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Although the first leg of the journey started off in the wet, it turned out this was a blessing in disguise. Milford Sound comes alive after a shower, rocky walls all around the fiord turn into cascading waterfalls on the drive in, but only for a short period after - a magical sight to behold!
The mountains gain a certain eeriness with their snowcapped peaks shrouded in clouds. It's not hard to understand why they decided to utilise New Zealand to film the Lord of The Rings amongst many other films.
As the clouds dissipate, the vivid blue skies and vivid sunset hues which everyone talks about emerge. Maybe the light is different down in this corner of the world? Who knows. But you're sure to be in awe if you manage to catch a sunset while you're visiting.
As you travel the windy roads, you'll be treated to an everchanging view or rolling green beach forests, golden tussock grass dried by a summer of sun and vivid skies. You'll want to stop every few minutes to take it all in.
Everyone who visits New Zealand says "you must go to Queenstown & Wanaka." Park up by the lake (or even better camp in one of the allotted lakeside campgrounds), put on the coffee and watch the clouds roll over the mountains. And when you've had your fill of coffee and clouds, head into town for some more exploring and dinner.
It's well worth getting up early and driving into the mountains to experience the golden tussock grass shimmering in the sun. The perfect place to have breakfast or just brew up a coffee, the serenity is sublime. If you happen to be moving between Queenstown and Wanaka, the Crown Range is a great place for this - a short but steep peak walk gives magnificent views over the surrounding valleys in all directions.
Another location, another mountain range to explore, another picture perfect lunch stop. It really doesn't get better family time than a lunch shared with this view. With a whole plethora of walks here, it's a great spot to spend a day, walk, explore and connect with nature.
New Zealand keeps on delivering with wonderful locations to spend an evening. Wherever you go, there's a stunning view waiting for you - with the opportunity to stay in most of these locations, either in campsites, holiday parks or designated freedom camping zones. You just have to choose your view, whether it be lakeside or in the middle of the forest.
We asked Jade to sum up her experience of New Zealand;
"Our little/big camper drove us across the South Island for the week from Queenstown to Milford to Mt Cook. It had a stovetop, fridge, sink, shower, toilet & outdoor BBQ and was perfect for our little fam. Missing her! Highly recommended."
Sounds like it provided a perfect little getaway and opportunity to connect with some of the iconic landscapes of New Zealand. A big thanks to Jade du Preez for sharing her trip & photos - you can follow her travels on Instagram @jadedupreez.