Queenstown- I don't even know where to begin with this one, it is easily one of my favorite places in all of New Zealand. I remember thinking that a place this beautiful couldn't be real. I went on two separate occasions. The first time was with one of my best friends Jeana we went for a week and stayed at The Base Hostel- this hostel had the perfect location and if you're young and looking to meet people and party this hostel is what you're looking for. However, if you're a light sleeper I recommend staying a bit farther away from the main strip such as The Hippo Hostel- this hostel is about a 5 minute walk from the center but much quieter and has an incredible view. Both Hostels had their own kitchens make your own meals which saved us a lot of money! The base hostel had a movie theater if you're feeling like a night in and area on the main floor that will help you plan out any excursions you're desiring. The staff was super helpful and helped us plan out 3 days of snowboarding, and a trip to milford sound using naked bus tours. We went snowboarding for about $115 a day including a ride to the mountain. The mountains we road at were Cardrona, Treble Cone and The Remarkables. I highly recommend taking a bus if you don't have a reliable car or feel comfortable driving without guards because the drive is pretty extreme.
We rented our gear for about $40 a day because we chose to get the higher quality stuff.
You absolutely have to eat a Fergburger while you're there, even if you're veggie (they have falafel) but make sure you go at an odd time because the line can get crazy. Another favorite is VUDU Cafe this place is a dream come true, its a little bit pricer but well worth it! The 'grilled halloumi and free range poached eggs' was my favorite and big enough to share! Queenstown is known for its amazing bars and we took full advantage of this, so finding "rehab" juice & smoothie bar was a lifesaver. Ferg Bakery
Speaking of bars my all time favorite was The Find this place was alice and wonderland themed and had little tea pot drinks (so cute) another was The Rhino's Ski Shack this place is somewhat hidden, has great beer & plays snowboarding on the tv so it felt like home for my jeanbean. To be honest this place is small, you literally just walk around and you'll find great places.
Kaikoura- this quant little town is the perfect little get away. I remember thinking why don't more people live here? Its views were insane! Picture massive snowcapped mountains AND the turquoise ocean in the same frame... it was an unreal mix. This place will always be one of the dreamiest places because I fulfilled my childhood dream of swimming with wild dolphins in the open ocean check out my video of the experience. A must do is visiting the seal pups playing in a waterfall check out this video on my instagram and read a bit about it on this blog. We also camped out 3 nights here and it felt like we were in a globe of stars. It was the most magical night sky I have ever encountered.
Christchurch- this city had so much soul.
Just 45 minutes away from Christchurch is Castle hill which in 2002 was named the 'spiritual center of the universe' by the Dalai Lama. Thats enough for me to want to check it out.
I was lucky enough to make some awesome friends throughout my travels who captured some amazing pictures & videos. Check 'em out
Here are some New Zealand Instagram's i've found interesting