It was unintentional – the decision to do the road trip now was solely based on our planned activities for the remainder of the year, plus to capitalize on an opportunity to do part of the trip in company of dear friends. Nevertheless, the choice of season couldn’t have been better, for we got to see New Zealand’s Autumn Foliage from beginning to end, in full splendor.
It would be incorrect and unfair to say the West side of New Zealand’s South Island is the best for visiting. The rolling hills of the Eastern Plains, unending sheep-clad green pastures, unexpected surprises hidden in the coastal cities, and the raw natural beauty of the south – they all have utter charm. That being said, the drama of the landscapes to the West is second-to-none in this world. And this is where we headed to as we started looping back north.
Next on our tour of NZ’s South Island, we drove to its southernmost end.