We’ve learned that road trips need a certain amount of planning, if only to fit in everything there is to see and do. There’s nothing like being lost in the backcountry wondering where you are and whether the gas in the tank will take you to the next fuel station (here in NZ there’s often hundreds of kilometers in between gas stations).

As our last day in Franz Josef approaches- 8 days to go!-, i’ve been given the freedom and responsibility to plan the itinerary of our 14 day road trip in the South Island before we board the ferry back north on Dec 28.

Definitely on the list:


Roys Peak Track: 11 km walk to the 1571m summit.

Wanaka has been voted one of the top 10 most romantic places in the world. (By whom? 🙂)

Mt. Aspiring National Park is also a short drive from Wanaka.


The capital of adventure, it has everything from bungy jumping to jetboating, canyon swinging, whitewater rafting, parapenting and heliskiing. It has more attractions per square meter than any other similar-sized town in the world.

The world’s first commercial bungy jump is also found here, invented by AJ Hackett in 1988. Today the man owns more than 30 patents in different locations worldwide.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound was described by Rudyard Kipling, the British author and poet, as the ‘eight wonder of the world’ and is home to bottlenose dolphins, fiordland crested penguins, whales and fur seals.

More to come as i have yet to work out how many days for the walking tracks and driving distances from region to region and we definitely want to be in Abel Tasman National Park on Christmas day.