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SOUTH ISLAND
Day 8
Cromwell to Mt Cook to TeKapo

We woke to the most beautiful day, was t shirt weather, had a bit of a sleep in as every morning had been full on and the kids were getting tired.

Hubby had seen Highland Motorsport park the night prior and googled what time it opened. It was opening at 10am so we headed there first. This was a wee gem we didn't know about but glad we found it. There is go kart racing, a car museum, fast Laps, a Cafe and of course the loo with views!

We ended up sending our son for a ride in the Ferrari and this made his day. He loved it. We then did the Porsche electric car Tycann 0 to 120km in 2.5 seconds fast starts. Hubby, our daughter and I did this was very cool. After our rides we looked through the museum, had lunch in the Cafe (our first Southern Roll down South) and then used the loos. In the men's room there are musical urinals that play music when the men pee on them and not to forget Donald Trumps mouth ... who wouldn't want to pee in there right! There were squirter bottles that the female could have a turn with!

While we were here and since it was a nice day I contacted The Helicopter Line who operate out of Glenn Tanner Park near Mt Cook to see if they had any flights available. They had 2 seats on a flight at 4pm so did the timings and worked out we could be there by then. Meant getting to Te Kapo later as we were meeting friends for dinner their but it was too good of an opportunity not to miss.

So we headed off towards Mt Cook. Josh and I were doing the flight. We got upgraded to a longer flight with a landing at Franz Josef so it was amazing. Definitely recommend flying out of here to see Mt Cook and the glaciers.

Was a very cool experience. Definitely one to tick off the list.

We got to Te Kapo about 6pm and joined our friends for a bbq dinner they had prepared for us. Was absolutely freezing by then and we had booked a stargazing night with Dark Star project. We all rugged up with hats, gloves and multiple layers for our 11pm booking. We met at the meeting place, were given extra jackets and bused up to the man made crater to view the stars. Being in the man made crater blocked out any other lights around. Our guide was an Astro Physicist and knew her stuff. She had a laser pointer and could point to star formations in the sky which was pretty cool. There were 4 telescopes to view from. We agreed it was cool but probably not worth the charge. Was nearly $500 for all of us for 75 mins. Would I do it again? No.

Tomorrow we are getting up early to head to Christchurch as there is a super car show on that the boys want to see.
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SOUTH ISLAND
Day 8
Cromwell to Mt Cook to TeKapo

We woke to the most beautiful day, was t shirt weather, had a bit of a sleep in as every morning had been full on and the kids were getting tired.

Hubby had seen Highland Motorsport park the night prior and googled what time it opened.  It was opening at 10am so we headed there first.  This was a wee gem we didnt know about but glad we found it.  There is go kart racing, a car museum,  fast Laps, a Cafe and of course the loo with views!

We ended up sending our son for a ride in the Ferrari and this made his day.  He loved it.  We then did the Porsche electric car Tycann 0 to 120km in 2.5 seconds fast starts.  Hubby, our daughter and I did this was very cool.  After our rides we looked through the museum,  had lunch in the Cafe (our first Southern Roll down South) and then used the loos.  In the mens room there are musical urinals that play music when the men pee on them and not to forget Donald Trumps mouth ... who wouldnt want to pee in there right!  There were squirter bottles that the female could have a turn with!

While we were here and since it was a nice day I contacted The Helicopter Line who operate out of Glenn Tanner Park near Mt Cook to see if they had any flights available.   They had 2 seats on a flight at 4pm so did the timings and worked out we could be there by then.  Meant getting to Te Kapo later as we were meeting friends for dinner their but it was too good of an opportunity not to miss.

So we headed off towards Mt Cook.  Josh and I were doing the flight.  We got upgraded to a longer flight with a landing at Franz Josef so it was amazing.  Definitely recommend flying out of here to see Mt Cook and the glaciers.

Was a very cool experience.   Definitely one to tick off the list.

We got to Te Kapo about 6pm and joined our friends for a bbq dinner they had prepared for us.  Was absolutely freezing by then and we had booked a stargazing night with Dark Star project. We all rugged up with hats, gloves and multiple layers for our 11pm booking.  We met at the meeting place, were given extra jackets and bused up to the man made crater to view the stars.  Being in the man made crater blocked out any other lights around.  Our guide was an Astro  Physicist and knew her stuff.  She had a laser pointer and could point to star formations in the sky which was pretty cool.  There were 4 telescopes to view from.  We agreed it was cool but probably not worth the charge.  Was nearly $500 for all of us for 75 mins.  Would I do it again?  No.

Tomorrow we are getting up early to head to Christchurch as there is a super car show on that the boys want to see.

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SOUTH ISLAND
Day 7
Te Anau to Milford Sound to Cromwell

We were told rain was a good thing for Milford Sound and we got a great misty rainy day. We had allowed 2.5 hours to get there from Te Anau. 2 is what it takes but we knew we were going to want to stop and take pics along the way. It was a freezing morning, our first yet and we could see why as we got closer. There was snow on the mountain ridges. It got down to 6° and was rather icy feeling. I was snuggled up in the back of the van under a duvet. As predicted we did stop several times as the scenery was breathtaking. Everywhere we looked there were waterfalls coming off the mountains.

We were booked to do the cruise with Mitre Peak Cruises and Milford Sound Scenic Flights. It was a slightly smaller boat but in our opinion this was better for us as there were fewer tourists on the boat, you could move around easier, get better pics etc. There were hot drinks available throughout the cruise. The mist was quite heavy in the beginning. It got better as the mist lifted and we could see the peaks. Milford was probably the highlight of the trip. It was absolutely stunning. Our son left the boat absolutely drenched. He was on the top deck for the duration and when the boat went straight under the waterfalls he was there on the top deck soaking it all in. The parking at Milford Sound is $10 per hour and there is only one Cafe down there which is rather pricy so it's suggested you take food with you. There are no shops on the way into Milford or toilets that we saw.

Was a fantastic day out. On the way out I was driving and saw what I thought was a kea on the road so I pulled over near the tunnel and sure enough it was a cheeky kea. He came over to the van and sat on our wing mirror for ages. Next thing there was three of them. We interacted with them for about 15 minutes while waiting for the next light phase. One of them thought he might like to eat our rubber trims on the front window. Flicking the window wipers on put end to that lol. It was a very cool experience for the kids to see one in his own environment.

We headed right through to Cromwell after Milford. We didn't have a booking here for the night and found a last minute camp ground. Probably not somewhere we would stay again. Lots of fruit pickers live here, people were drinking around cabins, was the first time I felt like it wasn't a family environment and made sure we went to the facilities with our daughter. Have to say though that the showers were probably the best I had used. They were unisex showers and massive with loads of space within them.

We headed into Cromwell that night for dinner and found an amazing wee Indian restaurant and the food was amazing.

Tomorrow we are off to Te Kapo for a bit of stargazing.
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SOUTH ISLAND
Day 7
Te Anau to Milford Sound to Cromwell

We were told rain was a good thing for Milford Sound and we got a great misty rainy day.  We had allowed 2.5 hours to get there from Te Anau.  2 is what it takes but we knew we were going to want to stop and take pics along the way.  It was a freezing morning, our first yet and we could see why as we got closer.  There was snow on the mountain ridges.  It got down to 6° and was rather icy feeling.  I was snuggled up in the back of the van under a duvet.  As predicted we did stop several times as the scenery was breathtaking.  Everywhere we looked there were waterfalls coming off the mountains.  

We were booked to do the cruise with Mitre Peak Cruises and Milford Sound Scenic Flights.  It was a slightly smaller boat but in our opinion this was better for us as there were fewer tourists on the boat, you could move around easier, get better pics etc.  There were hot drinks available throughout the cruise.  The mist was quite heavy in the beginning.   It got better as the mist lifted and we could see the peaks.  Milford was probably the highlight of the trip.  It was absolutely stunning.  Our son left the boat absolutely drenched.  He was on the top deck for the duration and when the boat went straight under the waterfalls he was there on the top deck soaking it all in.  The parking at Milford Sound is $10 per hour and there is only one Cafe down there which is rather pricy so its suggested you take food with you.  There are no shops on the way into Milford or toilets that we saw.  

Was a fantastic day out.  On the way out I was driving and saw what I thought was a kea on the road so I pulled over near the tunnel and sure enough it was a cheeky kea.  He came over to the van and sat on our wing mirror for ages.  Next thing there was three of them.  We interacted with them for about 15 minutes while waiting for the next light phase.  One of them thought he might like to eat our rubber trims on the front window.  Flicking the window wipers on put end to that lol.  It was a very cool experience for the kids to see one in his own environment. 

We headed right through to Cromwell after Milford.  We didnt have a booking here for the night and found a last minute camp ground.  Probably not somewhere we would stay again.  Lots of fruit pickers live here, people were drinking around cabins, was the first time I felt like it wasnt a family environment and made sure we went to the facilities with our daughter.  Have to say though that the showers were probably the best I had used.  They were unisex showers and massive with loads of space within them.

We headed into Cromwell that night for dinner and found an amazing wee Indian restaurant and the food was amazing.

Tomorrow we are off to Te Kapo for a bit of stargazing.

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You certainly had a great time and appreciate the advise and suggestion and of course your photos 😊

Wow those waterfalls are just stunning. A neat encounter with the Kea being so close.

Beautiful!!

SOUTH ISLAND DAY 6
Queenstown to Te Anau

We had a booking for Skyline this morning. Only problem is there was no parking not even for a car up there. We finally found the only suitable campervan car park on Boundary Road and caught an uber back up to Skyline.

The views from Skyline were spectacular. However the luge was a disappointment. Only 2 tracks and within 2 mins it was over. I certainly would not waste money on these luges if you were doing both Rotorua and Queenstown. Rotorua for the win, you travel through beautiful forest, and long tracks. Queenstown is under construction so it's a series of scaffolding and stairs to even get to the start of the luge tracks. Not much atmosphere up there, very cramped overstocked gift shop with usual tourist items.

It was very disappointing. We often get our visitors say they are not doing our luge as they are going in Queenstown. We can 100% now tell them they need to do our one!

Safe to say we didn't stay up there any longer than we needed to. We headed back down into town to wait for our lunch trip to Walter Peak.

Now this was a cool trip. Headed over on the Earnslaw to Walter Peak farm for a bbq lunch. The food was amazing and there was plenty of it. Afterwards we got to watch a farm show, sheep shearing, rounding up the sheep. Great little show and beautiful venue. I can imagine in summer it would be magical over there.

Definitely a trip to do.

Had a great trip back over the lake. Sat near the piano player who knocked out a few requests and had us all singing along with her.

Great afternoon out. Got back ordered Sal's pizza to go for dinner as we knew it would be dark by the time we got to Te Anau.

Checked in to Top 10 Holiday Park. Probably the most basic facilities so far but still clean

Time for an early night as tomorrow is Milford Sound so its going to be a big day, rain is coming and we had been told if there is rain on a Milford trip it's more magical so fingers crossed.
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SOUTH ISLAND DAY 6
Queenstown to Te Anau

We had a booking for Skyline this morning.  Only problem is there was no parking not even for a car up there.  We finally found the only suitable campervan car park on Boundary Road and caught an uber back up to Skyline.  

The views from Skyline were spectacular.   However the luge was a disappointment.   Only 2 tracks and within 2 mins it was over.  I certainly would not waste money on these luges if you were doing both Rotorua and Queenstown.  Rotorua for the win, you travel through beautiful forest, and long tracks.  Queenstown is under construction so its a series of scaffolding and stairs to even get to the start of the luge tracks.  Not much atmosphere up there, very cramped overstocked gift shop with usual tourist items.  

It was very disappointing.   We often get our visitors say they are not doing our luge as they are going in Queenstown.   We can 100% now tell them they need to do our one!

Safe to say we didnt stay up there any longer than we needed to.  We headed back down into town to wait for our lunch trip to Walter Peak.

Now this was a cool trip.  Headed over on the Earnslaw to Walter Peak farm for a bbq lunch.  The food was amazing and there was plenty of it.  Afterwards we got to watch a farm show, sheep shearing, rounding up the sheep.  Great little show and beautiful venue.  I can imagine in summer it would be magical over there.

Definitely a trip to do.

Had a great trip back over the lake.  Sat near the piano player who knocked out a few requests and had us all singing along with her.

Great afternoon out.  Got back ordered Sals pizza to go for dinner as we knew it would be dark by the time we got to Te Anau.  

Checked in to Top 10 Holiday Park.  Probably the most basic facilities so far but still clean 

Time for an early night as tomorrow is Milford Sound so its going to be a big day, rain is coming and we had been told if there is rain on a Milford trip its more magical so fingers crossed.

SOUTH ISLAND DAY 5
Queenstown

We were advised best to stay in Arrowtown and travel to Queenstown as its only 20 min generally to get there.

What we didn't allow for was peak hour traffic. There are not many ways into Queenstown but the traffic is horrific. Took us ages and we had an 8.15am tour and we had left by 7.40am and was still 10 mins late for the tour.

We went with Nomad Safaris and were offered the Lord of the Rings tour. We weren't interested in LOTR but that was only option available as its very popular down there with the tourists. Because we were late the ones that were going in our vehicle were moved to another so we basically got a private tour! Our guide Danny was from Cambridge originally and moved down there due to his passion of rock climbing and we said don't talk LOTR with us as we aren't interested. He was very excited about this also as it was refreshing to have a change. So we got a unique tour missed all the LOTR stops and got more adventure. We ended up back in Arrowtown first and he took us to show the Chinese miners settlement which we hadn't seen, visited the gold shop where everything in store is made with gold found in the area. We also got to hold a nugget worth half a million!

After that he took us 4WD through the river behind Arrowtown, this was so much fun we loved it. On the way back we got to do gold mining and found enough to make maybe 80c but it was fun.

We then made our way to Skippers Cannon. This was spectacular, the views were amazing. We got to go alot further in due to not stopping for LOTR commentary.

Our whole journey lasted 4 hours and it was a great way to see the area and appreciate the views.

The afternoon was spent having a look round the city centre. Whenever we went past Fergs Burgers there would have been 60 odd people in line. Our guide had said its overpriced and over rated and you were better to try Devil burgers. So note for those wondering what the hype is about! He wasn't the only local who said this.

Queenstown from our perspective was full of high end clothing stores pubs and eateries in the main CBD. I said where do normal people shop lol. Apparently that's in the suburbs. We had to park miles away, it's not campervan friendly no where to park and one way streets.

Thanks to some wonderful clients we were gifted with an incredible 3 course meal at Nest at Kamana Lake Lodge. This is very high end and hard to get bookings at but we can very much recommend this restaurant. The views over the lake from the hilltop was sensational at sunset and the meals were devine.

This concluded our evening before the drive back to Arrowtown.

Tomorrow is Skyline and Earnslaw to Walter Peak.
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SOUTH ISLAND DAY 5
Queenstown 

We were advised best to stay in Arrowtown and travel to Queenstown as its only 20 min generally to get there.

What we didnt allow for was peak hour traffic.  There are not many ways into Queenstown but the traffic is horrific.  Took us ages and we had an 8.15am tour and we had left by 7.40am and  was still 10 mins late for the tour.

We went with Nomad Safaris and were offered the Lord of the Rings tour.  We werent interested in LOTR but that was only option available as its very popular down there with the tourists.  Because we were late the ones that were going in our vehicle were moved to another so we basically got a private tour!  Our guide Danny was from Cambridge originally and moved down there due to his passion of rock climbing and we said dont talk LOTR with us as we arent interested.   He was very excited about this also as it was refreshing to have a change.  So we got a unique tour missed all the LOTR stops and got more adventure.  We ended up back in Arrowtown first and he took us to show the Chinese miners settlement which we hadnt seen, visited the gold shop where everything in store is made with gold found in the area.  We also got to hold a nugget worth half a million!

After that he took us 4WD through the river behind Arrowtown,  this was so much fun we loved it.  On the way back we got to do gold mining and found enough to make maybe 80c but it was fun.  

We then made our way to Skippers Cannon.  This was spectacular, the views were amazing.   We got to go alot further in due to not stopping for LOTR commentary.

Our whole journey lasted 4 hours and it was a great way to see the area and appreciate the views.

The afternoon was spent having a look round the city centre.  Whenever we went past Fergs Burgers there would have been 60 odd people in line.  Our guide had said its overpriced and over rated and you were better to try Devil burgers.   So note for those wondering what the hype is about!  He wasnt the only local who said this.

Queenstown from our perspective was full of high end clothing stores pubs and eateries in the main CBD.  I said where do normal people shop lol. Apparently thats in the suburbs.  We had to park miles away, its not campervan friendly no where to park and one way streets.

Thanks to some wonderful clients we were gifted with an incredible 3 course meal at Nest at Kamana Lake Lodge.  This is very high end and hard to get bookings at but we can very much recommend this restaurant.   The views over the lake from the hilltop was sensational at sunset and the meals were devine.

This concluded our evening before the drive back to Arrowtown. 

Tomorrow is Skyline and Earnslaw to Walter Peak.