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


Lake Tekapo

Before we went to Mt Cook Village, we stopped to one of our favourite places in South, the Lake Tekapo. Brielle was playing with her brother with the stones, they were throwing it to the lake, making a tower and using the big rock as their pretend bed. They realised that if the they throw a small stone, it goes far but makes a small splash. If they used big stone, it makes a big splash. Sydney laughs every time the stone breaks into pieces.
These are the things that we usually do when we are in this place

  • Chase the wild bunnies
  • Play beside the lake
  • Read books
  • Go to Mt John
  • Ride bike
  • Play around the lake
  • Swimming at the hot pool
  • We wanted to try the star gazing at night but the kids are not allowed yet
  • Photography of the beautiful landscapes. It is beautiful during summer because of the flowers, it’s magical when it’s cloudy, the combination of the clouds and lake is perfect and its colourful when it is sunny and beautiful trees around.


NZ Road Trip

For the next four days we are going around the lower side of South Island. 

Day 1

  • Timaru 
  • Hampden 
  • Dunedin-Otago Museum

Day 2

  • Dunedin- Cadbury Chocolate factory
  • Dunedin-Larnarch castle 
  • Dunedin-Chinese garden
  • Queenstown

Day 3 

  • Queenstown luge
  • Queenstown garden

Day 4

  • Arrowtown
  • Lake Pukaki
  • Lake Tekapo

Here are some of the photos from our trip

Things that we really like about this road trip

  • Chasing the bunny
  • Finding the 8 rosters at Dunedin Chinese Garden
  • Ride the luge! It was fun
  • Eat Filipino food
  • Jumping on the beds
  • Playing at Moeraki Boulders 
  • Playing “I spy ” inside the car
  • Swimming at Tekapo hot springs
  • Mince and cheese pie
  • Making a tower out of small stones
  • Throwing stones at the lake 
  • Finding mushrooms in the woods
  • Playing at the playground
  • Chocolate factory tour, we’ve received lots of chocolates
  • Playing at Dunedin train station 
  • We’ve got gem stones
  • Play at Queenstown garden
  • Walk and cross the Arrow River
  • Ride scooter 


  • Dunedin -we really like the space and the quality of the apartment. It’s at the centre of the cbd
  • Queenstown- probably won’t be back because of the location. It was a nice place though
  • Lake Tekapo- it’s at the centre of the CBD, easy access, not so fancy, cheap and nice buffet breakfast

How did we manage to travel without letting the kids play with the ipad or watch movie

  • We played I spy with <funny description of the eyes> something like
  • Let them play with some of the unused toys from their room
  • Stop a lot and play chasing or at the playground 
  • Let them sleep
  • Make bahay bahayan 
  • Gave Zade an encyclopedia 
  • Gave Brielle some noisy toys 

How did we keep up with unpredictable weather change

  • Layering
  • Took different types of jacket, shoes, hats and jerseys

We need to only have one bag for everything 

  • Took the one big luggage and put lots of mini bags inside to separate the used ones, toiletress, swimming gears and others

Queenstown trip

We love to drive when going to Queesntown because of the journey. 

Places that we really like on this journey: Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaiki, arrow town, Wanaka and  Queenstown.

 Zade narrated all the treasures that we found

Treasure hunt

  • Find a salmon farm
  • Birds flying in flock
  • Farm animals beside the hill
  • Snowman
  • Z shape at the mountain

Day One

8:50am left home then arrived in Queenstown at 5:10pm. We were supposed to arrive at 3pm but we stopped a lot and enjoyed the journey.