My Three Week Tour of New Zealand

New Zealand

With only three weeks in New Zealand, I made it mission to see all that I could see while getting a taste of both the south and north islands in just three weeks. Stray provided me the opportunity to do just that. My Stray Bus hop on hop off passes allowed me the schedule to see a ton of places in a short amount of time, while also providing me the flexibility to hop off in a place I’d like to spend more time in.

Pleasant Recreation Point

South Island- Pleasant Recreation Point

Days 1-10 South Island Tour: Willy Pass

Fly into Christchurch
Ohau Point Lookout- Seal colony
Abel Tasman National Park
Cape Foulwind Walkway
Franz Josef Glacier
Lake Matheson & Fox Glacier
Ship Creek/Tauparikaka
Pleasant Recreation Point
Blue Pools & Young Valley
Lake Hawea Lookout
Kawarau River & Suspension Bridge
Lord of the Rings Tour
Fly from Queenstown to Auckland

Waireinga/Bridal Veil Falls

North Island- Waireinga/Bridal Veil Falls

Day 11-18 North Island Tour: Tom Pass

Waireinga/Bridal Veil Falls
Waitomo Caves
Bay of Plenty
Tongariro National Park
Fly from Auckland to Sydney

The great thing about Stray is that I stayed in really iconic destinations, yet stopped in places off the beaten path. The Stray Bus allowed us to stray off the main routes so to speak to see incredible local spots along the way. Stay tuned to hear all about my incredible trip to New Zealand.

Ship Creek/Tauparikaka

South Island- Ship Creek/Tauparikaka

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26 thoughts on “My Three Week Tour of New Zealand

    • Thank you so much. My whirl wind tour allowed me to see so much (you are right about that). I wish I could stay in New Zealand forever, as I feel with many countries. What is your favorite place/part/aspect of New Zealand?
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

      • There are just too many to list! I am based in Christchurch at the moment, and we love sailing Banks Peninsula and the Marlborough Sounds. We love skiing in the Southern Alps, tramping the Abel Tasman, Stewart Island and the Catlins are also stunning. We are heading over to the West Coast next week to check out the Glaciers. Safe travels on your next adventures!

      • I would have loved to sailed Banks Peninsula and the Marlborough Sounds (I missed those spots). There is just so much to see and do in NZ. I LOVED Abel Tasman, it was one of my favorite national parks. The wild west coast was also my favorite coast on the south island. You should write about this for the same campaign I submitted mine for.

    • Yes, it literally was the ticket to see all that I did in a limited amount of time. Stray does similar tours in south east Asia as well. I’d be interested in trying one there too. I vote Stray all the way!
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

  1. I’m doing a driving tour in a couple weeks from Christchurch to Queenstown! Can’t wait to hear more about your time there. I’m hoping it won’t be too crazy cold when I go!

    • Great! I hope I can help you plan some of your destinations. It will definitely be cold there when you go, especially in the south island. When I left Queenstown on May 3rd it was -1 Celsius in the evenings/mornings and about 5-10 degrees during the day. It was definitely a shock for me after leaving warm Australia. Manageable though. Be prepared. Seeing the snow capped mountains makes it all worth it.
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

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