It’s time to wrap up our 16-day trip to New Zealand! We spent our last few days driving, making the most of some bad weather, and getting in short hikes during the good weather.
After days of hiking and enjoying nature in Lake Tekapo, Aoraki / Mount Cook, Wanaka, and Fiordland National Park, it was time to hit the city known as the “Adventure Capital of the World” – Queenstown! Despite its nickname, we actually set up our two days here to be something of a rest. We bungy-jumped, visited a bird park, rode luges, did laundry, and binge-watched The Murdaugh Murders.
Following our two days at Wanaka, we drove to the small town Te Anau, known as the “Gateway to Fiordland.” We took a glowworm caves tour in Te Anau the first day and spent the second day exploring Fiordland National Park.
After a wonderful day in Lake Tekapo, we continued our New Zealand adventure by driving to Twizel. This is a small town a little under an hour away from Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. We had planned to spend both Wednesday and Thursday hiking at Mt. Cook, but unfortunately on Wednesday it was raining heavily. We opted to spend our rainy day taking a “foodie tour” of Twizel and condense our hiking plans into one day on Thursday.