Central South Island

We decided to take advantage of some cheap flights to the South Island and have a wee roadie. Just four days. This is the sort of thing you can see on a short road trip in New Zealand.

Four easy days driving in the Central South Island. Christchurch, over Arthurs Pass to the West Coast. Night near Hokitika. South via Franz Josef and Fox Glacier, night at Fox for the Lake Matheson early morning shot. South to Haast Pass drive through Mackenzie Country for a night at Twizel. Aoraki/Mt Cook national park is only a short drive from Twizel. On to Geraldine for a night then easy drive to Christchurch and home. Basically this is a reasonably low cost long weekend away. Thursday through to Monday. We are very lucky to live here in New Zealand. Lucky As!

Arthurs Straight
Heading for Arthurs Pass
Arthurs Pass
Arthurs Pass


Lake Matheson Mist
Lake Matheson
Lake Matheson Mirror Lake
Probably the best morning conditions ever at Lake Matheson.
Okarito Lagoon
Okarito Lagoon
Lake Moeraki gap
Lake Moeraki
Haast Pass
Haast Pass
Mountains and Ferns
Lake Wanaka
Wanaka Reflection
Lake Wanaka
Lake Hawea
Hawea Reflection
Lake Hawea
Hawea Lakeside
Lake Hawea
Road through Mackenzie
Mackenzie Country
Aoraki/Mt Cook
Road works!
Road trip
Aoraki/Mt Cook
Blue and Gold
Single Lane Bridge
Glacial Valley
No Glacier
Distinct lack of Glacier
Look Back
Glacial Valley
Pukaki Reserve
Pukaki Blues
Lake Pukaki

Seriously, the weather though!

Costs? About $200 for two return flights, Palmerston North to Christchurch. Rental car was about $250, Plus about $125 per night on average, motels and AirBnB. Basically about NZD $1000 plus food and drink, Pretty good I reckon.






8 thoughts on “Central South Island

  1. Our cousin Dennis and wife Alison sent me the links.
    Absolutely stunning scenery, beautiful lakes,mountains. The night sky would be something to behold. A beautiful country with beautiful people.
    Pity about the shit , back in England we call it Liverpool.


  2. Cracked it again sandy lovely pics and stole the national radio poetry comp a man of many hats!!Hurry back to northland and talk the ngapuhi into govt. settlement so they can all move forward or southwards instead of backwards I look forward to East Cape trip I only made it to the Cape and went fishing cheers


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