Travel Diary: New Zealand

When I told people I would be holidaying in New Zealand I was often met with a funny look followed by the question, ‘Why New Zealand?’. Well, for all the doubters I can show you why.

We spent a week touring the country’s breathtakingly-beautiful South Island travelling from Christchurch to Lake Wanaka, Queenstown, Dunedin and then back to Christchurch. We saw bucket loads of picturesque scenery, had many once-in-a-lifetime experiences, ate and drank the most delicious food and beverages, met the friendliest people and in all we had the holiday of a lifetime. Most importantly for me though was that I shared these wonderful experiences with my boyfriend and my brother.

I honestly can’t talk New Zealand up enough. I loved it, in fact we all did and we’d go back in a heartbeat.

But for now I’ll let my photos do the talking.

The beautiful blue of Rakaia Gorge

The perfect pitstop for lunch Lake Tekapo

Just like a postcard… Mt Cook stands tall in the distance

Mountain bike riding along Lake Wanaka I discovered the most crystal-clear water I have ever seen

Another lunch pitstop this time at the historic Cardrona Hotel

I spy Queenstown, can you?

We stayed in the most luxurious holiday home while in Queenstown. I would highly recommend The View and doesn’t the name speak for itself?

Viola! The I-could-never-get-sick-of-this view. The weather was mostly cool during our stay and here I’m kept warm in the Topshop Ultimate MA1 Bomber Jacket.

You can’t go to Queenstown and not go to Fergburger!

One of the highlights of our holiday was a day-trip to the magnificent Milford Sound. My boyfriend, Jason, is on the left and my brother, Tom, is on the right.

Majestic mountainside waterfalls at Milford Sound

Because we fluked a rare day where there wasn’t a cloud in the sky we chose to travel from Milford Sound back to Queenstown on a scenic flight

A stunning view of the Tasman Sea

Flying over beautiful snow-capped mountains

The colours of New Zealand are truly on display in this pic with the most vibrant blue and gorgeous green greeting us upon our arrival into Queenstown

We made it! The 40 minute flight was an experience we’ll never forget

The coffee in New Zealand is large and lattes seem to be the biggest of them all. I always found Jason’s bowl of coffee quite humerous. By the end of the week I had downsized my soy mochas to long blacks.

The world-famous Fergburger recently welcomed a baby brother of sorts into the world. The neighbouring Fergbaker offers delectable pies and pastries.

I introduce you to the Ferg’s famous Boston Cream Donut. Every bite was a mouthful of heaven.

Our hike up Queenstown’s One Mile track took almost double the expected time as we stopped to snap the beautiful landscape.

If you thought the view from our holiday house couldn’t get any better

Buckwheat pancakes for breakfast at Vudu Cafe, Queenstown. The town’s two Vudu Cafes are highly recommend but you better get there early to get a seat.

Following a night of heavy rainfall we awoke to exquisite snow-capped mountains. This resulted in a trip up to Coronet Peak.

Picture perfect

A+J. We loved our first experience at the snow together

Keeping warm in my Witchery coat and sun safe in Oakley Frogskin sunglasses

Fresh snowfall at Coronet Peak

Just another breathtaking view

After our snow adventure we headed to Arrowtown and stopped for a bite to eat at the Fork and Tap

Throughout our travels across the South Island we saw thousands and thousands of sheep and I must admit I got a little giddy with excitement when spotting a group of lambs. So I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to get up close to this gorgeous pair in Arrowtown. This is Dudley and Noleen, the cutest eight-day old lambs you’ll ever meet.

Cheers to Queenstown! Enjoying a NZ brew on our final night with this view

Hello Dunedin! Our stay here was short but we had an awesome time exploring the city and meeting friendly locals.

A trip to Dunedin wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Cadbury Factory

Thanks for the amazing memories NZ!

We flew: Air New Zealand
For all your tourist needs: 100% Pure New Zealand
For the best Milford Sound experience: Real Journeys

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