We bought a car in New Zealand and traveled the south
Island staying in campgrounds and motels. We decided to leave Sally at dock and
travel by car for a change. The
weather on the south island can be quite robust so it seemed a safer way to
go. And Sharon did not want to travel any further
south than 40 degrees!
We had a great time zipping around the Island in our little car. We named the car Kiwi Lui Whaka Ewe
(with help from Terry Trashel).
Wh is pronounced like a ‘f’ in
New Zealand place names.
We did almost a car-circumnavigation of the South Island. The
scenery and the people were memorable and we treasure the memories. But it was just like a car vacation -
interesting - but little in the way of adventure. The trip was
interesting and we are glad that we did it.
The unique thing about the South Island is that it
is more remote and rugged than the North. Kiwi's consider the south
the wild west of New Zealand. Most of the
south is rugged and undeveloped. However,
hot spots like Queenston reminded us of Whistler, BC, Canada.
i.e. rampant development of a trendy ski resort.
here to look at
a few New Zealand south Island pictures. Oops,
there are a couple of pictures which were taken on our way to the south
island. If you are from New Zealand, see if you can determine which
pictures don't belong in a south island slide show.
Our South Island travels took us from windy
across the notoriously rough Cook Straight to Picton in Marlborough sound.
Marlborough Sound is very
beautiful. From there we drove
south to Christchurch and on to the
picturesque town of Dunedin
– with its Scottish roots. Next
we rounded the south coast to Invercargill. Invercargill gained
some recognition in the movie - 'The World Fastest Indian'. In
the movie the eccentric main character, hailed from Invercargill.
From Ivercargill we motored north up to the very
busy trendy city of Queenstown. Then further North and over to the west
coast towns of Hast, Greymouth, and
Westport. East and north from
up to Tasman Spit and Golden
Bay. Then Tasman Bay
and Nelson and completing the circle back at Picton.
is a slide show of the west coast.