Mr and Mrs
by terry and colleen
We went to New Zealand in December 2008. The weather was great, and we were very blessed as it made all the difference as we hired a car to travel around the south island for 2 weeks. We landed in Wellington and took the ship to Picton, stayed a night, then picked up the car to head off on our adventure around the coast.We headed to Christchurch and stayed 2 nights there so we were fortunate to be able to have a detailed look around the big city, lots of touristy things, the tram ride was great, and the church (cathedral) was being renovated at the time, but was terrific to see it just the same, as the earthquake that hit that area was devastating to the whole city.Also we went for a ride on the gondola, a bit windy that day, scary up in the hills...The trip to Queenstown was spectacular,you have to see it to appreciate the lakes and scenery, just the best we have seen.We stayed in Queenstown for 2 nights and went to the Milford Sound, took a bus to it and that was an adventure in its self as the roads are winding and narrow, creepy but a buzzz.Off to Lake Wanaka to stay the night and found a beautiful bed and breakfast on the hill, above the town and had the best view of the surrounding mountains, the people at the b&b were very helpful and friendly, the hot springs there were a great way to relax after sitting in the car for a few hours helped to revive us, so we went for walk around the place too. The weather was bad to franz josef, so we went straight through to Greymouth, to catch the TranzAlpine train back to Christchurch, the train trip is a must to see the inland and alps along the way...Ahhhh didnt want the journey to end.