With less than 6 weeks until we take off to New Zealand for 3 weeks it’s probably about time we started to look a little more in depth to our travel plans! Luckily we’ve got all our hotels booked as it’s peak season.
We’ve been incredibly lucky to save almost a week’s accommodation by staying with friends in both Christchurch and Auckland. This also means that we can leave the usual seeking of bars, cafes and ‘things to do’ to our tour guides!
We’re starting off with a few nights with our friends in Christchurch – we haven’t seen them since they came to our wedding in 2013 so there will be lots to catch up on. There are 2 foodie places that I’d definitely like to visit – Maison de Crepes (because it’s owned by our friends!) and C1 Espresso (because the food is delivered in pneumatic tubes!).
From Christchurch we drive down to Queenstown, hopefully going via Tekapo. We’re staying just slightly out of the hustle and bustle of Queenstown but the hotel is a 15 min walk along the lake to the main centre. We only have one activity booked at the moment – the Shotover Jet Boating experience. This was one of JB’s big birthday presents from my parents. One thing we certainly won’t be doing is a bungee jump! I’d really like to drag JB on the Skyline Gondala that goes up to a spectacular viewing point. What we can’t decide is if we should do it during the day or at night…
From Queenstown we had up the west coast stopping for a couple of nights in Franz Josef and Hokitika. There’s quite a few ways to see the glacier whilst we’re in that area – either hikes or helicopter tours. Hopefully we’ll be able to do one of these.
We’re then going further to top of the island to Nelson where we’ll stay before we fly up to Auckland. Nelson is well known for award winning wine so I’m sure we’ll sample a glass or two!
Again, once in Auckland, we’ll leave it up to our friends to be our tour guides for the 3 nights we’re there.
We don’t like to plan everything down to the hour but we like to have a rough idea of where to go for some good food and which way is which when we’re doing the driving!
Have you been to New Zealand? What can you recommend?!