South Island Road Trip

It’s another amazing road trip. I have drived and never felt that it was long trip. 

The kids enjoyed all the things that we did

Day One

  • Rakaia-played at the playground
  • Ashburton -played at the playground
  • Lake Tekapo-played beside the Lake. We were making wishes by throwing the stones
  • Mt Cook Village- its spring time but the mountains are still slightly  covered with snow
  • Hooker Valley- I went for a walk to the Hooker Valley and was lucky there was a rainbow.
  • Twizel- the kids enjoyed the place the we booked. They really liked the structure. 

Day two 

  • Drove from Twizel to Omarama. We stopped at the cafe for coffee.
  • We went to Gondola, Queenstown. This time we had 5 rides at the Luge. We had my birthday lunch at the restaurant then went back to Luge ride again. It was definitely fun!
  • We went to our hotel after gondola. We stayed at heritage hotel. What a perfect place, they have a nice restaurant, swimming pool, spa and sauna. Since we still have time we went to the Lake which is 2mins away from our place. They rode their scooters and we stayed beside the Lake. 
  • Birthday dinner at Heritage Hotel restaurant. 

Day three

  • Drove to Te Anau- the journey was amazing again. We saw lots of baby lambs, white cow, deers and horses 
  • Te Anau- there were Llamas beside the cafe so it was a bonus:)
  • Wildlife Scientific. Reserve- I love this place. The kids were jumping on the grass. It was so fluffy like a carpet.
  • The Chasm- this place is only a 1km walk and the trees are so stunning
  • The mirror lake- definitely a place to stop when you are on your way to Milford Sound 
  • Milford Sound Cruise- blue sky, waterfalls, watching baby penguin, there were only few passengers which is great, nice buffet food and getting close-up to the beach after waterfalls. It was unspeakable experience.

Day Four

  • Te Anau- our kids rode their scooters and I enjoyed the beautiful tulips beside the road. 
  • Arrowtown- we ate our lunch and went for a walk at the ArrowRiver
  • Wanaka- puzzling World
  • Wanaka Tree and Lake Wanaka
  • Ramada Resort- what a lovely place. They have a kitchen, separate room and living room, the kids enjoyed the pool and spa, the water slides and we managed to cook our dinner. 

Day Five

  • Lake Wanaka- went for a walk in the morning
  • Puzzling World 
  • Omarama- checked the baby lamb 
  • Salmon Farm- they fed the salmons
  • Lake Pukaki- we found this beautiful spot. There was a bunny jumping out from his house, so our kids were chasing it. 
  • Lake Tekapo
  • Christchurch

Mirror Lake

The Chasm

Arrow River

Mt Cook

Lake Tekapo

The Mirror Lake

Milford Sound

Tulips in Te Anau

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Tunnel Beach, NZ

This place is stunning. It is close in Dunedin, the southern part of New Zealand. Credits to my husband for taking this photo

(Interesting Info from dunedinnz.com)

It feels like you are in a Victorian novel and visit the stunning and evocative Tunnel Beach, where in the 1870’s John Cargill, a son of Captain William Cargill, excavated a tunnel down to a secluded beach so that the Cargill families could bathe in privacy away from the prying eyes of St Clair. The beach has massive sandstone boulders, mysterious graffiti carved into the cliffs and a dangerous rip that sadly drowned Cargill’s youngest daughter.

Wigwam Motel

The idea of cozy cone motel operated by Sally from Pixar “Cars” movie comes from the Wigwam motel. It was a surprise trip as we didn’t plan to come here. The artist from McDo Museum (1st McDo site) told us to visit this place. It’s amazing because they are still operating up to now. This place was built around 1930s. 
We went inside since we were curious how an 80 year place looks like. 

Disneyland, LA

It’s a magical place that even adults would love to come. The whole day is not enough to see everything and enjoy it at your own pace. You just have to pick your most preferred characters. These are our family’s favourites

  • Day Parade
  • Night Parade
  • Fireworks
  • Seeing Micky mouse and mini mouse houses, it was amazing to see the real size furnitures. It feels like we went to their program. 
  • Star Wars
  • Meeting the princesses
  • Getting hugs from all the characters 
  • Pineapple smoothie yum!
  • Pres. Lincoln show, wow it looks real
  • All the shops, it’s hard to choose on what to buy.