Our route through the South Island would see us making a complete loop of the island before ending in Christchurch. First stop was the Marlborough wine region to sample some of the local produce…
We then headed to Kaikoura for some whale watching. We managed to spot a slumbering sperm whale which was too tired to do a tail lift and sadly just sank to the depths below. Next stop were the Cailtlins where we stopped off at the most incredible place called the Lost Gypsy Caravan. The owner, Blair, had created the most wacky inventions from scrap material and created a gallery of the odd inventions.
With the weather being so miserable we made the trip to Milford Sound, one of the wettest places on earth. Due to the vast amounts of rain, waterfalls spouted from everywhere. We hired a sea kayak and hit the water to explore.
We carried on the journey north, stopping at Mount Cook for a rather disappointing view of solid cloud, before heading on to Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers which are sadly in rapid decline. Next was Hokitika, which has the most amazing sunsets and Hokitika Gorge which flows with and incredible blue colour.
On the final leg of the trip we made our way up to Abel Tasman to explore some incredible coastline with crystal clear waters. We then went directly to Christchurch to see the devastation caused by the earthquakes there. It was certainly eye opening to see the level of destruction but also the regeneration projects which are going on everywhere.