Hiking Richmond and Nelson was amazing, but there are so many beautiful things to see in NZ, so instead of continuing on TA to walk on roads we went on a road trip, hired a car. Quite a change in traveling for me. First time to drive on the wrong side of the road. I managed to keep to the wrong side almost all the way!
On the road trip that lasted me for more than two weeks i saw:
Christchurch, where we started with good burgers and local craft beer.
Mount cook and Tasman glacier, big!
Queenstown, amazing ice cream and yoga by the beach
Glow worms in Te Anau
Dunedin, nothing much to see on a Tuesday haha
Glenorchy and Kinloch, yummy breakfast at the cafe
Keas and beauty on the Routeburn track
Milford sound, almost kayaking. Cancelled just as we got into the kayaks.
Cheese and wine and festival in Arrowtown / Gibbston Valley
Unsuccessful sunrise ascent of Ithmus peak in Wanaka (covered in clouds, slept in, ate brunch. So worth it)
After this massively overwhelming amount of activities I tried to go back to the trail from Christchurch. Aiming for mile crushing the last 800km or so..