First Time in Japan – Travel Itinerary

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Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

There is a lot to do in Japan and planning your very first trip could seem daunting. For our own maiden trip to Japan, our initial thoughts were to cover Tokyo and nearby cities and then fly to Hokkaido and spend a few days there. Later though, we decided that for a 11 days trip it will be a lot of running around so we changed our plans and decided to soak in the places at a slower, more relaxed pace. Here is what we covered overall.

  • Tokyo (Day 1-4) – Explore this sprawling metropolis
  • Hakuba (Day 5-6) – Relax and enjoy some peace, quiet and natural beauty at this little ski village. We took our very first ski lessons ever 🙂
  • Hakone (Day 7-8) – Enjoy the slow pace in this small town and take a day tour to enjoy beautiful landscapes
  • Kyoto (Day 9-11) – Soak in the historic side of Japan in this former capital

Here is some useful information, before you start planning your own trips.

Getting to Japan – Wherever you are in the world, chances are that you will land in Tokyo most likely. There are two airports you can fly into – Narita and Haneda. Haneda is closer to the city and to get to the city you can take buses. Narita is further away and best option is to take the Narita Express that runs every 30 mins

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A boat cruise on Lake Ashi, Hakone, Japan

Getting around in Japan – Public transport is great and very efficient so just get subway passes in places like Tokyo and Kyoto. For intercity travel on the Shinkansen (bullet trains) invest in the Japan Rail Pass. Do note that the JR pass also works on certain lines in the city subways, so check before you plan your day. Make sure to collect your JR passes at the airport. We purchased the passes online and collected the passes at Narita.

To get to Hakuba, we boarded the Shinkansen from Tokyo station to Nagano. And from Nagano took a one hour bus ride to Hakuba. From Nagano to Hakone, we took the Shinkansen again first to Tokyo and from there to Hakone. From Hakone to Kyoto was another Shinkansen ride. And then to fly out, Shinkansen from Kyoto to Tokyo and then from Tokyo station to Narita by Narita Express. It may seem like a lot but the journeys are quite seamless and convenient in Japan

Understanding the Shinkansen? Read this very helpful guide, link here.

When to visit – We visited in late winter as it’s the non-peak season. It was a welcome change for us and we enjoyed the winter days. Cherry Blossom is obviously the peak tourist season but that also means loads of crowds, high prices and advance bookings for everything. The other popular season to visit is autumn. With the changing hues, the landscapes look beautiful

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Beautiful day in Hakuba, Japan

Where to stay – We stayed in Airbnbs in Tokyo and Kyoto which were cozy, clean and pocket friendly. In Hakuba and Hakone, we stayed in hostels. K’s House in Hakone was a great hostel stay where we slept on tatamis. And almost everywhere, you get the heated toilet seats which were so awesome in the winters! 😀

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

Other things to note – As taxis are quite pricey you will be hauling your luggage quite a bit. So try to travel light. Other thing would be to download a translation app as english doesn’t take you too far. Labels in supermarkets and shops are often in Japanese

For things to do in each of these places, jump to our travel vlogs. Subscribe to Travel Keede on YouTube if you enjoyed them 🙂

  1. Things to do in Tokyovlog link
  2. Winter Wonderland in Hakubavlog link
  3. One day in Hakonevlog link
  4. Things to do in Kyotovlog link
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Fushimi Inari Shirine, Kyoto, Japan

The Year That Was – 2017

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Sunset over Agra, first time ever witnessing such a beautiful sunset in our own backyard

We’re at work, winding things down and even though it’s the end of the year, things still feel a bit crazy. Last working day before the holidays is finally over and we start feeling just a tinge of excitement. Back home, last minute packing and cleaning up the house has been accomplished. Next day early morning at 5:00am,  we are off in a Grab taxi to Changi airport. After the usual drill of checking in, immigration and security, we warm up at the sight of a beautiful sunrise while waiting at the gate. We take off and a couple of movies and a hot indian breakfast later, the plane has landed.

Every year for the last 5 years we have celebrated new year in India. It has become a custom of sorts. Every year we look forward to experiencing north indian winters and welcoming the next 365 days surrounded by family. The days between Christmas and New Year are spent meeting friends and family, gorging over home made meals, sipping endless cups of adrak chai, mom’s tomato soup and shelling peas.

2017 was no different. While, it takes a couple of days to get used to India and its ways, by the end of the trip we know we’ll be homesick.

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Mustard fields in bloom, a common sight during North Indian winters

What made this trip special? Well it was a lot of things, as it usually is. In the 10 days we were there, we managed :

  • 1 road trip – from Delhi – Agra – Delhi via the Yamuna Expressway
  • 5 family get togethers – 1 breakfast, 2 dinners, 1 evening tea and 1 BBQ on NYE. And oh the home made food was just so comforting. And there is just something special about BBQ-ing in winters that you’ll never experience in tropical weather
  • 2 friends get togethers – both on roop top terrace cafes. Winters and open air cafes? Add to the list of winter experiences we look forward to
  • 1 indian wedding – where we dressed up, clicked more than necessary amount of photographs, enjoyed the indian wedding scenes and needless to say – the food
  • 1 excursion to Wildlife SOS elephant sanctuary – an NGO which runs centers for rescued animals which you can visit, volunteer at and also make donations to. Check out their website here
  • Ate out on several occasions – from breaking the fast with Agra’s favourite breakfast, Bedhai Jalebi to enjoying South Indian food at Dasaprakash. From relishing north indian dhaba food to the popular indian street food … it was all a gastronomical adventure
  • Getting important stuff done – adult stuff like managing our finances and investment 😀
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Foggy morning in Agra, -8 degrees centigrade

We’ve come to realise how fortunate we have been – for friends, family and their love in our lives. Every time we leave from our house in India, we feel overwhelmed by how loving and selfless so many people around us are especially, our parents. Beyond that, we have travelled. As much as our working lives allowed us to. And it has been great!

Here is a recap of the Year That Was – 2017. Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed the video

Happy Twenty Eighteen folks. Here’s wishing you the best of everything 🙂

Here is the Year That Was – 2016, just in case.

 

Sydney & Melbourne through 12,000 eyes!

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iflutteredby’s favourite picture from the Australia trip

iflutteredby has been our travel companion for a few times now. Let’s know more on our Australia trip through her (12000!) eyes 😀

Hi iflutteredby,

Today we’ll talk about your maiden trip to Australia, together with Travel Keede!

But first, tell us about yourself. Where do you come from? How did you come to enjoy travelling?

Well, I’m a 20-something-year-old from this dusty little town called Agra in the most populous state in India. To be honest, I never thought about becoming a ‘traveller’ or a ‘nomad’ when I was growing up. I never made a bucket list or had a long list of places I wanted to visit. In college, I started exploring places around Pune, and I realized ‘Hey! This is fun. I want to do more of this.’ And that’s how it all began. Since then, I’ve been utilizing all the rare long weekends I get to pack in as much travelling as I possibly can.

Tell us about your trip. The events that led to it?

Well, like it always does, my sister had a random idea, and after discussing it with her husband, decided to make me a partner in crime as well. Of course, I was totally up for it.

Where in Australia did you visit? What were some of your best experiences?

Our two major base camps were Melbourne and Sydney. In Melbourne we visited the State Library, Degraves Street, DFO, and other prominent spots around the commercial areas. The Hozier street art, the free walking tours and the tram rides were some of the highlights.

Oh, and how could I ever forget the Great Ocean road trip? Picture this. You’re driving down a smooth, open road that stretches for miles and miles ahead of you. There are ever-changing oceanic vistas on your left, and beautiful, lush rainforests on your right. The music is on, the breeze blows your hair back, and just for a teeny second, you wonder if it is all a dream. We went all the way to the 12 Apostles – basically huge, natural structures made of limestone — and back.

The view from there was, by far, one of the best I’ve seen.

Sydney welcomed us like a bright ray of sunshine after the rainy weather in Melbourme played spoilsport. We visited Circular Quay and witnessed the Opera House in all its glory. Bondi beach was heartbreakingly beautiful, and we fell in love with the coastal walk and the deep blue ocean. We took a ferry ride to Manly beach, ate at the darling restaurants at Darling Harbour, and even went for a hot air balloon ride at Hawkesbury.

I’m sorry there’s just too much to talk about and this space seems too limited! 😀

How did you manage accommodation and food? Being a vegetarian, was it tough for you to manage the food situation? Any places you’d recommend?

Travel Keede managed accommodation, like always. Airbnbs always work the best in places like this. It’s a shared space, so it’s easier on the pocket, gives you more room and is a little more intimate than hotel rooms. Plus, you have the whole apartment to yourself, you can cook your own meals if you feel like, and the overall experience is a little more homely. After a day or two, you don’t feel like you’re just a visitor. I remember thinking to myself, “Hmm, I could get used to this!”

The food was brilliant wherever we went. Surprisingly, a lot of people in Australia are vegetarians. It makes sense, as a lot of them are into fitness and healthy lifestyles. No matter what time of the day it was, we always saw a bunch of people jogging, running, surfing. And goddamn, they have good bodies.

So anyway, food is not an issue for vegetarians at all. You get superb coffee, bakery items, Italian food, the works! We went to this upscale restaurant called Veggie Bar in Melbourne, and everything we ate there was perfection. Coffee and croissants at Portobello at Circular Quay are pretty awesome. We also visited the Rocks weekend market, and the food there was to die for. (This isn’t a hyperbole. It was that good!) Do try the Japanese pancakes and corn with chilli and butter on it! Mmmmm.

It would have been a crime if I hadn’t mentioned having breakfast at Bill’s in Sydney. We waited in line for half an hour to get a table, but trust me, we wept with tears of joy once our food came. Soft, fluffy pancakes, all sorts of salads, omelettes, fruit bowls, shakes, smoothies. It was like attaining salvation for a while. Food nirvana, is what I’d like to call it. The quality of ingredients used to make everything was unbelievable. To this day, my taste buds thank me for it. You cannot miss this. Cannot.

What was your impression of the local life in the cities you visited? What will be your one big takeaway or takeaways from it?

The local life seemed pretty chill. People mostly seemed happy and relaxed. They’re thrill-seekers, what with their surfing and hiking, and road trips and adventure sports. They’re peaceful, and huge fans of art and culture, and man, do they love their food!

My biggest takeaway would be this: When in doubt, have a beer. Also, have the Yellow Tail wine.

How did you feel on your way home after the trip ended? Did the trip add value to you as a person?

Of course, you feel heavy and a tad glum after a trip ends. But you feel more enriched as a person. There’s so much more you witness about humanity in general. You see a whole bunch of people living on a completely different part of the planet. You get to peek into their lives, their beliefs, their culture. It makes you question everything you have grown up thinking. There’s so much to see out there. The more I travel, the more I want to travel, because come on. We only have one planet. Gotta explore it while we can!

Where are you off to next? Any plans brewing?

Yes, I’m off to Bhutan in a few days, and I’m so excited! We’re planning to visit Thimphu and Paro. Looking forward to the three ‘Ms’: mountains, monasteries and momos! Also, the treks and fresh air.

Where can we see more from you? Blog, social media?

The link to my blog is: https://iflutteredby.wordpress.com/ and my Instagram handle is @asthaprakash

Follow me. I’m a cool person. (No, I’m not).

Check out the Sydney vlog put together by iflutteredby!

 

 

Give Agra 2 days, at least

If you are travelling all the way to Agra, you should give the town at least 2 days. Visiting The Taj Mahal could be the top of your agenda and understandably so, but there are more things you can do which are so worth it.

Here is our suggested itinerary.

Day 1: The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Mohabbat the Taj show

The Taj Mahal on a december afternoon

The best time to visit the Taj is early morning as there are less crowds. It’s open from sunrise to sunset and there is no limit to the time you want to spend there once inside. See more info here

A lot has been said about this monument of love so we won’t elaborate but it is a beautiful structure so do queue up, go up-to the main platform and visit the tombs inside.

The Taj Mahal, up close

Once you’ve visited the taj, have your breakfast/lunch depending on the time you visit. Then head to Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This fort was built by Mughal ruler Akbar in red sandstone. It served as the royal residence as well as a military strategic base. The fort is well maintained so you will be able to admire the structure. You also get views of the taj from the fort. More info here

Inside Agra Fort

In the evening, catch a song and dance show called Mohabbat The Taj at Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Center. A retelling of the story of emperor Shah Jahan and the love for his queen Mumtaz Mahal leading up to the construction of the Taj Mahal.

Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Center

Day 2: Fatehpur Sikri and Mehtab Bagh

Head to Fatehpur Sikri, the first planned city built by the Mughals and a UNESCO World Heritage site as well. It was also built by emperor Akbar and served as the Mughal capital for 10 years. It houses different buidings within the compounds so give the place at least 2 hours. It’s an hour drive away from Agra so plan accordingly. More info here

One of the buildings at Fatehpur Sikri

If you are yearning to get another unobstructed view of the Taj without the hassle of queuing up and getting inside the main compound, head to Mehtab Bagh where you get clear views of the monument. Best time to go would be the sunset which also gives a great photo opportunity.

Taj Mahal in the backdrop from Mehtab Bagh

If you have an appetite for more architectural marvels, here are our suggestions:

Sikandra – the mausoleum of Akbar

Itmad-ut-Daula – a beautiful mausoleum made entirely of marble

A few other things to note:

  • When to visit: Best time to visit the town is in the months of Nov – Feb while Oct and Mar are passable. Besides, do not to visit on a Friday as most monuments are closed for public viewing
  • Getting around: Public transport is not great, best is to hire your own car rental with a driver. Trust us when we tell you, you don’t want to drive yourself in Agra if you are a foreigner.
  • Accommodation: Agra offers all types of accommodation – from 5-star hotels, airbnbs to budget stays. Look for a stay around Fatehabad Road as it’s closer to the monuments
  • Food is great in Agra, especially the north indian mughlai food. Think tikkas, kebabs and garlic naan.

And lastly, this city has been long neglected by the authorities even though it is rich in history and culture. So go with an open mindset, ignore some inconveniences and admire it for what it does offer.

Have a happy journey! 🙂

Taj Mahal compounds

 

4 Days in Singapore? Here are the to-dos

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A traditional bum boat in the backdrop of Marina Bay Sands

Friends, family and acquaintances have often called us up and asked us about things to do in Singapore when planning to visit.

Typically, the length of the visit is 3-4 days as a visit to Singapore is often coupled with another south east asian destination, most notably Malaysia.

So here are a couple of itineraries we suggest to help you plan:

Itinerary 1: Fast paced, lots to do

Day 1: Sentosa

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Sentosa Island view from the cable car

Plan an entire day at Sentosa. You can get there by taking the monorail from Vivo City Mall or take a cab directly from whereever you are. Alternatively,  take a cable car from Harbour Front but that’s a bit pricey.

There are several options at Sentosa but we recommend Universal Studios if you are keen on amusement parks. Other suggestions would the the S.E.A Aquarium, Luge and Images of Singapore museum.

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SEA Aquarium, Sentosa

Day 2: Chinatown, Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center, Marina Bay, Clarke Quay

Start the day by visiting the Chinatown Pagoda Street Market. Visit the Buddha Tooth relic temple nearby.

Head to Law Pa Sat Hawker Center for lunch. Hawker Centers are a way of life in Singapore and this one is one of the oldest. Plenty of local and vegetarian options are available here.

Early evening head to Marina Bay area. Here you get to view the Merlion and the Marina Bay Sands hotel. If you have time at hand, visit the Marina Bay shoppe or take a ride on the Singapore Flyer nearby. As evening descends, come back out outside the shoppe and enjoy a beautiful sunset, weather permitting.

Later catch the free sound and light show at Marina Bay right outside Shoppe, called Wonder Full.

Take a bumboat river cruise and get down at Clarke Quay for drinks and food.

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Sunset from Marina Bay

Day 3: Little India, Arab Street, Gardens by the bay

Start with strolling around in Little India, catch the sounds and smells from the Indian subcontinent and glimpse temples along the way. Then head to Arab Street or the muslim/middle-eastern quarters. Stroll around Haji Lane and check out boutique stores and wall art, then complete the circle by going up to Sultan mosque. Or you can reverse the order and rest for lunch – indian or middle eastern depending on what you choose to visit second.

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Street art at Haji Lane

In the evening head to Gardens By the Bay and catch the free Garden Rhapsody show. Later, visit one of the night haunts in Singapore – Club Street or Holland Village.  Level 33 is another suggested bar with a view. For an amazing rooftop bar experience, we recommend 1-Altitude.

Day 4: Zoo, Bird Park/Museums, Orchard Road, Casino or Parks

Visit Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park esp. if you are with kids. Else head to one of the museums. Our suggestion would be the National museum or Art Science museum.

Head to Orchard Road, the shopping mecca where you can find everything from a Zara to a Louis Vuitton.

In the evening, you may visit the Casino at Marina Bay Sands which is free to enter for foreigners. Then go to the terrace bar at Marina Bay Sands called CE LA VI. If you just want to enjoy the view, you can goto upto the hotel sky deck for a fee.

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View from top of Marina Bay Sands

If Casino doesn’t interest you, picnic at one of the many parks. Our picks will be – East Coast Park, Labrador Park or Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Itinerary 2: More relaxed

Day 1: Hop on Hop off, Marina Bay

Start the day with taking a hop on hop off bus tour. This will give you a good overview and you can decide where you want to get down or what you’d like to revisit.

Spend the evening in the Marina Bay area – enjoy a coffee/drinks as the sun sets and watch the city skyline as it grows dark. Also, catch the free sound and light show at Marina Bay right outside Marina Bay Shoppe, called Wonder Full.

Day 2: Parks, Little India/Chinatown or Arab Street, Gardens by the bay

You can picnic at one of the many parks in Singapore. Our top picks are – East Coast Park, Labrador Park and Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Next visit Little India, Chinatown or Arab Street depending on which area you prefer or do all. Later in the evening, visit Gardens by the bay and catch the  free Garden Rhapsody show in the super tree grove.

End the day with food and drinks at Club Street or Holland Village.

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Super tree grove, Gardens by the bay

Day 3: Museums, Law Pa Sat, Clarke Quay

Start the day with visiting one of the museums. We suggest the National Museum. Some also prefer Art Science museum or you can do both.

Lunch at a hawker center to get a flavor of local way of life. We suggest Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center, one of the oldest in town.

In the evening take a bumboat river cruise and enjoy food and drinks at Clarke Quay. You can also enjoy views from Singapore Flyer, the ferris wheel near Marina Bay

Day 4: Sentosa, Orchard Road

Head to Sentosa, visit the SEA Aquarium, try the Luge or relax at a beach side cafe. Also pop by the Images of Singapore museum.

Stroll/Shop at Orchard Road, the shopping hub in Singapore.

Some FAQs

Q What are the options for airport transfers? A Taxi from the taxi stand is the fastest way. Just queue and hop onto one and you should be at the city center in 30 mins, costs around 30-35 S$. The other cheaper option is the MRT (metro/subway) which costs around 3 S$ and should take about an hour to the city center. But you still need to get to your accommodation from MRT station which could be a walk if it’s close by or a short cab ride

Q How to get around within the city? A Singapore has a very good public transport system of buses and MRT and that’s the cheapest way. While you can purchase tickets on the spot, a good idea is to purchase a EZ Link card from a MRT station or a 7-Eleven store. Start with 15-20 S$ and top it up as needed. Other more convenient option is cabs – Uber, Grab and local taxi services like Comfort, TransCab, Premier, CityCab etc.

Q Which is a good weather to visit? A The weather in Singapore does not differ much throughout the year. It’s usually hot and humid but it can rain anytime of the year giving some respite from the heat. As such, this is ‘anytime of the year’ destination

Q What type of clothing is best suited for Singapore? A Wear light comfortable clothing for outdoor touring – shorts/skirts/summer dresses for women, t-shirts, cotton shirts and shorts for men. If you intend to go clubbing/partying/fine-dining just go with whatever you wear anywhere else in the world

And you are all set!

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