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Rediscovering the South Island

Created by casper1 on October 23, 2004

2 Reviews

This was a trip to rediscover the South Island and all its beauty. As New Zealanders, we tend to take a lot of it for granted. It has been 20 years since Alan and I toured the South Island with our three children; we decided that we would take another good look. We left Nelson and drove down the west coast as far as Franz Josef Glacier, where we stayed the night. There are two ways to go down the coast; one is through Reefton (the inland route) and the other is through Westport (the coastal route). Both journeys have great views, and if the coastal route is taken ,there is the added bonus of Punakaiki. After a night in Franz, we went up to the glacier. There are numerous bus trips from the town, with all types of adventure helicopter flights, or just take your vehicle out and go for a walk. After leaving Franz we headed for Countrytime Resort in Omarama, which would be our base for the next 5 days. The resort is a hotel that has timeshare facilities, from a studio to a two-bedroom apartment with its own facilities. The staff at Countrytime is extremely friendly, there is an excellent restaurant for breakfast and dinner, and there are views that are superb. Omarama is a very central spot for daytrips to Queenstown, Wanaka, and Mt Cook. Central Otago is a well-known wine area, which specialises in pinot noir. On a trip to Queenstown we stopped at a couple of wineries. The roads are excellent, and at this time of the year, traffic is fairly light. After a wonderful week, we will be keeping our eye out for another bonus week.

Lord of the Rings Pilgrimage

Created by Orl on April 7, 2004

17 Reviews
4 Stories

Like many visitors to New Zealand, I was inspired to go by Peter Jackson's (who is worshipped in his native land) films. The country did not disappoint.

Te Anau A Glow

Created by kamiri on September 19, 2003

3 Reviews

Escaping the frigid winter of Japan, a few friends and I decided to have the adventure of a lifetime in New Zealand's South Island.

Land of the Kiwis

Created by Aya on April 20, 2002

1 Review

This was my first trip to New Zealand, and it was also my first sports tour. I went with my touch rugby team. We drove around every day so we didn't ever stay long at one place.

winter in New Zealand

Created by Billy Brown on February 16, 2001

6 Reviews

I recently spent 6 months in New Zealand, working, and road tripping around the south isalnd. Here are some of the best things to do and see.

The Best things about Queenstown

Created by nonstop on December 3, 2000

1 Review

I lived in Queenstown for 6 months earlier this year, and decided to write about what I thought to be the "best bits". Queenstown is widely acknowledged as the "Adventure Capital of the World", but as I found, sometimes the obvious and most publicised things are not necessarily the best.

New Zealand's South Island - Remarkable!

Created by akakd on November 4, 2000

6 Reviews

While we enjoyed our time on New Zealand's North Island, we found the South Island to be stunningly beautiful, with some of the friendliest people we've met anywhere in the world! You won't believe what they did for us at our B&B!! Also,read on for a hint on how to get upgraded to the infamous Hermitage at no extra charge.

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