15. Mirror Lake
16. Lindis Pass/ Mount Cook/ Hooker Valley
En route while hiking on the Hooker Valley trail. Visiting New Zealand in winter does have its own set of scenery to marvel at!
This video sums up our hike on Hooker Valley when we were in Mount Cook.
17. Lake Pukaki
If I haven’t mentioned already, it rains A LOT in New Zealand. While we went in May (the beginning of winter), summer in New Zealand would still require you to dress warm, especially when night falls. Because we went close to winter, it rained exceptionally much, and they were relentless. The only good hours were in the morning, before the sky would loom for the rest of the day. Sunrise is at 7.30am, and sunset begins at 4.30pm.
As such, we weren’t able to capture as much as we had hoped. I should make another trip to New Zealand, shouldn’t I? :/
18. Lake Tekapo/ Church of the Good Shepherd
One tiny church and billions of tiny stars 🌌 this place really is magical. Especially at 2am in the morn when there's only a few of us die hards about 🙊 Have a great weekend ! ✌️ ↠ Canon 6D, Canon F4L17-40 ↠ 4 vertical shots stitched #christchurchnz #tekapo #ig_newzealand #newzealandvacations #newzealandguide #openmyworld #ig_shotz_june16 #global_hotshotz #majestic_earth #splendid_earth #wildernessculture #earthfocus #fantastic_earth #earthpix #optoutside #welivetoexplore #ig_naturelovers #australiagram_neighbours #dametraveler #mountaingirls #adventureculture #awesomeglobe #awesome_globepix #tourtheplanet #nakedplanet #nightphotography #natgeospace
Lake Tekapo is the site of New Zealand’s premier scientific astronomy observatory, Mt John Observatory. The observatory site was chosen in 1963 for the clarity and darkness of the night sky. In other words, the skies are almost totally free from light pollution, making it one of the best stargazing sites on Earth.
When we reached Tekapo, it fell on a cloudy night (chances of getting a clear night sky in winter is slim!), so we got a shot of the Church of Good Shepherd in the daylight instead!
Just when we thought we’d be leaving New Zealand without witnessing a Milky Way, let alone the Southern Lights, we caught the Milky Way in the unlikeliest place – at Christchurch!
We left Christchurch town at 12 midnight and drove an hour out of town to Birdlings Flat just for this capture. It certainly was well worth the drive and the cold. Birdlings Flat appeared to be a deserted flat land when we went in the dark, bordering creepy. The only light that illuminated us came from the moon. There and then, we were one with nature.
We were based in Christchurch for 5 days before flying off to Melbourne, and while it is not the most happening town (most of New Zealand’s shops close by 5, anyway), we managed to fit some day trips out of Christchurch. More on that next time!
Planning for a road trip in New Zealand can be a headache and extremely time-consuming. But trust me, it’ll all be worth it in the end when you road trip goes ahead without glitches.
Read: Driving In New Zealand The First Time?
You’re welcome to shoot me a message if you have any queries that I haven’t covered in detail!
For more ideas for South island itinerary, check out Tara’s South Island New Zealand Road Trip, Lady and the Tramper’s guide on where to go in New Zealand, and The Travelling Tom’s South Island travel guide that pretty much sums all you need to know.
A great itinerary for the North can be found at Samantha’s New Zealand North Island 10 Day Itinerary.
Looking to cover the whole country in a trip? Lotte offers a comprehensive 6-week New Zealand itinerary.
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