I recently travelled to the New Zealand South Island and stayed for a 2-week holiday which was amazing, and I'm finally getting around to sharing the photos of it! We had such an fantastic time and highly recommend that everyone get down to visit this part of the world! We spent the first week in Queenstown relaxing, sightseeing and trying out lots of different restaurants and bars. We took a ride on the crazy Hydro Attack, which is like a shark-boat-jetski in one; it was a little bit scary as we went under water and were thrown into the air at full throttle! I then calmed my heart rate with a relaxation massage at the Sofitel So-Spa. And of course a trip to Queenstown wouldn't be complete without a drive up to the top of The Remarkables ski field.
The Fox Glacier/ Franz Josef
We travelled up north to the Franz Josef Glacier and stayed a few nights in a nearby village, Fox Glacier. Our Airbnb was hosted by a lovely farming family whose 5 dogs greeted us when we arrived! The spectacular scene above was taken at dusk on the nearby serene Lake Matheson - I love how the pink sunset showed off the ice caps of the glacier!
Next was Lake Tekapo, to witness the incredibly clear night sky from the Mt John Observatory. We donned our ski jackets (because it was freezing!) and grabbed our red light lasers as they have strict rules in place to keep the light pollution on the mountain to a minimum (locals must keep their curtains closed and the tour bus drives at night with the lights turned off!). It was one of the most amazing experiences and I was so grateful to have my camera with me to photograph the stunning scene above.
I was looking forward to our 2 nights in Christchurch as I was interested to see how the city had recovered following the horrific earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. We also spent a beautiful afternoon Punting on the Avon in a cute little gondola as our guide explainined the history of the town.
As I hope the photos show, New Zealand is a stunning part of the world full of beautiful natural beauty and lovely people. Have you been? Were there parts that I wasn't able to squeeze into my trip? I'll definitely be back one day and would love to explore the North Island too.