On the Road Again: New Zealand’s South Island Road Trip

New Zeland’s South Island has got to be one of the most spectacular road trip destinations in the world. From rugged coastline to bright white glaciers the island’s landscape is breathtaking. Lucky me I got to spend just over a week roaming around down south and I’ve got heaps of photos to share my trip.
Just a little pre warning that I’ve already covered Picton to Christchurch and the Lake Tekapo region previously. So check out my previous posts to see those spots – totally worth a visit! But this South Island road trip covered the places we hadn’t yet ventured to.

Starting in Geraldine, Canterbury, we covered an enormous amount of ground. So before I delve in too deep here’s our rough itinerary.

New Zeland, South Island on Roadtrippers

Phew. Check out that route. Not a bad South Island road trip hey.

Oamaru, Dunedin & Nugget Point

The first day of our South Island road trip was a rainy one. So we couldn’t do all of the walking that we’d planned. Instead it was a day of hopping in and out of the van for quick snaps.
Oamaru was a little gem of a city. With lots of old school architecture, yummy coffee (thanks Steam) and a penguin sighting. Head down to the blue penguin colony down by the breakwater for a chance to see the penguins. Dawn and dusk are the best times to get a good shot.

Steam cafe Oamaru



By the time we got down to Dunedin the weather was so rainy. We skipped our planned activities (Baldwin street, Chinese gardens & tunnel beach) and just went for a quick wander through the city. Along the way I spotted Cadbury world! If only I had known about this place sooner we probably would’ve gone for a tour and sheltered from the elements.

After a quick refuel at New World we got back on the road towards Nugget Point. Luckily when we arrived the rain held off for us to take the short track up to the lighthouse. I can only imagine you can see for miles on a clear day, despite the grey skies the view was unreal. The rain may have cleared but the wind out on the point was out of control. Lipgloss and wind is never a great combo. Throw in the fact you’re up by a lighthouse out at sea and it’s game over. (I did get some lol worthy photos though)

Nugget Point lighthouse

Nugget Point lighthouse

Day one came to an end at a beachfront camp spot in Papotawai. We found a quiet corner, climbed into the back of our Nissan Serena and slept like babies.

Day two coming shortly…

Abbie @ AbbieMayTravel