Friday, October 4, 2013

Two Weeks South Island Itinerary

During my working holiday in New Zealand I took 2 weeks off work to go on a short trip around South Island for 2 weeks.

The following was summary of my expenses:

Food & Drink

Route: Christchurch - Arthur's Pass (2) - Greymouth - Punaikaki - West Point (Cape Foulwind) - Greymouth (1) - Fox Glacier (1) - Franz Josep (1) - Wanaka (1) - Queenstown (3) - Arrowtown - Dunedin (1) - Oamaru - Timaru - Christchurch (1) - Akaroa - Queenstown (1) - Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (2) - Cromwell - Ashburton

Accomodation: Stayed mostly in BBH (backpacker hostels). Price ranging from NZD 23-26 ( price after NZD3 deduction when using BBH card). Couch surfed with my Wellington CS host who moved to Queenstown.

Hitch-hike: Most of the time; altogether 16 rides. Longest ride: Cromwell to Ashburton; picked up by 3 French guys who were doing car relocation.

Car relocation: Twice. 
* Queenstown - Christchurch, relocating a Toyota Yaris with Budget car rental 
Queenstown - Arrowtown - Dunedin (1) - Otago Penisula - Oamaru - Timaru - Christchurch (1)
**Christchurch - Queenstown, relocation Dahaitsu Sirion which was manual with Jucy. Engine went dead 8 times.

Both cars were picked up from airports. We only paid for insurance. I traveled with my host Erika on both relocation.

Lakes Visited/Passed by: Lake Matheson, Lake Wanaka, Lake Wakatipu, Lake Tekapo, Lake Te Anau

Hiking Trail: Arthur's Pass - Avalanche Peak Track (Up), Scotts Track (down), Queenstown Hill Walkway

Interesting places visited: Punchbowl Waterfall, Punaikaki Rock, Fox Glacier, Moeraki Boulder, Milford Sound, Baldwin Street (World Steepest Street in Dunedin).

Activities: Fox Glacier Hike, Milford Sound Cruise (Jucy).

P/S: Contact me if you need more information, suggestions or have questions.

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