New Zealand the Southern nation in the globe, located in the south east of Australia have a beautiful natural landscape. I have put New Zealand in my travel list long ago.
There are 2 biggest island in New Zealand, the North Island and the South Island. Both islands have their different wonderful and charming landscape.
My itinerary for 3 days Southern New Zealand trip
- Day 1, Christchurch to Lake Tekapo
- Day 2, Lake Tekapo to Queenstown
- Day 3, Queenstown to Milford Sound through Mirror Lake
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After flown long distance journey from Singapore finally I landed at Christchurch. Christchurch is one of the largest city in the South Island and have many option for what to do and what to see. You can search your activity here.
This time Christchurch just for transit before going to Lake Tekapo. I choose my first stop at Christchurch Botanic Garden, because I want to take a deep fresh breathe after long hour in the flight.
A gentle breeze accompanied my journey in this garden.
After filling my lung with fresh air and refreshing my eye with the green grass and colorful flowers, we continue to Cashmere Hill Lookout, where we could have the best Christchurch panoramic view.
Cashmere is a Christchurch’s suburb where the higher income live.
From Cashmere Hill our journey continue to Tekapo Lake, and along the journey as far as my eyes can see there are blue sky with vast green landscape which sometimes decorated by cows, horses and sheep.
Finally we arrived Lake Tekapo in the evening, and the blue sky reflected in the Lake Tekapo surface.
There are a church near Lake Tekapo, named Church of Good Shepherd. It was built to memorized the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country, and the building is still sturdy with neatly arranged stone.
Another sign on the Lake Tekapo is Mackenzie Sheep Dog statue to memorized the clever Friday (the name of the dog) which already serve the Mackenzie to drove flocks of sheep inland to being discovered by the authorities, because James Mackenzie was a sheep stealer.
Before check in to our resort, we had dinner at restaurant near Lake Tekapo and this is our dinner set menu, the taste is delicious and the hot soup keep my body warm.
We finished our first day at Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo.
We have a little cloudy this morning but it don’t make me disappoint, I can enjoy the fresh air, take a deep breath and look around the resort. This is the morning view of our resort.
Before starting our journey, first I have to take my breakfast today.
Mmmh I like New Zealand milk and honey, it’s very delicious.
Today we want to go to Queenstown our next stop.
During that journey we stop by at Mrs. Jones’s Fruit Stall in Cromwell, where we can buy some fruit and vegetables. Besides Fruit Stall they have orchard garden, too.
Our journey continue to Kawarau Bridge, where you can challenge your courage through bungy jumping experience from 43 m high and at the end you can touch the water.
Finally arrived at Queenstown at the evening. Queenstown is known for it’s adventure and ski tourism.
We spend the night at Novotle Queenstown Lakeside in the heart of the city. Form Hotel I can walk to Lake Wakatipu, where I can feel the fresh air and as far as I see was the blue sky and beautiful lake views.
Today I started my travel from Hotel to Skyline, where I can view Queenstown from above. This Gondola open for public from September 1987 and form this Gondola I can saw Lake Wakatipu with the greatest depth is 372 m, Queenstown city, Queenstown Bay and Queenstown Gardens. What a wonderful view.
From Skyline I continue to Mirror Lake.
Mirror Lake named after the reflection of the sky and make the surface like a mirror. Lucky for me that I can see the rainbow at Mirror Lake.
After take some photo here we continue to Milford Sound.
Milford Sound located in the Fiordland National Park, it’s very beautiful with their cliffs and waterfalls scenery, You can get around the lake on a boat or by helicopter. But in my opinion the best experience to see the beautiful waterfall by boat ride.
Although it was cloudy and I got some light rain here, I still can saw the beautiful scenery and waterfall. I think this is the perfect place for relax.
3 days was not enough for exploring Southern part of New Zealand, there are many beautiful place to visit but I have to say goodbye to this beautiful island.