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Heading into the Deep South
New Zealand is a beautiful country, and while most visitors stick to the North Island and the ski areas on the South Island, there are many travel treasures ready to be discovered on a trip through the deep south. If you’re flying into Wellington or Auckland, there are daily flight connections to Christchurch and there’s also the option of driving down; the ferry ride to Picton is a magical three hour journey and on a clear day, you can see both islands at the same time while doing a Kate Winslet off the side and downing a speights. Now there’s an adventure sport for ya!Ashleigh Cattermole-Crump
My Top Picks
Nelson is one of New Zealand’s gems and for a small town it has a lot to offer for any traveller. Locals are friendly and happy and the town is bustling in the summer creating a fun and vibrant atmosphere. Events such as Light Up Nelson and the Buskers Festival are also a must-see if you’re visiting at the right time. Everything central is easy to visit with buses for public transport and it’s only a short stroll to get around the whole town. If you’re taking the ferry into Picton from the North Island you’ll be missing out if you don’t bus or drive into Nelson. Make it one of your stops.Kristina Eddy
Travel and accommodation
Okay, so I know you’re hooked. Now the only question is, how do you get there and where should you stay? Luckily, Wellington is accessible by air, car, boat, and bus. If you’re coming up from the South Island, hop on one of the Cook Straight ferries (Inter Islander or Blue Bridge) from Picton that takes you right into the city. If you’re traveling from the North without a car, Naked Bus and InterCity Bus are New Zealand’s top national bus companies with cheap fares from $1 a ticket, just be sure to book in advance. Whether you’re on a budget or splurging a little extra, there’s an option for everyone, especially when it comes to accommodation. There are over ten hostels in central Wellington alone, and numerous hotels ranging from 3 to 5 stars. YHA, Base Backpackers, and the Cambridge Hotel are some of the most centrally located and average about $29-$33 per night in a dorm room, while the Amora Hotel is more up-scale, also centrally located, and averages about $170 per night. Another option for accommodation is Airbnb.com, which allows you to rent a room from a local’s home. The biggest perk of Airbnb is that you get a home away from home setting as opposed to staying in a hostel or hotel room and dealing with unwanted noise and cleanliness (or lack thereof). The downside is it could potentially be a bit pricier and out of the way.Chelsea Haines
1. Oriental Bay:
This is my favourite beach in the world. The amazing views embrace you while you’re swimming in the beautiful water, and suddenly you can see the cruises pass that goes to Picton (Another place in New Zealand, on the South Island) Did I need to tell you anything else?Gustavo Pinto
Crossing the Cook Strait. Picton.
Living in Russia by the seaside for all my life, I have never seen mountains so close. That is why the most remembering sight from my New Zealand honeymoon trip was meeting with majestic Mount Cook surrounded by Southern Alps. Crossing the Cook Strait. Picton. We started our journey from the North Island of the country, crossed the Cook Strait by the ferry departed from modern metropolitan Wellington to the little cozy port town called Picton. Having a short tour, we mentioned the strong smell of the sea salt and freshly caught fish, lots of boats and maritime museum. When turned back we were amazed by the height of mountains far away in the horizon and quickly jumped into the bus, which brought us to Christchurch in few hours.Anna Dreamer
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