Driving in New Zealand is 100% backwards to us Americans. That being said, we still managed to get everywhere we needed to go with plenty of interesting stops along the way. Some famous social places, and some amazing scenery all along the way.
Located on the South Island, Arthur's Pass lies between the Tasman Sea on the West, and Christchurch to the East. On our Honeymoon, Maryellen and I stayed at the Wilderness Lodge right on the footsteps of Arthur's Pass National Park. The lodge is a working Sheep farm with roughly 3,500 Merino sheep. We were extraordinarily lucky to have the first two of our nights at the lodge completely to ourselves. As such we became close friends with the owner.
Lake Moeraki lies on the Western side of the South Island on the Tasman Sea. The Lake is rather small, but the main draw of the area are the Fiordland penguin, which you can see if you're lucky when they come to shore during the mating season.
Rotorua is a geothermal hotbed area in New Zealand. We spent a couple of nights in the small town, sadly it rained quite heavily during it. For the first half of the day we took the Skyline Gondola up for a wine tasting. In the evening we had true Maori cultural experience.
Milford Sound is often called the 8th National Wonder of the world and there's good reason for that. It is absolutely gorgeous! We took a 45 minute scenic flight from Queenstown over the Southern Alps and then went on a 90 minute cruise around the Fjord. Fur seals, waterfalls, and endless mountains were some of the highlights.
We didn't satay in Queenstown proper, instead we were at a quaint B&B in Arrowtown, about 20 minutes away. On our three days in the area we took a trip to Milford Sound, we visited a Kiwi Bird Sanctuary, and explored historic Arrowtown. Along the way we ate some exotic food, and had some truly unique experiences.