Six different hotels.
One rental car.
Bring it, South Island.
Brendan and I leave for Christchurch on Sunday. We’ll be back the following Sunday, very early in the morning. We crammed a lot of stuff into a short amount of time, but I think we can bang out that ish like a boss.
Why So Little Time, Exactly?
I made the call to only spend a week in New Zealand. Me, the one with the more flexible schedule, the one who can actually take work with me if I want when I travel. I did this for a few reasons.
Brendan already took a road trip around the South Island back in 2009 (I went to the North in 2010) and I’m a fast-paced traveler by nature. It didn’t make sense to me to linger so long in New Zealand when I like to see things quickly and my travel companion has already been to the destination.
The other factor involves future travel. Brendan and I scheduled other trips in October and March and might also fly home to the States for Christmas. Plus, there are several family events taking place in 2012. Taking two weeks in New Zealand would’ve been excessive in terms of both finances and vacation time.
What We’ll Be Doing
In other words, we’ll be seeing a lot of beautiful scenery. That is the sole focus of this trip.
We spend the first night in Kaikoura, then go west through Hanmer Springs to Hokitika, my new favorite word to say. We then head down the coast to Franz Josef Glacier, Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook, Glenorchy and Queenstown. We’re staying in Milford Sound and then going back east to Dunedin, a spot recommended by Amanda at A Dangerous Business, before heading up to Akaroa and finally Christchurch. The one spot not yet factored in but on our “We Hope to Get to It” list is Wanaka.
We don’t have a lot of activities planned yet, but we’d like to do glacier hiking and possibly sail or kayak in Milford Sound. I would love to swim with the dolphins in Akaroa, but we’ll see how cold it is. We also hope to meet up with Backpacking Matt when we stop in Queenstown.
What We Won’t Be Doing
Extreme sports of any kind, at least for me. Brendan bungy jumped on his last trip to South Island, and he says he might go again, but I’ll just watch. I also don’t like winter sports either, so there will be no skiing or snowboarding. Yes, I know, this makes me the worst-ever visitor to South Island.
When was the last time you crammed a lot into a short trip?
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