New Zealand Holiday – Video Slideshow, Photo Gallery + Final Trip Summary

Almost 4,000 pictures, several hours of video, a bunch of adrenaline packed activities all summed up in a 6 minute video slide show.

also check out photo gallery from our New Zealand holiday.  Don’t worry… I didn’t post all 4000 photos :)

This was by far one of the best vacations we’ve ever taken.  Here’s a quick recap of what we did with links back to the previous blog posts.

Day 1 – 3 : Arrived on the South Island of New Zealand.  Overnight at Bronte Lodge.  Went road cycling near Nelson and did a kayak and hike day trip to Abel Tasman.

Day 4 – 5 : Mountain biking the Queen Charlotte Track.  Overnight at the Portage Resort Hotel and Vintners Retreat.

Day 6 – 7 : Whale watching and dolphin swimming near Kaikoura.  Visited a secret seal colony.  Watched a Sheep Shearing show. Overnight at Hapuku Tree House Lodge. Also had a short visit to Hanmer Springs on the way to Christchurch before we stayed overnight at the Charlotte Jane.

Day 8 – 9 : Travel on the Tranz Alpine over to the west coast.  We made a brief stop at Shanty Town before we arrived at the Franz Josef Glacier for our scenic helicopter flight and day of Ice Climbing.  Overnight at Te Waonui Forest Retreat.

Day 10 – 11 : Travel to Wanaka and stayed overnight at Minaret Lodge.  We went skydiving from 15k feet, Miki took a scenic Tiger Moth flight and I did a acrobatic flight in the Pitts, went fishing on lake Wanaka, hiked to the top of mount iron, and topped it off by the fly, hike, jet boat “Siberia Experience“.

Day 12 – 13 : Travel to Fiordland with an overnight at Fiordland Lodge before heading to Millford sound.  Took a quick sidetrip to Glow worm caves in Te Anau.  Hiked to the Key Summit and many other scenic spots on the way to our overnight cruise on Millford Sound.

Day 14 – 16 : Travelled back to Queenstown and stayed at the one of the best places on earth… Blanket Bay.  We did the Shotover canyon jet boat ride, Bungy jumping and the Nevis Arc, and finished up the trip with a hot air balloon ride hours before we caught our flight back to Tokyo.

Like I said, one of the best vacations ever.  Contact Emma at New Zealand Travel Designers and she can help you put a trip like this together for you.

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