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
Day 3: TranzAlpine to Greymouth, bus to Fox Glacier
Day 4: Fox Glacier
Day 5: Fox Glacier to Queenstown
Day 6: Bungy jumping in Queenstown
Day 7: Canyoning in Queenstown
Day 8: Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo
Day 9: Flew out of Christchurch
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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