In Wellington we stayed two nights, we decided to stay one extra night so we could see a little more of the city as we had not seen anything the last time we were there. We had the best stay with a couchsurfing host. He picked us up and and drove us to a look-out that’s really popular. Then we walked around the city, saw the harbour and Cuba street. Ate a good burger.
Mount Victoria lookout – the famous look-out!
The next day we went to a museum, Te Paka, it was so nice of him to show us around even though he had been there many times before. We were also with another person using couchsurfing that hung out with us that day. Our couchsurfing host was so passionate about his city, it was really inspiring, and we had a fantastic stay with him. People like him make couchsurfing such a great experience. Really hit the jackpot on hosts with him!
He also drove us around on the outskirts of town and showed us beautiful places! We finished the day with fish and chips by the beach. It was perfect! The next day he made us breakfast (yasss lucky girls) before he drove us to the bus, which left at 8 a.m. And he had the day off, so nice! We had such a great time in Wellington, with an amazing host.
After leaving Nelson we were going to Picton to take the ferry back to Wellington. On they way we stop in a small town known for green-lipped mussels (they call it the green lipped mussel capital of the world) where they had THE BEST pie! Mussels pie. It was so good, want to go back just to buy the pie. Havelock is the name of the coastal town which is in the Marlborough region.
We also stopped by a winery (the place is called Whitehaven), and the bus driver asked us if we were up for some wine tasting for 5 NZD. I think everyone was game. Never too early for wine 😉
On the ferry to Wellington.
Last time we were on this ferry it was a storm brewing, so it was raining the entire time, so we sat inside and couldn’t see a thing out the windows because of the weather. But this time it was sunny (doesn’t look like it in the picture, but it was actually boiling hot when it was taken) and we sat on deck the entire trip. The scenery was beautiful and we are really happy we got to experience it. We were told it was one of the most beautiful ferry-rides in the world. After a while it started getting windy, but we just got our jackets on and it was fine.
The day after arriving in Queenstown we went to Milford Sound! We had several stops along the way, so we could take photos 🙂 We were driving through Fiordland National Park which is beautiful. Surrounded by mountains. The bus drive from Queenstown is pretty long, but when your surrounded by beautiful landscape it doesn’t matter.
Just filled our waterbottles with water from the river! Tap water in NZ tastes like a pool, but this water was good. When I sent my parents pictures from Milford and Fiordland National Park they were like: “It looks like Norway”. Haha, it does look a little like Norway.
Generally we’re not that good at taking pictures. But we are improving, we want some memories from our trips.
When we finally
Milford Sound – happy girls!
When on the boat in Milford Sound it was really windy. So windy that our ear hurt. But we refused to step inside and stood on deck the entire time. Felt like this was once in a lifetime experience, so better make the most of it 🙂
After leaving Wanaka we made a short visit in Arrowtown. Since we were two buses checking in in Queenstown, our bus were going to be later so as to make less traffic. So our bus stopped in Arrowtown. It is a small, cozy and beautiful town between Wanaka and Queenstown. Actually, we got talking to one lady that owned a shop in Queenstown and she recommended us to visit Arrowtown if we had the opportunity. So happy that we got to visit the place. We love small, cozy places like this. We even talked about coming back one day and staying for a few nights. The town is a historic gold mining town. It has kept many of its historic buildings and its very charming here.
We often feel like big, new, modern cities are very.. modern. Impersonal. They all look alike. That’s why we like this town, it has its charm! Unfortunately we only had 30 minutes here, so we just had time for a stroll down the street and to buy a pie. But they have several cozy cafes, cute shops. We visited on a bright and sunny day, perfect for eating outside. They also have a museum here. So if your ever in Queenstown or Wanaka (which if your visiting NZ is very likely) stop by Arrowtown!
On our way from Franz Josef to Wanaka we stopped by Lake Matheson. This was a beautiful, sunny day! We took the walkway around the lake. Very beautiful! You can see both Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.
They also have a cafè at the before the walkway where we ate after walking. Where they have fast internet connection. Haha, wifi is rare!
Franz Josef is known for its glacier. Unfortunately when we were there it was foggy. In the picture I can not see the glacier at all, but in real life, you can see a tiny bit of it. The other thing that happened was that it had just been a storm. Which meant that the walkway that led almost the whole way to the glacier, had been destroyed. So it was not possible to walk further. We were in Franz Josef for two nights, but both were foggy. Raining on and off. It was not until the day we LEFT that it was a bright and sunny day.
It’s so green here, and weird to think about that it is a glacier when it’s so hot! Unfortunately the glacier is melting.
After staying in Westport for one night we made a stop at Cape Fouldwind Walkway. Westport is a place we don’t recommend, not much is happening there, and you need a car for seeing nearby places worth seeing. But I think it is because they have a deal with the hostel we’re staying at. Anyway, the walkway was nice. Saw a seal colony, which is really cool, they were so cute!
From Cape Foulwind Walkway
The bus stopped for a quick photostop here
After this we stopped by Pancakes Rock! It’s very beautiful there, definitely recommend going if your near-by. I’m just blown away by how incredibly beautiful New Zealand is.