
  • Overnight: Lakeview Holiday Park
  • Number of nights: 3
  • Sightseeing on the way: Lindis Pass Summit, Chard Farm

Day 9-10

Map of day 9 and 10
  • Departure - Arrival: from Queenstown to Glenorchy
  • Distance: 47 km
  • Overnight: Mrs Woolly’s Campground
  • Number of nights: 2
  • Sightseeing on the way: Bennett’s Bluff Lookout

Day 11

Map of day 11
  • Departure - Arrival: from Glenorchy to Invercargill
  • Distance: 276 km
  • Overnight: Invercargill TOP 10 Holiday Park
  • Number of nights: 1
  • Sightseeing on the way: Lake Wakatipu Lookout, Stirling Point International Signpost

Day 12

Map of day 12
  • Departure - Arrival: from Invercargill to Curio Bay
  • Distance: 80 km
  • Overnight: Curio Bay Holiday Park
  • Number of nights: 1
  • Sightseeing on the way: Matarua Estuary Lookout, Waipapa Point, Slope Point

Day 13

Map of day 13
  • Departure - Arrival: from Curio Bay to Balclutha
  • Distance: 133 km
  • Overnight: Balclutha Motor Camp
  • Number of nights: 1
  • Sightseeing on the way: Koropuku Falls, McLean Falls, Nugget Point, Lake Wilkie walk, Matai and Horseshoe Falls, Purakaunui Falls

Day 14

Map of day 14
  • Departure - Arrival: from Balclutha to Manapouri
  • Distance: 291 km
  • Overnight: Manapouri Motels & Holiday Park
  • Number of nights: 1
  • Sightseeing on the way: Lake Monowai, Clifden Suspension Bridge, McCracken’s lookout, Monkey island, Rakatu wetlands

Day 15

Map of day 15

Day 16

Map of day 16
  • Departure - Arrival: from Te Anau to Lake Mackenzie
  • Distance: 85 + 12 km
  • Overnight: Lake Mackenzie Campsite
  • Number of nights: 1

Day 17

Map of day 17
  • Departure - Arrival: from Lake Mackenzie to Hawea
  • Distance: 21 + 152 km
  • Overnight: Lake Hawea Holiday Park
  • Number of nights: 1

Day 18

Map of day 18
  • Departure - Arrival: from Hawea to Wellington
  • Distance: 790 km + ferry
  • Overnight: Bluebridge Ferry
  • Number of nights: 1

Thanks to Freepik and Pixel perfect for the map icons and Brent Leimenstoll for the background.