How to manage food in NZ (for Vegetarians)

Here’s an account of how we managed food while on our NZ trip. More on Deejay’s alter ego ‘Mouthfuls from Jhakal’ 🙂

You probably already know, NZ is an expensive place. Eating out all meals outside will leave a hole in your pocket. Even the stuff on food trucks is not super cheap. Besides, being a vegetarian further complicates things, correct? Actually, it’s not that difficult. Let me share how we managed it on our recent trip […]

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Butterflies in the Stomach – New Zealand Adventure Sports

It’s for a reason that New Zealand (Queenstown) is known as the adventure capital of the world!

Check out our adventure trail from our visit earlier this March.

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Kawarau Bungy

Kawarau Bridge Bungy with AJ Hackett – this is where commercial bungy first started anywhere in the world. The site is a short drive away from Queenstown and is really beautiful with the river flowing down below. Some people jumped off the bridge like it was no biggie but for us this was a real challenge and having done it, we couldn’t be more proud of ourselves 😀

It costs NZ$ 195 per person. Photos and videos cost extra if you decide to purchase them. Tandem bungy is also an option in case you don’t want to jump alone. Action cameras are allowed while jumping. Advisable to book in advance to avoid waiting. Link to website

Our Bungy jump videos here: Bungy Sakshi, Bungy Deejay

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Kawarau Bungy

Ziplining at Kawarau with AJ Hacket – having done the bungy, this will feel like a piece of cake. It’s still a lot fun especially the ‘superman’ position to go down the line. The panaroma just took our breath away. How was the water so blue?

This cost us only NZ$ 5 with a bungy jump combo promotion.

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Ziplining at Kawarau

Shotover Jet Boat Ride – this was a lot of fun and not scary at all. Again a short drive away from the city centre and again a very picturesque location. A must do for all age groups.

Cost is NZ$ 145 per person. Photos/Video additional. Only GoPro cameras allowed on board. Link to website.

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Shotover Jet, Queenstown

Heli Hike at Fox Glacier – we had booked a Heli Hike at Franz Josef but that got cancelled twice due to the weather. So we had to settle for a scenic helicopter ride to and back from top of Fox glacier. It was such a thrill to be on a helicopter for the very first time and it felt like being on the sets of Jurassic Park and Avatar combined. If you get an opportunity to do a heli hike, please go for it!

Full cost of a heli hike at Franz Josef is NZ$ 500 which includes hot pools. Helicopter only prices vary. It’s perfectly okay to bring along cameras.

Franz Josef heli hike prices. Fox glacier scenic flight we took, click here.

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Helicopter ride to Fox Glacier

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On top of Fox Glacier

And there is so much more to do. Other recommendations were Skydiving, Luge, Paragliding, Handgliding, Hot Air Ballooning and Nevis Swing/Bungy.

We were quite thrilled with all the activities we bundled up during our time there, especially the Bungyyyyyyyy … 😀

So, have you decided to take the plunge yet? 😉

Road Trip Itinerary – New Zealand South Island

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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
    • Get SGD $45 off (approx. USD $35) on your very first Airbnb stay using this link, click here.

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.

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Lake Hayes, New Zealand

Spend 1-2 days at Mt. Cook and do the Hooker valley track and Tasman Glacier viewpoint.

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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.

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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.

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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! 😀

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Somewhere near Queenstown, New Zealand

 

Epic Road Trip in New Zealand, South Island

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On the road in New Zealand

Less than two weeks ago we were in New Zealand!

The place is incredible and it turned to be an amazing holiday. We combined it with our love for road trips and it was just epic. Being on the road in NZ is an experience in itself and we just had to capture some of it.

Sharing with you a video from the same. It’s a bit long-ish (6 1/2 mins) but we couldn’t help it. The place is just breathtaking. See for yourself:

Our road trip was all in South Island from Christchurch to Christchurch with halts along the way. We will be sharing the details on it in a subsequent post soon.

Till then enjoy this video and get inspired! 😀