South Island New Zealand.
It is the largest of those two islands with the less people compared with north island. I traveled from Sydney Australia and flew to Christchurch. In the middle of the night I arrived. So I could explore the real New Zealand the next day.
Christchurch still suffers from the earthquake a few years before. They still didn’t recover from it. You can still see the scars. Like several demolished and renovated buildings. But Christchurch a great place to stay to hang out. But especially do yourself a favor to wander around the city and spot different art objects.
From Christchurch I traveled to the Queenstown in the south of south Island. The most southern outdoor capital of the world. You can hike, kayak, bike, bungee jump, base jump, downhill mountainbike. So many things to do. And don’t forget eat the best hamburger in the world the Fergburger. From Queenstown you can make some trips. One of the trips was traveling to the fjords. One of the most notable one is Milford Sound. Accessible by bus and you transfer yourself on the boat. Amazing sight see the nature and local wildlife.
Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef was for me the highlight of South Island. Climb and hike the Franz Josef Glacier in the Alps. The day before you can hike all the way up to the Franz Josef Glacier. First you walk along the dry river banks to the glacier itself and see how big it is. The next day I went to the Franz Josef Glacier guides. Get some safety instructions and you get dressed an hop on the helicopter. The chopper drop you off on the glacier where you can walk around for 3 hours before you head back. And enjoy the hotpool at the end of the day.
Nelson & Abel Tasman
From Franz Josef you first pass the pancake rocks on the western shore of South Island and you travel further up north. In Nelson you can visit abel Tasman national park and visit the surroundings of Nelson and enjoy the view of the north coast.
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