When I was first beginning to plan my trip. I searched over countless blog post for things to do and places to see. It took sometime, but I was able to compile a pretty large bucket list. Many things I saw, others I didn’t. Here, I have created a bucket list with my top bucket list picks.
What You'll Find
- 1. Marvel the Views of the Cook Strait
- 2. Stay at New Zealand’s, Purakauni Campsite
- 3. Visit Cathedral Cave
- 4. Frolic in the Endless Lupin Fields of Tekapo
- 5. Star-gaze from Mt. John Observatory
- 6. Walk up the Guinness World Records Steepest Neighbourhood Street
- 7. Stop at Tunnel Beach
- 9. Snap a photo of the Moeraki Boulders
- 10. Visit one of the most Photographed Waterfalls in the World
1. Marvel the Views of the Cook Strait
The views grasp you and makes the three hour ride fly by. Be aware, if you are driving, make sure to grab everything you need from your car before you head up. The doors to the car level lock once everyone is on board.
2. Stay at New Zealand’s, Purakauni Campsite
3. Visit Cathedral Cave
This is a must do while you are in the Catlins. For $5 it was totally worth it. Just note, it is only open during low tide. As well if the water is to rough it won’t open at all. So make sure you visit an I-site to check out the open times.
4. Frolic in the Endless Lupin Fields of Tekapo
When I arrived in Lake Tekapo, I went mad taking photos of the flowers. I couldn’t get enough, they were just so photogenic. I came to late in the season that there were no snow-capped mountains, but the Lupins fields definitley made up for it.
5. Star-gaze from Mt. John Observatory
If you are willing to hike the 1 hour up to the Observatroy (since road access closes at night, unless you have a tour) it is truly spectacular.
Be warned, bring many layers. The wind is insane and it gets very very cold. If you don’t feel like taking the hike or paying for the $100 tour, you can still star-gaze by the lake.
6. Walk up the Guinness World Records Steepest Neighbourhood Street
I had no idea about this road until someone told me about it while I was at the Catlins. I am glad I saw it.
The photo may not show it, but it was steep. I even drove up it in my beater car. I thought at one point my car would fail and wouldn’t make it. Not to worry, I made it. If you do plan to drive up it, be prepared to either take a hard right or left at the top.
7. Stop at Tunnel Beach
Tunnel Beach was more of a touristy spot, but still beautiful. Apparently it belonged to a young girl of a wealthy family, whom wanted to have her own private beach. That is exactly what she got.
8. Head to Slope Point and stand on the most Southern Tip of New Zealand
This is another I recommend adding to your bucket list. It was probably the highlight of my road trip in this area. I find it completely intriguing that this was as South as you could go before reaching Antartica.
9. Snap a photo of the Moeraki Boulders
The Moeraki Boulders were interesting. It was fascinating to imagine how they were created and how long it took. Definitely a bucket lister.
10. Visit one of the most Photographed Waterfalls in the World
Purakaunui Falls. It’s one of the most photographed waterfalls for a reason.
If want to see more New Zealand Bucket Lists, check post on North Island Bucket List