A few years ago after I got back from Europe I thought I had seen the creme de la creme of scenery. We had been on a remarkable drive through the hills in Germany on our way to Austria, and I almost lost my sh*t in front of 52 borderline strangers when around the corner I saw piercing blue sunny skies with the tallest snow capped mountains in the distance and a turquoise lake leading it’s way up into the hills. It was at that point that I realised there truly was heaven on earth.
Fast forward 12 months and I was off to the South Island of New Zealand. My friend had just received her first passport so to try it out I let her pick the destination. Having been to the North Island of New Zealand before, little nieve me wondered how different it could possibly be. I love the saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ and this is definitely the case for the South Island. I couldn’t possibly have 1000 words in my vocabulary to describe how distressing it is that I didn’t make the trip sooner after living next door to this country my entire life.
This picture makes me think of a white Christmas. Not that I’ve ever experienced one, but I can imagine waking up on Christmas morning to a view like this. This was taken by the side of the road from memory. You don’t have to drive far to get a nice photo, that’s for sure.
I love snowboarding, despite not being very good at it. This was taken on a beautifully still day at Coronet Peak in Queenstown one of their many snow fields. Even if you’re not a skier or snowboarder it’s worth coming up here just for the view. You feel like you’re on top of the world.
Another shot of Coronet Peak. I spent more time taking random pictures rather than snowboarding that day. Unintentionally we were visiting the South Island while they were experiencing the biggest snow storm in 30 years. It even made the news. They had to closed the Christchurch airport for about 6 hours due to the weather conditions.
This was taken at Lake Tekapo. I only took this picture with my iPhone, but I loved it so much I actually got it made into a canvas and it’s now above my TV. It started to feel like everywhere we turned there was another amazing view. Each time I thought it couldn’t get any better we would move onto the next place and there would be something else that blew me away.
And finally, who doesn’t love a picture of the open road. New Zealand, both North and South Islands are known for their self-drive itineraries. It’s super easy to just hire a car or a camper van and hit the road. We actually opted for a 7 day Topdeck tour which we both absolutely loved. We met some great people and we got driven from place to place without needing directions.
Anyone else visited the South Island in Winter? I can’t wait to go back, but I also want to check it out in Summer. I know they have some incredible bush walks. If anyone has a post for either Summer or Winter let me know in the comments. I’d love to read them.