We’ve been to the South Island many times in the last decade, but this time we wanted to have an adventure where we could see parts of NZ we could only dream of.Having a hire car and a staying in motels is so inconvenient and makes it really hard to see and enjoy the brief moments at sunrise or sunset that no one else will get to see.
THIS WAS THE PLAN: Hire a motorhome for 12 days & buy a pen…well…that's to tick off all the locations on the bucket list of course. ;)
As professional Landscape Photographers, we've used many different Motorhomes around the world. On our trips we are, quite often, limited by time and resources. It was so satisfying to hear that Wilderness made the effort to pick us up and drop us off from the airport on our arrival and departure. The service was both friendly and helpful and the staff went above and beyond to help us understand all the features of our Motorhome (we both had no idea, but it was so much easier than we expected!) and they also informed us where we could freedom camp and where we could find powered sites.
As for the Motorhome? Well, all we can say is...WOW! They are the best by far. Very easy and comfortable to drive and have all the luxury features you'd find in an upmarket hotel room. Unlike other motorhomes, the bed was comfy and there was ample storage. It was even comforting to know all the windows had double glazing to keep us warm and keep the cold NZ weather out.
In the first few days we visited the Morakei Boulders, Nugget Point, Milford Sound (which is a MUST btw), Queenstown (don’t forget to try a Fergeburger while you’re there) and Glenorchy. On our last night we freedom camped in Glenorchy. Just before we went to bed we looked outside to see the Aurora Australis in all its glory! We grabbed the cameras and captured some of the best images we’ve taken to date! It was unbelievable to see and if we weren’t away from all the lights of the towns we would NEVER have seen this phenomenon.
The next half of our trip we made the hike up to Mount Cook and captured some amazing light at sunset with a perfect reflection in the lake below with icebergs. The next morning we were in Lake Wanaka photographing a lone tree in the water and got another amazing sunrise! This is another MUST see. We then headed off to Lake Tekapo and spent a few nights photographing the Milky Way above the Church of the Good Shepherd and had an amazing time.
The hardest part of the trip? Handing the keys back to Wilderness lol. This was one of the BEST trips we have EVER had! If you’re a photographer wanting to get more out've your NZ experience or even an adventure seeker, we couldn't recommend these guys anymore and you can be assured we will be back again for our next trip. :)