New Zealand’s South Island is a wild southern land of stunning scenery, dramatic mountain ranges, quaint villages and great four-wheel driving
From Omarama, the gliding capital of New Zealand, the convoy zig-zagged across the steep-sided mountains, traversing along the mountain tops with great views in all directions, before carefully making their way down into the valleys below.
This tour accessed many of the heights of the South Island, such as driving along the top of the Pisa Range (6000 feet) among the schist tors and stopping for lunch beside a pretty tarn. We also crossed the St Bathans Range and the Hector Mountains (5000 feet) for more 4-wheel drive adventure.
It is not all mountain tops in New Zealand. There are river valleys, including crossing the Nevis River multiple times and the Mavora Lakes where the road led through pristine Beech Forest to a drive along the lake shore.
The historic gold mining township of St Bathans provided accommodation for one night with a home cooked meal for dinner. Cardrona was another historic township where we stayed in the delightful hotel.
Once the 4-wheel driving was complete there was time to relax in Queenstown, Cromwell and Wanaka before returning to Christchurch via Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo.
New Zealand is a land of stunning scenery, dramatic mountain ranges, quaint villages and great 4-wheel driving and you can see it all in our latest video Wild Southern Land: New Zealand’s South Island.
For more South Island 4 wheel drive adventure see our video New Zealand: Down South.