Travel Blogs from South Island
... It would take us out on Doubtful Sound for three hours – hours we mostly spent playing with our electronic devices. After two and a half weeks in New Zealand, we have probably seen too much landscapes and nature in that amount of time to really appreciate Doubtful Sound (either that, or it just isn’t that beautiful)... It was a nice area though not as idyllic as we expected. We did however find a colony of seals chilling on a group of rocks ...
Who would ever thought I'd end up in jail...
Ah well It's only for one night and I didn't even commit a crime for it :D I'm spending one night in a former jail in Christchurch that now runs as a hostel! I sleep in a former prison cell with bars before the windows and a thick steel door. Pretty cool! I'm on my way to Oamaru but I have to spend the night in Christchurch because it's already getting dark and the bus won't drive any further. Next morning I arrive in ...
... and then encountered a unique bicycle shop that specialized in high wheelers, sometimes called penny farthings. Well, I had to try one. We met the shop owner and after a quick lesson, I was up and riding around the parking lot. It's quite easy to get on and a bit harder to get back off. I managed it just fine until I tried to turn too sharply and then *bloop*, down I went. You sit about 7 feet in the air, so it's not too bad to fall, but it's ...
... in for a bit of a ride when the wind the night before was rocking the van. Still we're hoping to catch sight of a kiwi and then it will all be worthwhile.
I had really high expectations for NZ after everyone I've spoken to about it says its awesome but I can honestly say its absolutely met them. The scenery here is stunning and the people are so friendly. From golden sandy beaches to million year old mountains, crystal blue waters ...
... it was hard work. We wondered how the fishing people manage, as there was a village here specifically for them, but soon found that they all travel by quad bikes.
This has been one of the lovely things about New Zealand. Most of the camper parks we stayed in were small, yet very well equipped. And parks such as this one in rural areas make it really seem we are on holidays.
TripAdvisor Reviews Tokarahi Homestead South Island
Other places to stay in South Island
377 Frankton Rd, Queenstown | 5 star hotelfrom $91
Corner Earl Street and Marine Parade, Queenstown | 4 star hotelfrom $105
- Great central location
- Great spot!
- Not bad but make sure you have a printout of your reservation
28 - 30 Cathedral Square, Christchurch | 3 star hotelfrom $182
cnr Cashel & High Sts, PO Box 22755 , Christchurch | 3 star hotelfrom $79
Corner Frankton Rd & Adelaide St, Private Bag, Queenstown | 4 star hotelfrom $83
- A fabulous anniversary
- Great position, wonderful views
- OK for the price
Corner Frankton Road And Stanley Street, Queenstown | 4 star hotelfrom $97
- We had a lovely stay
- Had a lovely stay
- A large hotel with little atmosphere
Corner Cardrona Valley & Studholme Rds, Wanaka | 4 star hotelfrom $103
50 Cathedral Square, Christchurch | 5 star hotelfrom $144
118 High Street, Dunedin | 3 star hotelfrom $110
166 Gloucester Street, Christchurch | 4 star hotelfrom $139
State Highway 6, Franz Josef | 3 star hotelfrom $99
Beach Street, Queenstown | 4 star hotelfrom $134
- Great hotel in great location
- Modern hotel in Queenstown
- Amazing hotel.....
Corner Memorial Avenue and Orchard Road, Christchurch | 3 star hotelfrom $123
10-18 Brunswick Street, Queenstown | 4 star hotelfrom $157
- St Moritz, Queenstown
- A Wonderful Stay
- Great Views
107 Hereford Street, Christchurch | 4 star hotelfrom $105
165 Cashel St, Christchurch | 3 star hotelfrom $59
- Yes, it's a pod
- New concept hotel
- Neues Konzepthotel
Sainsbury Road 9197, Queenstown | 3 star hotelfrom $77
189 Deans Ave, Christchurch | 4 star hotelfrom $135
449 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch | 3 star hotelfrom $157
91 Fernhill Rd, Queenstown | 4 star hotelfrom $113
- Good and bad at the Heritage
- An Alpine retreat from the bustle of Queenstown
- Noisy neighbours spoilt the stay.
Lakefront Drive, Te Anau | 3 star hotelfrom $97
Town Centre, Te Anau | 3 star hotelfrom $68
Trafalgar Square, Nelson | 3 star hotelfrom $126
88 Frankton Road, Queenstown | 4 star hotelfrom $83
Corner Princes & Dowling Streets, Dunedin | 4 star hotelfrom $105