Even when there are several bus companies in New Zealand that transport you from one place to another, traveling by car is much more interesting and worth seeing. Of course, that was also an higher investment which made a big hole in my budget. But I didn’t regretted it, despite the fact that I got a big SUV with strange behaviors and I didn’t walked to some desired goals due to the wheater I had.
From Clifden to Te Anau
I started in the south in the fjord region in Clifden, a tiny and quiet village. Then I went to Manapori, Te Anau and the Fiordland National Park – one of the most beautiful I have seen so far. There are also tours in the area to Milford and Doubtful Sound. Three of the famous Great Walks start here, be sure to reserve a pass for the way and sleeping places. Due to the great popularity of this walks all places are often booked out for weeks in advance. Since everyone knows that I’m not called an early bird, I have just enjoyed the first part of the Kepler track, which was definitely a nice experience 🙂 In addition, the Te Anau Caves, also well known as the Gloworm Caves are a good destination for a visit.
From Queenstown to Wanaka
Queenstown is a little bit the St. Moritz of New Zealand, but fortunately there are also affordable accommodations and normal people like me. So you do not have to chest out and run nose up – what a blessing :-). Around the village there are numerous opportunities for hiking and relaxing. Nestled between Lake Wakatipu and mountains like the Ben Lomond, this city is definitely a visual highlight and offers all kinds of things for the lazy soul tree-eaters and active mountain goats. I felt better in Wanaka, a smaller town. Again, there are mountains and hiking trails such as the Roys Peak, one of my absolute personal borderline experiences if I go the way forward or not – who likes agonizing over three hours and only runs steeply uphill?
From Wanaka to Greymouth
The route from Wanaka towards the coast was one of my most beautiful and at the same time wetest I had. Here you actually have the feeling to be alone and to have the beautiful views for yourself. Past the Blue Pools, the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, Mt. Cook’s largest mountain in New Zealand to reach the sleepy industrial town Greymouth. There was definitely plenty of new muscle mass for the calves, eye pee and lots of blessing from above.
From Greymouth to Picton
Passing the Pancake Rocks and the sleepy Matiri, Richmond leads one road towards Picton and one north to the Abel Tasman National Park. Away from the high mountains, there was again beautiful unspoiled nature close to the water which broght me finally to the ferry in Picton.