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.

Road trip as a family

The gift of adventure is one of the best things that you can give your child/children. 

These are the things that I find important when travelling as a family 

Road trips

  • Pack one bag of toys and books 
  • Snacks to nibble 
  • Extra shoes, jacket and clothes
  • If you have small kids, play with them with “I spy with my eyes” or Connect my word game. Search the net for ideas
  • First aid kit
  • Prep some food for picnic 
  • Stop every couple of hours and play with them. Find a park when possible or a cafe or river 
  • Let them have a nice sleep at night
  • We take some cold milk and food with us so we can save time going to grocery store. We’ll use the time to rest. Most hotels have fridge so it’s perfect.

Long flights

  • Extra clothes
  • In my bag that I can easily access: extra socks, some small shape maker, tissue, hand sanitiser
  • Let them wear comfy clothes and use layering
  • Medicine (Vicks, Pain reliever)