Favorite #Travelgrams From My South Island Road Trip

Posted February 13, 2014 by Charli Moore in Featured Photos

The latter half of 2013 provided some of my most memorable travel experiences to date.

Exploring frozen landscapes, zip lining through ancient forests and kayaking on glacial waters, New Zealand is a location bursting with action and adventure.

Beginning my journey in Christchurch I followed the highway south and then turned inland towards the Mackenzie Basin. Peppered with unique and vibrant natural wonders, the region is noted for its azure lakes, alpine salmon and fiercely protected Dark Sky Reserve.

Flying high over Lake Tekapo

Charli at Lake Tekapo

The Godely River at the edge of Mackenzie country

Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve

Leaving behind the colorful Lupin filled landscape of Mackenzie Country, I drove west towards Aoraki National Park. Home to the highest peak in the country Mount Cook, and one of the South’s largest glaciers, the Tasman, Aoraki offered an inspiring alpine escape.

Camping at the base of the majestic snow-capped peaks that dominate the horizon is the perfect remedy for the soul.

I spent my days exploring the Tasman terminal lake, bobbing about with huge icebergs which had calved from the gargantuan glacier face, and soaring high above the mountains on an Air Safari I’ll never forget.

Hiking through Aoraki National Park

High above Aoraki

Floating in the Tasman Glacier's Lake

Lake Wanaka, the world’s first lifestyle reserve was my next port of call.

Kayaking on its dark and deep waters was one of the highlights of my journey. The mirrored surface of the lake reflecting the landscape above the waterline offered the most magical of views.

Lake Wanaka

Kayaking on Lake Wanaka

Kayaking on Lake Wanaka

Queenstown, the country’s capital of adventure came next.

Unsure of what was in store I arrived in the town clad in my winter woollies, and set out in search of the ultimate adrenaline hit.

Zip lining alongside Lake Wakatipu and a helicopter flight into neighboring Fiordland, offered plenty of adrenaline fuelled fun.

Based at the Shotover Top 10 Holiday Park located alongside the Shotover River, I joined the team of the Queenstown Rafting Company for some white water exploits and saw the remote beauty of the region’s rugged landscape.


Kayaking on Lake Wanaka


Carved by archaic glaciers that moved through the region thousands of years ago, Fiordland National Park is one of the most iconic locations in the south.

From the glacial melt which runs across the valley floor to the snowcapped peaks which loom large and obstruct the horizon, diversity is visible in every view.


Cruising Milford Sounds

Flying over Lake Te Anau

My time in Fiordland was brief and only served to instil within me the desire to hike more of its trails, and explore more of its terrain above and below the waterline.

While I feel I’ve only scratched the surface of New Zealand’s indomitable landscapes, I am grateful for the time and freedom I’ve had to explore.

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About the Author

Charli Moore

Travel writer and blogger Charli is a digital nomad currently travelling the world with her other half Ben. Whether backpacking through Central America or road tripping around Australia they embrace each and every opportunity for adventure. Read more about their insatiable wanderlust on their blog, Wanderlusters.

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