May 2011, flew into Christchurch, ready for something different and ended with more than I expected. There is never a dull moment, when traveling to the South Island of New Zealand. Scenery constantly changes every few kilometers and depending on the time of the year, weather can be sunny one minute, than fog & rain , then before you know it, bright sunshine again.
The following photos are a few memories during the road trip. While petrol may be up around NZ$2.20 a litre, much can be seen in a short distance, compared to travelling on the highways, within Australia. I did many miles on this trip and the total cost was around NZ$220. That’s cheap sightseeing over five days.
I like plenty of room, when looking for accommodation and was incredibly surprised with the “Anatoki Lodge” in Takaka. Lisa & Mark provide everything you need in a self contained lodge. The rooms are massive. Had a great cheap roast dinner at the local pub.
WARNING !!! Be prepared for one of the steepest mountains before you arrive at Takaka. I did it at night, with rain and fog. As Lisa would say “ It’s only a mountain. Get over it !!! “
The first night I flew into Christchurch I decided to pickup the hire car and head straight to Greymouth. I had driven over Arthur’s Pass once before, but not at night time. Arrived safety around 10:00 pm and stayed at the pub near Shantytown. Nice 2 bedroom lodge for only NZ$100.