|Subject: Re: New Zealand South Island|
We loved the South Island and were there twice. Linda is
correct the NY Times article on a small part of the South
Island is somewhat informative. Akaroa is marvelous - We
spent 5 days on the Banks Peninsula staying in cottages and
a B&B. We were there in 2002 and I will look up any info.
you want, but I believe that you won't need accommodation.
A few things were left out of the article. One: There is a marvelous nature reserve in Akaroa that has some short but very interesting trails, with hand-written signs on the flora and fauna done by the warden who is very, very nice. The other is that at the Christchurch Airport - there is one of the best interactive museums on Antarctica that we've ever seen. If you go, allow at least 1 1/2 hours minimum.
We spent little time in Queenstown as we found it filled with tourists and were not into either bungee jumping or "doing the Shotover River thing... " (very fast, curvy boat ride.) We did spend a great deal of time in the TeAnau Milford and Doubtful Sound area. Wanaka is gorgeous and has the best restaurants. It is gateway to Mt Aspiring Park and the whole area is breathtaking.
We have much information about hiking and walking on the whole island, but I don't know what you're looking for exactly.
If you do get tired of caravanning, I would suggest picking up a B&B book at the airport when you land or buying one on the way. The government puts this out every year as there were not that many places to stay as of our last trip... Also, fill up on gas whenever you see a gas station. They can be few and very far between so really do this! Another tip. All pay phones use cards so get one before you leave the airport.
We are off to Paris for 10 days, but let me know if you need any specifics and I'll gladly supply what I can when we return. Good luck - You're going to love it!!! Regards, Susie Newton, MA