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.
© Amy Tan