Created 21-Dec-13
Modified 21-Dec-13
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First stop in the Antipodes was South Island, New Zealand, new for both of us. We rented an outfitted campervan and set off for a 10-day road trip, starting in Christchurch, through Akaroa, Lake Tekapo, Dunedin, the Fjordlands, Milford Sound and breezing through Queenstown, Wanaka and back to Christchurch.

We stayed for the most part in Holiday parks which were clean, well appointed with toilets, baths, kitchens, laundry and most importantly, jaw-dropping views.

We felt like we were in an extended National Geographic episode meets Lord of the Rings the entire time, with landscape after landscape blowing us away. The photos does it no justice!

Highlights? Awe-inspiring scenery at every turn, hiking the rolling hills, campervan-ing along gorgeous water bodies, exploring the fascinating town of Dunedin, and a breathtaking boat ride in the Milford Sound!

Overall New Zealand was a unique mix of unbelievable majesty and charming quaintness that felt like stepping back in time to a simpler life. We saw more sheep than human beings, baked goods and dining were deliciously comforting (when we weren't cooking) 'meat pies and fish & chips anyone?', and folks were humble and friendly.

Heavenly!

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Rubbish!

Rubbish!

New Zealand!

New Zealand!

Little hidden gem of a holiday park in Akaroa

Little hidden gem of a holiday park in Akaroa

All booked!

All booked!

First glimpse of our campervan spot in the gorgeous Akaroa (Banks Peninsula)

First glimpse of our campervan spot in the gorgeous Akaroa (Banks Peninsula)

View from our campervan spot-omigosh!

View from our campervan spot-omigosh!

Campervans, all in a row!

Campervans, all in a row!

Having a quiet moment.

Having a quiet moment.

Chillaxing.

Chillaxing.

Picnic Table!

Picnic Table!

Little lambs nearby.

Little lambs nearby.

Winding down.

Winding down.

Moonrise.

Moonrise.

Henry making lunch.

Henry making lunch.

The view from the lovely but rustic kitchen.

The view from the lovely but rustic kitchen.

Lunch!

Lunch!