New Zealand has the most incredible views around every single corner and you also don’t have to drive as far to find them. The relocation I chose was Queenstown to Christchurch- one of the most beautiful drives on the South Island and one of the best ways to travel New Zealand.
Make sure to spend some quality time in Queenstown before the drive. There are so many walks and activities around, you can’t really go wrong. Try the Mount Alfred or Ben Lomond hike, or if you’re feeling reckless try bungee jumping over the Shotover. There has to be a reason so many people do it here.
Day 1 Queenstown – Wanaka
Pick up your $1/day imoova relocation and get ready to make the most of the next few days. New Zealand might just be the most photogenic country in the world so keep your camera ready. No worries if you’re not a professional photographer- just let the landscape do the talking. Head to Wanaka, where you could spend your first night.
There are two ways to get here: either via the Crown Range Road which goes past Cardrona and has some incredible views, or if it’s closed, you can go around the mountain via the many beautiful wineries and end at Wanaka’s famous Rippon Vineyard. There’s so much to do in this area- if you’re the fit and adventurous type, climb Roy’s Peak in the morning. It’s about a 6 hour return hike and a steep climb but the view is 110% worth it. If the relentless incline is not your style, try the Rob Roy Glacier walk- about 1 hour out from Wanaka.
Day 2 Wanaka – Aoraki
Make your way to Aoraki/Mount Cook. It is only a little out of the way and an absolute must see. You could stop at the famous Omarama Hot Tubs on your way and have a 2 hour soak to refresh yourself. The road to Mt Cook will take you along the high country tussock alongside Lake Pukaki. If you don’t mind the cold (it’s the highest peak in Australasia)- camp at the White Horse Hill Campground and don’t forget to look up as you go to sleep. Mt Cook is part of the dark sky reserve- some of the best stargazing. They even run stargazing tours, shooting stars guaranteed.
Day 3 Aoraki – Christchurch
Head to Lake Tekapo where you can spend the morning kayaking and relaxing in the Tekapo springs and grab a coffee at the Astro Café. Take a look at the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd on your way out. Alternatively you could head out to quirky Lyttleton or get in touch with nature at Akaroa.
It’s only a 1 hour drive back to Christchurch from Akaroa, 3 hours from Lake Tekapo. After you drop off, you can explore all Christchurch has to offer and admire their resilience after the ‘quakes. Remember to keep your receipts for the relocation free fuel allowance.
Unless you decide to live on the road for a while, you probably won’t get to see every magnificent place in New Zealand. This whirlwind trip gave me a good taste of New Zealand’s South Island and I couldn’t wait to do my next relocation- Christchurch to Auckland!