Scott and I spent 11 days in New Zealand last month. It was amazing. Neither of us had done much internationally traveling so this was a big deal trip for us. We wanted to see as much of the country as possible during our short stay and opted to drive ourselves across the country and camped as much as possible. We arrived in Queenstown which ended up being the perfect spot as we spent our first three nights in the nearby areas of Fiordland National Park, Mount Aspiring National Park, and Wanaka.
For our first night, we were lucky enough to have a campground entirely to ourselves. We stayed at the Mackay Creek Campsite in Fiordland National Park which had a beautiful view of the East Eglinton River Valley in the distance and some beautiful flowers along the creek. The next day we drove Milford Road to Milford Sound which might have been one of our favorite drives as nearly all the mountains surrounding us had tons of waterfalls pouring down the sides of them. It was like being on another planet. We stopped off for a quick hike to see The Chasm which was pretty nifty. After we left Milford Sound we made our way to the Sylvan Campsite in Mount Aspiring National Park, unfortunately by the time we got there it was pretty cold and rainy but we had enough of a small break during the downpour to get our tent set up and kept relatively dry. It was so windy and rainy that night, the most stormy weather we have endured camping thus far, but our tent stayed dry and it was a quite an experience to hear the strong winds gust through the forest before hitting our tent. I had wanted to spend the next morning taking the drive to Skippers to see a spot used in the filming of THE LORD OF THE RINGS but the nasty weather was going to continue and it was a remote area that I was already worried about accessing with our rental car so we made our way to Wanaka early where we were looking forward to a warm meal and a room for the night.