The drive from Queenstown along the west coast and up to Picton has some of the most beautiful scenery. I will let the photo’s do the talking.
The first leg of the journey took us from Queenstown to lunch on the shores of Lake Wanaka.
From there we drove towards Haast Pass, a pit stop at The Hard Antler Bar and Restaurant in Haast. Silly photo’s were obviously a must!
Overnight camping for a rest before getting up early to witness the remarkable Blue Pools on the Haast pass.
From there we stopped and walked through the rain forest to Monro Beach to dip our toes in the beautiful crashing waves of the beautiful cool blue sea.
Refreshed we travelled on to the Fox Glacier to stay in a nice warm comfortable chalet and where we were to witness our first New Zealand glow worms in the evening. I just wish people would understand that to really appreciate a glow worm you have to turn off your torch! Up and out early again, we drove on to Franz Josef, where we stopped and took a short walk and breather to look at the glacier from one of the viewpoint.
From there we drove along the stunning coast line to Hokitika for another pit stop. On to Greymouth and Punakaiki to Murchison. Here are some random pics of the West Coast.
After quite an epic drive we arrived at our final destination on South Island, Picton. Here we stayed in a really quirky hostel called Atlantis Hotel which has been decorated by fellow travellers. Well worth a stay for the fun of it.
Sad to say goodbye to South Island but we had many more adventures to come as we headed off on the ferry to North Island… the road trip continued!