On the way to Mt. Cook, New Zealand
In the last post, we shared the amazing views and places we covered on our New Zealand road trip in a video.
This post is to share more information on the path we took and the places we covered along the way. Hopefully, it will help you get a better idea of what to cover.
The map below shows black markers and blue circles (A-G) to mark our base locations and orange markers to denote places we took day trips to from the base location or stopped at on our way between bases.
The whole trip was 10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch so we stayed in:
- Christchurch for 2 days – 1 day of arrival, 1 day before departure
- Spent 2 days at Franz Josef glacier and around
- 1.5 days in Te Anau and around
- 3 days in Queenstown and around
- Covered Mount Cook on the way from Queenstown to Tekapo with a short detour
- 1 day in Tekapo
The only thing we regret was not spending more time at Mt. Cook. There is a Hooker Valley hike that we could have also done instead of only the Tasman Glacier climb.
In terms of the weather, we choose March as it’s autumn so neither too hot, nor too cold. We did get a couple of cloudy/rainy days though. On the whole, 70% of the time the weather was excellent. Blue skies and cool breezes.
So go on then, plan your trips! 😀
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q. How did we get around in New Zealand? A. Self-drive
- Q. Where did we rent a car from and which car was it? A. From Go Rentals, a Toyota Corolla Compact
- Q. How much did it cost? A. Approx. 600 NZ$ for 10 days with excess insurance
- Q. Is it safe to drive around A. Yes very safe
- Q. How easy or difficult is the drive A. The drive is moderately difficult in patches. There are a few routes that are hilly and you need to have a good grip on the handle for these
- Q. Where did we stay? A. We stayed in YHA hostels and AirBnBs
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PS: a few call outs
All lakes are beautiful, from Lake Pukaki to Wakatipu to Hayes to Wanaka to Hawea to Moke to Tekapo! Choose anyone on a nice and bright day and it will be stunning! Moke Lake seemed to be a great site for camping and star gazing.
Lake Hayes, New Zealand
Spend 1-2 days at Mt. Cook and do the Hooker valley track and Tasman Glacier viewpoint.
Tasman Glacier viewpoint, New Zealand
Milford Sound is so worth it but check the weather before going. The place is prone to rainfall so there are very few days its sunny. It’s just unbelievable on a clear day.
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Franz Josef/ Fox Glacier heli hike is perhaps the best thing you could do there. Again the weather can play a spoil sport as it did in our case so keep your schedule flexible.
On top of Fox Glacier
Queenstown and around is great for adrenaline junkies with all sorts of adventure sports options.
On the road, you won’t find stores, eateries and fuel pumps for long distances so stock up on food and water and keep fuel tanks full.
Finally, New Zealand is too beautiful to miss so please go! 😀
Somewhere near Queenstown, New Zealand