A South Island Road Trip

Our last leg of our New Zealand journey is a loop that takes us from Christchurch to the west coast via Arthur’s Pass, south along the coast to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, south to Wanaka, and back up north via Lindis Pass and Lake Tekapo. We have four days to complete this loop, which means we’ll drive a few hours every morning and take the rest of the time to enjoy the NZ countryside.

Investigating wildflowers, Arthur's Pass

The most wonderful thing about driving in New Zealand is that someone has thoughtfully placed gravelly areas every few kilometres or so, where you can park your car and get out for a few minutes to enjoy the great views (which are everywhere.)

Usually, when we get out of the car, we’re all alone, and we think to ourselves, “If this were in the US, it would be so crowded.” Here in the South Island, though, it’s just us and the occasional campervan.

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