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TOP OF THE SOUTH ISLAND
by Denise Ivers
On this 17 day trip to NZ we decided to explore the west coast and the top of the south island.
Picking up our hire car from Christchurch airport we did a quick trip to Akaroa before travelling to Greymouth through Arthurs Pass with views of the stunning snow capped
alps. Next day travelled to Hokotika Gorge then onto view Franz Josef Glacier then a relax in the hot pools. Up early the next day and off to walk up to the face of Fox Glacier with a walk around Lake Matheson with the reflection of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. Back up the coast to Punakaiki with the blowholes in good form. Hamner Springs is our next stop and after a game of golf it was good to soak in the hot springs. Next stop Kaikoura for a fishing trip with crayfish and fish to bring back for dinner. A walk around the penninsula viewing the seals and birdlife and those spectacular mountains. Onto Nelson stopping at Havelock on the way for some mussels. Another early day to drive up to Kaiteriteri beach to pick up the sea shuttle to view and walk the magnificent Abel Tasman National Park. Leaving Nelson driving through the Queen Charlotte Drive back to Picton before our Interislander Ferry trip to Wellington. A smooth ride back to Wellington on the Ferry enjoying the private lounge area. Windy Wellington lived up to its name, a cable car ride to the top gives a great view. Being a Lord of the Rings fan we did a half day organised tour around Wellington and surrounding suburbs. After spending a few days in each place our time is up in this beautiful country and we catch the plane back home. New Zealand Travel Showcase is a great site to look, plan and book your trip
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