Glenorchy to Queenstown

An hour apart along a legendary road that hugs the side of Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy and Queenstown may share the same stunning views but otherwise are worlds apart. Glenorchy is a small, quiet and relatively undeveloped settlement of 360 people, ending at the rather wonderful Glenorchy Lagoon. I was a little late to catch the…

Kinloch

Only 20 minutes drive from the start of the Routeburn Track, Kinloch is a blissful spot at the top of Lake Wakatipu. There’s nothing there other the historic (open since 1868) Kinloch Lodge (which has a YHA hostel wing) and a few holiday baches. It was a little chilly in early June, but offered some…

South Island from the road

One of the downsides of travelling around New Zealand is the amount of driving (though it’s nothing compared to travelling around North or South America), with only a handful of long distance trains. Being a passenger while someone else is driving isn’t so bad though, particularly when armed with a telephoto lens and stunning scenery.…

Akaroa

One of the more pleasant places in a land filled with pleasant places, Akaroa is nestled in a nock of an extinct volcanic, now a beautiful harbour, an hour and a half drive from Christchurch. Built on the quality of it’s grass seed, it’s now primarily a tourist spot, and one of the more nicely…

Lake Tekapo & Lake Pukaki

Yes, the lake really is that colour. Despite visiting Lake Tekapo three times it still amazes me every time, particularly in contrast to the dry, yellow landscape. The town is a bit of a building site atm, but improvements can only go so far when some of the best views of the lake are from…

Timaru

Far better than reputation may suggest, Timaru is a rather lovely, if slightly dilapidated, seaside town on the East Coast of the South Island. Caroline Bay is a beautiful spot, whether seen from the top of the hill, wandering across the boardwalk, or down on the beach. The Sacred Heart Basilica is an unexpectedly grand…

Heritage Otago

Despite, or perhaps because, New Zealand is such a young country it hasn’t been particularly good at preserving it’s heritage, nor judging by the typical number and make up of visitors do Kiwis seem to be particularly keen to visit what there is remaining (at least in comparison with a typical National Trust property in…