Blog posts from South Island
New Zealand – Christchurch

New Zealand – Christchurch

Christchurch was our entry and departure point for the South Island, so we spent one night on each end in the city. First night: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport We arrived near midnight and after...

Central Otago wineries

Central Otago wineries

Our first stop in central Otago was Chard Farm, a charming tasting room on a hill above the highway. Just across the road is a old suspension bridge with bungee jumpers over the Kawarau Gorge....

New Zealand – Te Anau lodging and food

New Zealand – Te Anau lodging and food

After quite a lot of driving and many, many sheep, we arrived at the Te Anau Lodge around 6pm, just beating a rain storm. We stayed in the Bishop's Retreat which was a stand alone building next to...

Drive to Milford Sound

Drive to Milford Sound

Since we were starting in the afternoon due to the Doubtful Sound cruise, we needed to prioritize which sights we would visit before it became too dark to hike. Along the drive we decided our first...

New Zealand – Crown Range Pass

New Zealand – Crown Range Pass

The sunrise in Wanaka was absolutely STUNNING on Saturday morning. Eric snuck out to take these photos behind the B&B before we filled up on a delicious breakfast. After packing up we headed...

New Zealand – Wanaka

New Zealand – Wanaka

We positioned ourselves in Wanaka both coming from and heading back to Christchurch. For simplicity's sake we decided to stay at the same B&B both times and we're glad we did. Suzy and Caroline...

New Zealand – Route 6 drive to Haast Beach

New Zealand – Route 6 drive to Haast Beach

For our first day in Wanaka we decided to head north for views of Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka, then on through the lush Haast Pass. Thankfully there were numerous pull-outs which let us enjoy some...

New Zealand – drive to Wanaka

New Zealand – drive to Wanaka

On our first morning we woke up early, feeling mostly refreshed after two previous evenings on planes. We decided to skip the pricey buffet breakfast at the hotel and just head back to the airport...

Our Itinerary

2024 Trips

San Diego, CA (Jan)
Sarasota, FL (Feb)
Madrid, Spain (Mar)
Valencia, Spain (Mar+Apr)
Palma, Mallorca (Apr)
Croatia (May)
Faroe Islands (Aug)
London, UK (Sept)
Bari, Italy (Sept)
Rome, Italy (Oct)
Frankfurt, Germany (Oct)

2022 Trips

Florida (Feb)
NC Mountains (Apr)
Washington DC (Apr)
Valencia, Spain (May)
Hilton Head, SC (May)
Pacific NW (Jun)
Long Island (Jul)
Florida (Sept)
Chicago (Sept)
Poland (Sept)
NC Mountains (Nov)
Euro Xmas Markets (Dec)