7 day roadtrip through the south island of new zealand
MY FAVORITE south island SPOTS
We arrived at the Queenstown airport and took the city shuttle ($20 for 2 people) into the downtown area to our Hostel. You do not need a car to get around Queenstown.
Quennstown Hill Hike
Skyline Gondala and Luge – luging was the highlight of QT for us
Fergburger – call ahead
Perky’s Floating Bar – take your Fergburger and eat it there!!
Stay: Haka Lodge Hostel
te anu / milford sound
We took the airport shuttle directly to the Go Rentals depot to pick up our car and head to Te Anu. It was an easy and beautiful 3 hour drive to Te Anu. From Te Anu, it is a more difficualt, but SO beautiful, hour and half drive through the mountains, valleys, and farmland to get to Milford Sound.
*If driving in the winter, like us, I strongly recommend keeping updated with the weather as it would be almost impossible to get through the mountains in the snow.
Milford Sound – we did the Southern Discovery Cruise + Kayak
The last leg of our trip was a four hour drive to through the Crown Ridge to Wanaka. If you’re going in the off season, I highly recommend checking the weather before you drive to ensure there is no snow on the Crown Ridge, otherwise take the alternate route.
Arrowtown - this is a nice stop for lunch on the drive to Wanaka
Skydive Wanaka – highlight of our whole trip
Roy’s Peak – intense 5hr hike, but worth the view
Blue Pools Track – fun place to swim in the summer
Charlie Brown Crepes
The Coffee Shack
Where to stay: YHA Purple Cow Hostel
It took us an easy 2 hours to get back to the Queenstown airport and drop off our rental car!