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4,4 million (2010)

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Travel guide to NEW ZEALAND

We have traveled around for 2 weeks by car on New Zealand's South Island. It was a really wonderful adventure, with many nature experiences and good food.

Things to see and do ON THE SOUTH ISLAND

  • Take a boat trip in Milford Sound
  • Visit a Marlborough winery
  • Whale watching in Kaikoura
  • Hike by the glacier in Fox Glacier
  • Visit the little penguins in Oamaru
  • Hike in beautiful Mount Aspiring National Park
  • Visit a sheep farm
  • Catch the lupine bloom at Mount Cook
  • Glide along in a kayak in the Abel Tasman
Low clouds in Milford Sound

Travel tips

  1. The roads - The roads on the South Island are narrow and crooked. Do not expect that you will be able to drive faster than 70km/h. Plus, you'll want to stop and admire the view very often. It simply takes time to drive around New Zealand.
  2. Drowse - New Zealand has opposite seasons to Sweden and the climate on the South Island during the summer is a bit like a Swedish summer. When we were there in December, the daughter wore a hat the whole time. So don't count on too much bathing weather.
  3. Internet - The Internet is neither as accessible nor as fast as in Sweden. I had problems throughout the trip uploading my photos to my cloud backup. It was simply too slow.
  4. Earthquakes - Earthquakes occur relatively often in New Zealand. Keep an eye on the emergency exits and make sure you know what to do if it starts shaking.
  5. Volcanoes - New Zealand has plenty of hot springs and volcanoes. Make sure you read up on the latest travel warnings before you head out on your hiking trip.

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New Zealand - The South Island's coolest sights and nature

New Zealand's South Island is a perfect mix of the world's most beautiful nature and attractions gathered on a single small island. Here are my top ten nature experiences from our road trip around the island - both on land and at sea.

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Wineries in Marlborough - Travel diary New Zealand day 9

Christmas morning! Now it's Christmas for real here in New Zealand! Nothing special planned today for once, quite nice actually! The only thing we had booked was the hotel in the town of Blenheim in Marlborough, which is no more than 2 hours drive from Nelson.

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Abel Tasman National Park – Travel diary New Zealand day 8

Day 8 of our road trip on New Zealand's South Island. Christmas Eve in Abel Tasman National Park! Abel Tasman is New Zealand's smallest national park, but here you will find vast coastal areas with golden beaches, cliffs, forested mountains and wetlands.

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Hokitika and Punakaiki – Travel diary New Zealand day 7

Early rise, as today we had a long day's drive ahead of us, more precisely 45 miles after New Zealand's west coast. The weather, which did not show its best side in Franz Josef, today offered brilliant sunshine and we finally caught a glimpse of the beautiful, white mountain massif that had been lurking behind the fog all along. We heard the helicopters in the distance, it almost sounded like they were laughing at us... But but, time to go.

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Franz Josef National Park – Travel diary New Zealand day 6

Woke up at Scenic hotel in Franz Josef and had continental breakfast at the hotel. Unusually affordable breakfast, so we couldn't bear to go out into the village and look for another place. As we were up quite early, it was almost just us and a busload of British pensioners who were to be bussed around the North and South Island for a month. The bus tourists were quite quick to clear the buffet, so we had to eat a little faster than usual. Maybe lucky, we are very slow on our breakfasts usually…

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The world's best whale watching - here are the whales!

One of the best things we know when we travel is to have the opportunity to meet wild animals and especially we love to see whales! Humpback whales, sperm whales, beluga whales, killer whales, herring whales, dolphins - now only blue whales are left to see on our list! To see whales, you need both the right season, the right weather and a great deal of luck. Here are our 4 favorite places to meet the giants of the sea.

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Mount Aspiring National Park – Travel diary New Zealand day 4

Time to leave the warmth of Lake Wanaka and drive up the west coast to Fox Glacier. The day started in a minor camera disaster, but with an incredible amount of luck and a crazy idea, the disaster was avoided. However, we got away a little later from Wanaka than planned and a little poorer.

Shotover River
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Arrowtown - Travel diary New Zealand day 3

Not as early riser as the day before, getting up at 7 a.m. felt almost like sleeping in the morning. After a long day yesterday, we all slept very soundly last night. Headed towards the center of Te Anau, where we had found a breakfast place that was well rated by many guests. Wasn't exactly easy to find, but after three laps around the minimal center of the village, we finally saw the sign - Sandfly Cafe.

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Queenstown - Travel diary New Zealand day 1

I've always loved looking out the airplane window. Through the airplane window, you visit places you may never go and see views you can never see from the ground. The approach to Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island will most certainly end up at the top of my very personal top-10 approach list.

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New Zealand - Lift or Diss?

Having just returned from a road trip on New Zealand's South Island, I thought I'd sum up my thoughts in a classic hi-diss list. Is there really anything to do in New Zealand you might be thinking?

Facts about New Zealand

population

4,4 million (2010)

CURRENCY

New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

GO FOR IT

Left side

TIME DIFFERENCE

UTC + 12