I never got a chance to post some photos from our trip to New Zealand and thought I’d use the long weekend to show some pretties with you!
We had a lot of fun taking boats, trains, and automobiles while we were touring around.
It was about a 3 hour ferry ride on the Interislander, but it could not have been prettier.
Then we took another quick speed boat ride to The Bay of Many Coves. I was so excited to stay somewhere only accessible by boat!! I mean isn’t that just a cool idea?!
The style of the hotel houses really epitomizes New Zealand style… it blends into it’s surroundings in a rustic meets modern way.
The view was pretty epic! Ahhh… the color of that water! We had a long night sleep after ALL that travel and an amazing dinner. Seriously, I don’t know what all the fuss is about Waygu beef–the best steak and lamb I’ve ever eaten was in New Zealand. All the food was just so crisp and fresh.
Then we were off on a train down the Eastern coast. Unfortunately, our boat ride to the Kiwi Rail was a bit slow which meant we had to race the train in a taxi to the next stop. Oh my goodness!! It was so stressful, but we made it and the train is a fantastic way to see the wineries of Marlborough and the coastline.
Even though the food in the dining car was pretty standard dining fair, it still felt glamorous to me to go get a drink and sandwich there! We had a bit of excitement as another earthquake struck Christchurch while we were on the train… luckily no one was hurt, but we did feel aftershocks throughout Christmas Eve there. Scary stuff!!
The ocean was so pretty and there were so many seals! Kaikoura is famous for its seals and crayfish.
We got off the train and spent the night at the Hapuku Lodge, enjoyed another awesome meal (much of which was from the farm we were staying on), before getting back on the train the next afternoon and taking it all the way to Christchurch.
We had a nice little hike to a waterfall, which earlier in the season is a little nursery for the seal pups!
The landscape in New Zealand is so pristine and untouched, it really does feel like no one has ever been there before. We kept remarking that New Zealand is like every National Park in the US crammed into a state the size of Colorado.
I highly recommend this plane, ferry, train, train itinerary as a really nice way to see the Eastern coast. Just make sure you leave ample time for transitions!!