Recently the Paterson and Wallwork family took a motorhome holiday through the South Island of New Zealand. If you are thinking of the same then this is a must read…..
We were heading to New Zealand’s beautiful South Island with our friends the Wallwork’s in 2 x 6 berth campers.
Justine had us all set to go with accommodation at the Copthorne hotel in Christchurch for our first night, this was great as we had a midnight arrival and the lovely Tom from the Copthorne came up to the airport to collect us, and make sure we were all settled in nicely. The Copthorne staff laid on a beautiful breakfast then took us in their courtesy bus to the camper hire depot. EASY!!
There is nothing quite like a road trip! And in such a beautiful part of the world, it is hard to go wrong. Although at times it seemed we were just driving between coffee shops and restaurants.
Our itinerary was fairly open (aside from some pre booked time in Queenstown) so we headed south to Timaru and then further down the following day to Dunedin, with a lunch stop at the amazing Morekai Boulders. With 4 kids in the travelling party there was no way we were going to avoid the Cadbury factory, and it was a fun visit as well as a great way to stock up on the treats for the road.
We arrived in Queenstown on our fourth day and Justine had organized a Shot over jet boat ride for us, which was ‘fanbloodytastic’ and managed to save us a bundle. Then up in the skyline gondola to buffet dinner and haka demonstration.
We hit The Remarkables the next day, shuttle bus up the mountain and the kids (and grown-ups) had a ball tubing in the snow.
Next stop was an overnight in Wanaka, before heading up the West Coast to Franz Josef for another 2 nights. Oh my goodness, will you ever tire of these views. So vastly different, on one stretch of road we had a snow capped mountain ahead of us, rainforest to the right and wild, wind-blown beach to the left! Highly recommend taking a helicopter ride to the top of the glacier, what an experience! No words for it sorry. And just to top off an adventure filled week, we jumped on some quad bikes for a guided trip across the glacier valley, (and through some wet and muddy tracks as well) FUN FUN FUN!
We then turned East at Hokitika (earthquake had just happened further North) and spent the night at a lovely campsite.
Next day – Arthurs Pass, what a drive! Just beautiful again. What an experience to see Christchurch, nearly 3 years after the earthquake the CBD is still a construction site, with so many buildings still to be demolished.
Christchurch is like a little piece of England at the other end of the world, and I would definitely head back to check it out in a couple of years when the restoration and reconstruction is complete.
So, yet another great holiday done and dusted. Thanks heaps Justine for your advice and assistance. – and a special thanks for taking our little complaint back to the camper hire firm and getting us a bit of a refund as well, was so not expected and demonstrates your focus on personal service that you followed that up for us.