|Road trip route|
To give you a brief overview of our adventure, here is our itinerary:
Day 1: Christchurch to Dunedin
Day 2: Otago peninsula
Day 3: Catlins to Te Anau
Day 4: Milford Sound to Queenstown
Day 5: Queenstown
Day 6: To Christchurch
Day 7: Akaroa
Day 8 onwards: Christchurch
Traveling with another person definitely saved on costs, with expenses split about equally between rental car, fuel, food, lodging, and entertainment. Of course, picking up food at a grocery store and finding places to stay with fully equipped kitchens is another good way to save money. Buses may have been slightly cheaper, but the flexibility and challenges of driving a rental car on the wrong side of the road certainly add to the adventure.
|First sight back from Antarctica, the colors of the Botanic Gardens in full summer bloom.|
I'll take a couple of posts to share the highlights of the trip, including what I'd recommend and what I'd skip if I did it again. Of course, the next time I'm in New Zealand, I'm sure I'll be chomping at the bit to see other parts I didn't have enough time for, including Nelson and Abel Tasman, plus some of the North Island. I must say that New Zealand has felt the most welcoming and familiar out of all the countries I've visited, and it is definitely at the top of the list for places to visit again.
P.S. If anyone knows of a way to convince your camera to remove date stamps from photos after the fact, I'm all ears!