Today we said goodbye to the South Island and caught the ferry back to Wellington. I had an amazing time exploring its wilderness and grew to have a proper appreciation for its beauty. I wish I could’ve skipped getting sick though, but the overall experience was wonderful.
I especially enjoyed the wild west coast with miles of rocky shoreline and tumbling waves. Snowy Haast Pass was a revelation. Wanaka and Queenstown, both surrounded by mountains and fronting a lake, were my favorite cities, and I loved the absolute isolation at Abel Tasman.
There are so many great things to discover on the South Island. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a tramping fanatic, the South Island holds a world of activities and adventures for you. The best part about it is that you feel as though the world is at your fingertips. Less populated than the North Island, the South Island can provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of your every day life. It can help you recenter and reconnect with yourself without distractions and allows you to truly experience nature uncensored.