A waterfall at Milford Sound

A week in New Zealand's South Island

Jan. 25, 2003 - Feb. 1, 2003

We spent a week driving around New Zealand's beautiful South Island, across a land of snowcapped mountains, glaciers, blue lakes and a castle with a dark history, all to the music of Lord of the Rings.

Qantas 737

Arrival in Christchurch

Jan. 25, 2003
Christchurch,

We flew to Christchurch from Sydney, but it was a long sleepless night.

Road towards the Alps

Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier

Jan. 26, 2003
Franz Josef Glacier, Hokitika, Greymouth, Hanmer Springs, Christchurch,

From the East Coast of New Zealand to the West via the Lewis Pass. Hot baths in Hanmer Springs as we drove from Christchurch to the township of Franz Josef.

Lake Hawea

The Glaciers to Arrowtown

Jan. 27, 2003
Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Wanaka, Haast, Arrowtown, Queenstown,

After visiting the icily impressive Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers it was a stunningly scenic drive down the coast to Haast and across the mountains past Lake Wanaka to Arrowtown.

The Mitre

Queenstown to Milford Sound

Jan. 28, 2003
Milford Sound, Te Anau, Queenstown, Arrowtown,

We drove from Arrowtown to a cruise on Milford Sound, before returning to Te Anau.

Taieri Gorge Railway - crossing a bridge

Dunedin and the Taieri Gorge Railway

Jan. 29, 2003
Taieri Gorge, Pukerangi, Dunedin,

Back to the East Coast of the South Island, we took a slow ride on the Taieri Gorge Tourist Railway out of Dunedin.

Statue at Larnach Castle

Larnach Castle

Jan. 30, 2003
Dunedin, Christchurch,

Larnach Castle, outside of Dunedin, has magnificent views but a very dark past. We then completed our loop around the South Island with a return to Christchurch.

Akaroa lighthouse

Christchurch, Akaroa and the flight home

Jan. 31, 2003
Akaroa, Christchurch,

On our final day in New Zealand we visited the French coastal settlement of Akaroa, took a tram ride around the centre of Christchurch then had a delayed and turbulent flight home.

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