Wednesday, November 01, 2006

New Zealand's South Island in 9 Days

A guide to seeing the South Island in 9 days... or, what to do when you can't take enough time off work!

Day 1: Arrived in Christchurch

Watched Scared Scriptless. Stayed at The Old Countryhouse.

Day 2: Whale watching in Kaikoura

Watching sperm whales
Day 3: TranzAlpine to Greymouth, bus to Fox Glacier

TranzAlpineLake Matheson
Took in the views at Lake Matheson.

Day 4: Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier heli-hikeDay 5: Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Newmans coachDay 6: Bungy jumping in Queenstown

Kawarau gorge bungyDay 7: Canyoning in Queenstown

Mount Aspiring national park
Day 8: Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo

Lake TekapoDay 9: Flew out of Christchurch

Summers B&B

Preparing for the trip

Pack the right clothing for the time of year you are travelling. We recycled our Nepal packing list, sans rubbing alcohol as we weren't expecting leeches this time. As usual, I brought far too many shirts and John didn't pack enough warm clothing. Learn from our mistakes and don't forget to factor in wind chill when you pack!

Glacier heli-hikes and Kaikoura whale watch tours can fill up quickly, so it's best to make your reservations for those before you arrive in New Zealand. Particularly when you've inadvertently planned your trip during a New Zealand holiday weekend, like we did.

As anyone who's ever tried to redeem frequent flyer miles knows, it's always advisable to book frequent flyer redemption tickets well in advance. Like weeks, months, or even years. You never know when one airline (*cough* Air New Zealand *cough*) is going to stop flying between Singapore and New Zealand, causing the remaining direct airline's flights to be booked solid. Thankfully we managed to squeeze through at the last minute. Whew.

It was a great trip.

Read the previous entry, the next entry, or check out the rest of this New Zealand trip series.

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At November 08, 2006 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Sounds like you had a lot of fun!!! Bungy jumping too! So cool. I did the one in Auckland but I hear the one in Queenstown is higher! Can't wait to hear more about your trip (and see more of your pics)! :)

- Jill

At November 08, 2006 11:35 PM, Blogger Ching said...

Glad you liked the pics, we had tons of fun! We did a tandem bungy jump from Kawarau bridge, which is the first commercial bungy site (and I hear they're still using the original ropes ;) ).

There's a much higher bungy jump, also in Queenstown, called the Nevis Highwire - - we would have done it but we ran out of time (and money)!


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