New Zealand – The South Island

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The South Island has truly diverse and magnificent landscapes – the perfect place for an epic road trip!

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We explored braided rivers, snow-topped peaks, turquoise-blue lakes, and sun-drenched beaches as we drove through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular countryside on the South Island. There are rainforests and abundant birdlife, primeval rock formations, and quaint, small towns to be discovered.

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A friendly South Island Robin.

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Hiking to Franz Josef Glacier.

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The Franz Josef Glacier road trippers a rare opportunity to experience a dynamic glacial environment, in a temperate environment, while being within easy walking distance from the main highway. Franz Josef Glacier area has some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand. The glacier descends from the tops of the Southern Alps into rainforest close to sea level.

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One couple, one campervan, one unforgettable road trip around New Zealand.

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Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Milford Sound is breathtaking in any weather. Wet or fine, Milford Sound is incredibly grand. Mitre Peak magnetizes photographers, and the fiord’s sheer cliffs excite both admiration and apprehension.

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The fiord’s cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect.

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“For thousands of feet upwards the eye looks upon straight cut rocky frontages, not worn smooth by time, or by wind or water, but as sharply defined and as fresh looking in all respects as if riven asunder but yesterday by the stupendous wedges of Titanic Masons.“

– James Hingston 1883

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A Rare Fiordland Crested Penguin.

There was a real buzz when we first saw the penguins. They’re a very special bird as they’re so rare, we’re so lucky to be able to see them.

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Hemmed in by the wild Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps, the West Coast is like nowhere else in New Zealand.Unsurpassed views await those that embark on the fabulous Coast Road drive, with spectacular mountain vistas, panoramic ocean seascapes and lush rainforest.

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New Zealand was one of the most beautiful countries to drive through for the scenery and the vast scale of the place.

– Louise Nurding
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Crossing to the North Island.
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New Zealand was one of the most beautiful countries to drive through for the scenery and the vast scale of the place.


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