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A New Zealand road trip

by Adam Foster on 27th February '10
Rock formations at Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay, South Island, New Zealand

Rock formations at Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay, South Island, New Zealand

A collection of photo’s from my recent road trip around New Zealand. It’s is such a beautiful, clean and epic country. In our 3 week road trip we managed to see plenty; driving from the North to South Island. Each drive took us through national parks, past lakes, mountains, rivers and beautiful coast lines. We had to stop every few miles – there was so much to take photos of across the ever changing landscapes.

The road trip consisted of:

  • 2796 miles driven across the North and South Islands (with a ferry trip in-between). An average of 2.3 hours a day
  • 10 National parks visited including Te Urewera, Whanganui, Tongariro, Abel Tasman, Kahurangi, Paparora, Nelson Lakes, Arthur’s Pass, Westland, Aoraki
  • 100+ Mountains including Mt Cook, Mt Ruapehu (aka Mt Doom), Mt Ngauruhoe, Mt Adams, Mt Sefton, Mt John, Mt Tasman
  • 50+ Lakes including Lake Taupo, Lake Tekapo, Lake Matheson, Lake Pukaki, Lake Rotorua
  • 12 Cities & towns slept in, including Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo, Kaikoura, Twizel, Greymouth, Takaka
  • 6 Beaches including Wharariki Beach, Hot Water Beach, Wharekho Beach
  • 3 Glaciers walked to. They were the Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier & Tasman Glaciers
  • 2 Thermal Parks, Orakei Korako & Whakarewarewa
  • 856 Photos taken, 23 gigs worth. 101 editing & liked
  • 5 Lime shakes drunk (amazing!)
  • 2 Kiwi burgers eaten
  • 0 Wild kiwis’s seen (but we did see 2 captive so they are defiantly not mythical)

Highlights would be Skydiving over Lake Taupo, driving through Arthur’s Pass, Wharariki Beach in the golden bay was stunning (that’s where this photo was taken), Lake Tekapo and the surrounding glaciers were also incredible.

The church of the good shepherd, New Zealand

Looking at the church of the good shepherd and the beautiful Lake Tekapo and Sibbald mountain range, New Zealand

Sand Dunes at Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay

Sand Dunes at Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay

Gavestone and flower at sunset

Gavestone & flower at sunset in James Hector Memorial, Botanic Garden, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand

Tree on a hill at Shakespeare Regional Park, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Shakespeare Regional Park, Auckland, North Island, NZ

Yellow Daisy

Yellow Daisy in the Botanic Gardens, Wellington

Photo of the Southern Alps, South Island, New Zealand

Now bring me that horizon

Tasman Glaciers, Aoraki National Park, South Island, New Zealand

Tasman Glaciers, Aoraki National Park, South Island, New Zealand

Silver fern ball sculpture

Silver fern ball sculpture at Civic Square, Wellington

A group of seaguls at Lake Rotorua, New Zealand

A group of seaguls at Lake Rotorua

Mt Cook, Mt Sefton & Mt Footstool, Aoraki National Park, Southern Alps, South Island, New Zealand

Mt Cook, Mt Sefton & Mt Footstool, Aoraki National Park, Southern Alps