South Island Adventure

Queenstown
Queenstown.

Hello my lovely readers, long time no see! I’m well and truly long overdue for a blog update.
In case you were wondering where I had disappeared to, I’ve been keeping pretty busy with life! Exciting right!?
I’ve been focused with study and work, taking it slowly with them both, but am making good steady progress. I also recently took a much earned holiday to New Zealand! So let’s skip straight to the holiday part, woohoo!!!

Being as Cameron & I are both kiwis and have family back in New Zealand, we were long overdue for a trip home. Since I’ve had quite an improvement with my health, we thought we would make a holiday out of it. I had never visited the South Island before, so we thought why not head there. Then towards the end of our trip make our way up to the North Island and visit family.

I was feeling confident that I would manage our trip well, but of course with suffering from ME/CFS, I couldn’t help but worry and think whether it would be too much. Will I be able to manage everything? My mind starts running wild. We decided that if we booked a camper-van, it would be an ideal way to holiday. Rest whenever and wherever you want. How good does that sound? SORTED!

Everything was booked and we had a plan to spend 10 days down in the beautiful South Island, then the last few days spent in the North with family. I won’t go into too much details of where we went, I’ll let the photos do all the talking.
All I will say is it that if you ever make a trip out to New Zealand, the South Island is an absolute must see. The scenery is beautiful, the streams and rivers are turquoise blue and the amount of snowy mountains is breath taking. The views are spectacular, we found ourselves pulling over every 5 minutes to take snapshots of the amazing scenery.

I pulled up well too, I still can’t believe how well I managed it all! We covered just over 2550 km’s in our camper and managed to visit all the places we wanted to see, which included Milford sound, beautiful Queenstown and Wanaka, as well as the Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers. We also got to do some fantastic activities, a bus tour through Fiordland National park with a boat ride through Milford sound, the shot over jet in Queenstown, a helicopter ride over the glaciers also seeing Mt Tasman & Mt Cook. AMAZING! Even a few gorgeous walks, one up to the Fox Glacier which was one hour, taking on a mega hill!

It was lovely being able to explore and visit new places. After all that adventure, it was up to the North Island to visit our family.

Overall I did need a rest day here and there, but then who doesn’t! It feels good to be able to do normal things again and feel normal! It’s achievements like these that open my eyes up to see how far I have come, every day I keep getting closer to taking back my health.

I’ve tried to pick out my best holiday snaps, but as always I have far too many to choose from. Anyway I hope you enjoy them!

Much love,
Lennae xxx

Up in the Mountains on our helicopter tour. Between Fox & Franz Josef glacier.
Up in the Mountains on our helicopter tour. Between Fox & Franz Josef glacier.
Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo.
Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo.
View from Lake Tekapo Hot Springs.
View from Lake Tekapo Hot Springs.
Fiordland National Park.
Fiordland National Park.
Naughty Kea eating the tour bus, Fiordland National Park.
Naughty Kea eating the tour bus, Fiordland National Park.
Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park.
Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park.
Shotover Jet, Queenstown.
Shotover Jet, Queenstown.
Lake Wakatipu.
Lake Wakatipu.
Our Camper, Lake Wakatipu.
Our Camper, Lake Wakatipu.
Makarora, Lake Wanaka.
Makarora, Lake Wanaka.
Franz Josef Glacier, view from the top on the helicopter tour. Your can even see the West Coast & Tasman Sea in the background.
Franz Josef Glacier, view from the top on the helicopter tour. Your can even see the West Coast & Tasman Sea in the background.
West Coast.
West Coast.
Look out from the top of the Skyline Gondola, Queenstown.
Look out from the top of the Skyline Gondola, Queenstown.

17 thoughts on “South Island Adventure

  1. Elaine Creighton

    Hi Lennae. Loved reading your blog and looking at your amazing photos and so glad everything went to well for you on your holiday. The South Island is a beautiful place everyone must visit and im so happy you and Cameron experienced all its beauty. Im even more happy we got to meet up in Nelson. Cayla and I loved seeing you both. 🙂

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    1. Lennae Stubbs

      Thank you Elaine, I’m glad you liked my post. The South Island is a beautiful place, you are so lucky to live there. I’m so glad we got to meet you and Cayla, it was so awesome. I would love to head back over to your neck of the woods one day and explore that area. It would be great to see where my Grannys family settled. Hopefully it wont take me as long as what it took to actually visit the South Island! lol

      Sending lots of love
      xxx

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  3. Rose

    What does kiwis mean? I would love to visit New Zealand and of course your pictures are just enticing teasers. I just told my mom the other day that I didn’t care how long I would be on that plane for a trip there and Australia.

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  4. Shane

    I was surprised not to see much snow when I visited the South Island. I would love to return and explore even more of this beautiful country!

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