We just got back from a trip to the South Island, and it was amazing. I think the thing that we had all been most looking forward to was the week in the campervan. I had already decided that I wanted to sleep on the top bunk and was super excited.
The first few nights were a blast! We discovered that most holiday park bathrooms are actually quite nice and clean. We did learn very quickly though that because it was Fall, we had to take showers in the morning because it was way too cold to walk back to the camper at night.
But one thing that we found hard was not being able to drive anywhere alone. Like when mom and dad went grocery shopping, the whole family had to come. That was annoying. The thing that was nice about it though was that we were always super close & got to hang out a lot.
I found it really nice that we would sit in a booth looking thing when we were driving, so we could actually see each other and play cards. It sort of felt like we were in a train. The views were amazing.
In case you’re wondering, no we didn’t rent the campervan only for fun. There are 5 million people in the country of New Zealand, and only 1 million live in the South Island. Therefore, some of the really beautiful towns are so remote that mostly the only way to visit them is by camping.
One of my favorite stops was to a place called Ross beach. There you could find green stone on the beach which we later learned you could get polished into necklaces in a town called Hokitika (I wish I’d known that before we went there!) But definitely the best part of the whole trip was when we arrived at Fox Glacier and dad had booked us a trip to the top of the glacier in our very own helicopter! (PS the pilot was a girl – that was cool!)
On our very last night in the campervan, we went to a town that was formerly settled by the French called Akaroa. The town still had boulangeries and nice restaurants so we all enjoyed some French croissants. But, by this time we had all sort of gotten a bit tired of being in such tight quarters, so we stayed at a hotel and I got a king size bed all to myself! 🙂
After a week full of adventure, we made it to Christchurch to end our campervan experience. I had heaps of fun!