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South Island Splendour


New Zealand photographer Rachel Stewart recently travelled the lower South Island with two of her besties in a maui motorhome. Their 8-day adventure covered a lot of ground. From Queenstown to Milford Sound, Lake Matheson, Mount Cook, Tekapo and so many glorious places in between, it's no wonder they were able to capture all of these incredible shots! Have a read of her story and you'll be itching for your next South Island motorhome adventure!


8 days


Queenstown to Christchurch


Best Time of the Year



  • Key Summit Trail
  • Mount Cook Heli Experience
  • Southern Lights/Aurora
  • Lake Matheson
  • Lake Wanaka
  • Lake Hawea
  • Glenorchy

The Journey


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Day 1
Queenstown to Milford Sound

Distance 280km - Driving Time 4 hours

Day 2
Milford Sound

Day 3
Milford Sound to Mt Cook via Key Summit and Queenstown

Distance 584km - Driving Time 8 hours

Day 4
Mount Cook

Day 5
Mount Cook to Twizel via Tekapo

Distance 165km - Driving Time 2.5 hours

Day 6
Twizel to Lake Matheson

Distance 400km - Driving Time 5 hours

Day 7
West Coast to Queenstown via Wanaka

Distance 380km - Driving Time 5 hours

Day 8
Queenstown to Christchurch

Distance 480km - Driving Time 6 hours