New Zealand – 2 weeks on the South Island (Part II)

New Zealand – 2 weeks on the South Island (Part II)

And finally, the last part of our New Zealand trip: week 3.

Day 15: On the way to Milford Sound

On our first day in Fjordland National park, we drove to Milford Sound, with many beautiful spots on the way. We stopped at a mirror lake, walked through an enchanted forest, hiked up Key Summit, saw another waterfall … and all of that before getting to the main attraction.

Milford Sound was stunning as well with its tall cliffs and peaks, waterfalls and just beautiful scenery. We even saw some seals!

Day 16: Beautiful Doubtful Sound

The next day, we had booked another boat trip to Doubtful Sound. Just getting there was again really beautiful. We first took a boat over a lake, then a bus over a pass and then finally the boat trip through the sound. It was raining a bit and the low clouds and mist just made the place more mysterious. Iā€™m really glad we did both sounds, the experiences were different and both so stunning. Pictures (at least my phone pictures) really don’t do it justice.

Day 17: Hello again, Queenstown

On our way to Twizel, we stopped in Queenstown again. That gave us the chance to go to a restaurant which was fully booked the week before (and lunch was so good!), buy some chocolate and get more lake views. The next stop was in a cute little tourist town called Arrowtown, where we walked around for a bit.

Day 18: Why so shy, Mount Cook?

Day 18 was another day of hiking. We did both the Kea Point Track and the Hooker Valley track close to Mount Cook. We got some stunning views again, only the peak of Mount Cook was hiding in the clouds.

On the way back, the clouds cleared up and we stopped at a viewpoint with fantastic views over Lake Pukaki.

To make the most out of the beautiful summer weather, Thorben made us some awesome burgers on the grill.

Day 19: Around Lake Tekapo

The second lake close to Mount Cook is Lake Tekapo and it has the same stunning color as Lake Pukaki. We saw it from a view point we drove to, again from above when we hiked to Mount John Observatory and up close from the Church of the Good Shepard.

On the way back to the Airbnb, we picked up some local salmon which Thorben grilled – it was delicious with a sour cream dip, mashed potatoes and tomato salad šŸ™‚

Day 20: An afternoon in Christchurch

Before catching our evening flight to Auckland, we spend a few hours in Christchurch. We wandered around the Botanical Garden and stopped to smell the roses in their beautiful rose garden.

After checking out the Canterbury museum, we walked around downtown. The cathedral gave us a pretty good idea how devastating the earthquake must have been 10 years ago.

Day 21: Back to the North

Our final day in New Zealand was spent in the North again. In the morning, we did a cool walking tour with Liz from Aucky Walky and learned about Auckland, its history and people. After a fish and chips lunch, we walked along the harbor front before headed to Giapo, an ice cream store invented to be instagrammed.

Sadly, we had to fly back to Shanghai that night. What an epic trip – I think New Zealand is of the best places we’ve ever visited. I hope we can make it back again, I need at least another 3 weeks!

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