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Roys Peak overlooking Lake Wanaka
Roys Peak overlooking Lake Wanaka

Whether you’re looking for an adventure through the mountains or a relaxing trip to the beach, New Zealand is truly a place to satisfy everyone's travel desires. This relatively small country is only home to about 4.5 million people but boasts some of the most impressive scenery on the planet. If you go to New Zealand with a thirst for adventure, you will definitely not be disappointed.

One of the best ways to see the country is by taking a road trip in a camper van or RV. Last month my wife and I had the opportunity to do just that. We spent one week driving across the south island starting in Christchurch, ending in Queenstown and stopping everywhere in between. One week was not even close to enough time to explore everything New Zealand has to offer. One could easily spend 3 weeks just exploring the south island. Regardless of how much time you spend in New Zealand, it's guaranteed to be an epic adventure that you will never forget.

The following photos are from our Journey across New Zealand’s south island. Enjoy.

Parked at Lake Pukai
The first stop on our road trip brought us here to Lake Pukaki. Mt. Cook can be seen in the distance
Freedom camping at its finest
Freedom camping at its finest. Parked along the beautiful turquoise water of Lake Pukaki
Exploring the rocky shoreline of Lake Pukaki
Exploring the rocky shoreline of Lake Pukaki
Being dropped off by helicopter on the Tasman Glacier
Being dropped off by helicopter on the Tasman Glacier
Trekking across the Tasman Glacier
Trekking across the Tasman Glacier
Water carving through the ice
Water carving through the ice
Tasting the freshly melted ice
Tasting the freshly melted ice
Flying past Mt. Cook
Flying past Mt. Cook on our way back from the Tasman Glacier
The beautiful Mt. Cook
The beautiful Mt. Cook
vineyards at Carrick Wines in Bannockburn
No trip to New Zealand is complete without a stop at one of the many wineries throughout the country. Strolling through the vineyards at Carrick Wines in Bannockburn
Beautiful rolling hills
Beautiful rolling hills covered in vineyards in Bannockburn. Truly wine country
Approach into the Milford Sound
The approach into the Milford Sound
Landing at the Milford Sound airport
Landing at the Milford Sound airport
Milford Sound
Often referred to as the “8th wonder of the world” the Milford Sound truly is a treat for the eyes. A short flight from Queenstown or Wanaka and then up the fjord really adds to the experience
bungy jumping
New Zealand is the birthplace of modern-day bungy jumping
Bridge crossing on the Hooker Valley track
Bridge crossing on the Hooker Valley track
Flying over Aspiring National Park
Flying over Aspiring National Park on the way back from Milford Sound
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Chris Likins

Hi. I am a recently furloughed airline pilot turned full time sailor. Together, my wife and I are exploring new destinations by way of the sea on board our 54 foot sailing vessel. We have chosen to begin documenting the entire journey and share what it's like to travel in this unique way. www.outsidewatch.com

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