New Zealand Adventure Vacation: South Island

Beautiful New Zealand: Amazing spots to Visit

My amazing New Zealand Vacation! I visited from December 2019 – till mid-January 2020. I was fortunate to travel to some parts of the South Island, enjoy the incredible scenery, and meet my in-laws. Indeed, New Zealand is more beautiful than the shows you see on TV. We drove to the West Coast from Nelson to visit Greymouth and Runanga; then, we headed to Timaru, which was quite an adventure.

The two-lane roads were an unfamiliar experience for me. They drive on the right side rather than the left, which takes quite some time to get used to. I drove the rented car for about three blocks; then my husband drove us everywhere.  

The one-way bridges were fascinating; drivers have to give way by waiting until approaching vehicles are off the bridge. As we drove along the road, we saw many farms with sheep and cows, and the landscape’s splendor connects any person with nature. I saw some small towns where life seemed so relaxing. Visiting Christchurch and experiencing canoeing on the Avon River was exhilarating.

The Botanical Gardens were spectacular. In Timaru, I went to see the penguins arrive at the beach at night. Wow! It was magical to see them come out of the sea. Noteworthy, the penguins looked up at the crow and made noises as if they were telling us, what are you looking at? Some of them have quite an attitude.

It was all wonderful. I hope to visit again when the Covid virus subsides, as I would love to see more places.


Christchurch, New Zealand, is a vibrant city full of culture and life. Home to around 389,300 people as of June 2022. Christchurch has been declared the second-fastest growing city in New Zealand. Christchurch’s unique culture and stunning views of the Southern Alps make for a perfect holiday destination.

Surrounded by abundant natural beauty, it’s easy to see why so many people are drawn to this amazing city. From spectacular beaches to breathtakingly lush forests and mountains, there’s something for everyone in Christchurch. Visitors can enjoy the vibrant street art scene or explore iconic landmarks like Cathedral Square and Hagley Park. In addition, plenty of shopping options are available at The Palms Shopping Centre or uncrowded boutiques throughout the central business district.

I had a fantastic time visiting places while visiting this beautiful country!

Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral is a historic Anglican church located in the center of Christchurch, New Zealand—the original church building was constructed between 1864 and 1904.

The neo-Gothic structure is easily recognizable for its unique spire, which rises up from the cathedral’s centre and towers over the surrounding buildings. Visitors can explore beautiful stained glass windows and intricate wood carvings that pay homage to New Zealand’s rich history and culture.

In 2011, Christchurch was struck by a devastating earthquake that severely damaged much of its downtown area, including the cathedral. Since then, a grassroots movement has been formed to restore this beloved local landmark to its former glory through generous donations from individuals worldwide. It is still one of the city’s most iconic symbols.


Tekapo, New Zealand, is a beautiful destination that offers visitors breathtaking scenery and plenty of activities. Tekapo is best known for its turquoise-coloured alpine lakes and awe-inspiring mountain ranges in the Mackenzie region on the South Island. It also has unique attractions such as the Church of the Good Shepherd and Mount John Observatory.

Travellers can look forward to participating in outdoor adventures like horse trekking, jet boating, skiing, and fishing during their stay. The area boasts some of the most stunning views and wildlife encounters available in all of New Zealand. Nature lovers will be delighted to visit places like Lake Alexandrina or Twizel River, while culture buffs can explore local galleries and other nearby attractions.

I definitely enjoyed my time here, as well as having great food. Amazingly beautiful and peaceful.


Timaru, New Zealand is a stunning coastal city located on the South Island. This city of beautiful gardens and vibrant culture boasts something for everyone to enjoy. Located just two hours from Christchurch, Timaru offers visitors a wealth of opportunities for exploration and discovery.

This coastal town has been around since the mid-1850s. It all started with Brothers William and George Rhodes. It was declared a borough in 1868, giving it official status as an official town in New Zealand history books. Today, Timaru is home to about 25,900 people who take great pride in their hometown and all its offerings.

West Coast – Punakaiki River

Punakaiki River, located in New Zealand’s West Coast region, is a unique and remarkable destination for thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. Situated in the heart of Paparoa National Park, this river offers an incredible array of outdoor adventures, such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, and swimming. Visitors can even explore the limestone cliffs along its banks while enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

The Punakaiki River is also home to a variety of wildlife both on land and in the water. Migratory birds flock to its shoreline during springtime, while native fish like brown trout swim through crystal clear waters year-round. In addition, there are plenty of opportunities to view rare bird species or spot dolphins frequently visiting the area.

There are so many places that I have heard about for so long that it was a must-see stop. Childhood stories from my husband made the Punakaiki River visit so special.

Driving to the Coast

New Zealand’s stunning coastlines are some of the most beautiful in the world, and driving to them is an absolute must. With winding roads that hug the cliffs, lush forests that lead up to sandy beaches, and a wide range of attractions along the way, definitely, a great reason why so many people flock to New Zealand for their road trips.

Taking a drive down the coast is one of the best ways to experience all that New Zealand has to offer; whether it be spotting dolphins offshore or stopping at quaint towns dotted along the route.

The journey will take you through some of New Zealand’s iconic landscapes; think snow-capped mountains, rolling hills covered in native bushland, and crystal-clear blue lakes tucked away among the greenery. I felt so connected with mother earth that it was so incredible.

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