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Written by Peter Smith   
Thursday, 19 March 2009 09:38


After the overland journey to Australia we spent two months travelling around New Zealand by hire car and staying in backpackers.  We spent a month on each island and although this was not long enough to do justice to this stunningly beautiful country it didd give us enough time to circumnavigate both islands.

We landed at Christchurch and spent a couple of days there seeing the sights before driving up the coast to Marlborough and Picton. From there we drove over to Nelson and up to the Gold Coast.  We then headed down the west coast stopping at Franz Josef and Fox glaciers and Pancake Rocks before heading in land to Lake Wanaka, Arrowtown (one of my favourite places) and Queenstown. From there we headed down to Milford Sound, round the southern tip of the south island and up through The Catlins to Dunedin and the royal Albatross Sanctuary. we then headed back in land up to Mt Cooke before making our way back to Christchurch stopping in Geraldine on the way.

After the crossing between Cook Straits we took in the sights of Wellington the capital and then headed up the east coast to Hawkes Bay and the Art Decor town of Napier. We then headed to the heartland of the north island, Lake Taupo and the breathtaking volcanic region up to Rotorua. Our next destination was The Bay of Plenty aptly named by Cook because of the kindness of the local natives. From there we circumnavigated the Coromandel before heading over to the west coast and up to the beautiful most northerly tip at Cape Reinga where the Tasman Sea collides with the Pacific Ocean.  We then took the road down the east coast to the Bay of Islands (Russell Island) before ending our travels on Waiheke Island. We then took a flight to Manchester via Singapore.

 For a more detailed account follow the links below or via the blog section:

South Island - North Island


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