Hiking, Surfing and Soaking up Winter Scenery - Chris Grundy's Wilderness Road Trip

It had been 9 years since I jumped across the ditch and explored what New Zealand's South Island had to offer. So this year I decided to do a three week motorhome road trip/surfing mission (starting and finishing in Christchurch) to see what I could find. The landscape is constantly changing and every corner reveals yet another beautiful structure. New Zealand offers a large array of diverse landscapes, and if you don't mind the cold June/July is a great window to visit it. 

The first week I covered the majority of the South Island from East to West with a friend of mine, venturing all the way down to The Catlins, which should definitely be on your itinerary! Snow capped mountains, pristine lakes and deserted beaches continued to fill my memory cards. Its hard to drive more than 5 minutes without pulling over on the side of the road and getting the camera out. One of my highlights was a solo hike through the Hooker Valley Track. I woke up before first light, made myself a coffee and a bowl of muesli and the milk was starting to freeze in the bowl. The next couple of hours were some of the coldest moments of my life, but as the light started to reveal itself I witnessed some of the most breathtaking views and something that I'll never forget. It was a great way to wrap up the last few days of my trip as I slowly made my way back to Christchurch. 

Uncrowded beauty is the reason why I would definitely head back to New Zealand, along with hanging with good company, scoring epic waves, endless entertainment from the local sea lions, glacial encounters and spinning yarns with locals. 

It was a pleasure working with Wilderness Motorhomes during my time over there. The Freestyle 2 motorhome / camper van was extremely comfortable and had everything you could possibly need on a surfing road trip! 

After clocking 4000kms on the open road and countless jaw dropping landscapes, my trip had unfortunately come to an end. 

Here's a little preview of what I saw. 



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