South Island Part II

From Milford Sound back up to the north to Picton along the West coast.

WHAT WE DID

Wanaka

A stunning vibrant town with plenty of shops and food places to explore with the beautiful lake and mountain views on the background.

**All freedom campers make sure you check out the Wanaka Service Hub for free hot showers/wifi/water and dumping facilities!**

Fox Glacier

The glacier road was closed when we were visiting so we explored Lake Matheson instead which had a beautiful walk around the famous mirror lake. Definitely recommended!


Franz Josef Glacier

We did the glacier walk here – a relatively easy 1hr 30min return trip to the bottom of the glacier. If you haven’t seen glaciers before we would recommend, however if you’ve seen them before we didn’t think it was the most spectacular.

Hokitika Gorge

Beautiful place to relax on the cliffs after a short 15min walk along the river.


Attempted: Lake Rotorua

We turned off the main road and this happened! Luckily, Jonas is an expert at changing tires.

Abel Tasman

We chose to kayak here instead of Milford Sound as they offer freedom kayaking instead of just with kayaking with tour guides. We were allowed to go off on our own for the day and explore the beaches, islands and get up close and personal with some seals and their pups!


Picton

We had a few hours to explore Picton itself before getting on the ferry through the fjords and back over to the North island. It is a lovely little town with some great places to eat/grab a beer or relax on the waterfront.


WHAT WE LIKED MOST

Wanaka

As mentioned above the vibe of the place just brought it to life!

Abel Tasman

Best place to kayak freely!

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

Franz Josef & Fox Glacier area

Unfortunately for us being on a tight budget we felt a little underwhelmed by these areas. They attract so many people but mainly for the helicopter tours and glacier walks which were just WAY out of our budget so we settled for the free walking activities, which were beautiful, but I don’t think we left feeling as awe struck as other people who did the costly activities might.