Next stop was Lake Tekapo, although there were obviously a few stops for water and a bit of exploring on the way.
I met Friday the sheep dog statue on our journey. He is very famous. You can read about him here.
The scenery around Lake Tekapo is incredible and the colour of the water is a stunning blue!
Unfortunately there is only one campground and they weren’t pet friendly, so we decided to keep driving until we found somewhere that was.
And when we did we were so thankful we couldn’t stay in Lake Tekapo. We found the most beautiful and private spot which ended up being our favourite stop in our whole holiday - freedom camping at Lake Pukaki. We didn’t see one single person the whole time we were there.
What do you think was the first thing I did (apart from the obvious of course)?
Rabbit hunting! I never catch them, I just like to try and sniff them out and chase them.
The sun started going down and I was all tired out from all my exploring, so I set up camp for the night.
Mackenzie Basin is very well known for incredible star gazing, it is a must see.
The next morning, we said a sad farewell to Lake Pukaki as there was more adventures to be had.
Next stop, Queenstown where I had an overnight stay with my grandparents while my parents went and did all sorts of activities like white water rafting and jet boating, all of which I’m not allowed to do, a real shame. But I had loads of fun exploring the wonderful sites of Queenstown, so many new smells everywhere I go. I love it, and I love my grandparents so much too!
We went to feed the ducks. I was fascinated! They weren’t scared of me, although I really wasn’t sure what to make of them. Normally I want to chase them, but this time I just sat very quietly and watched.
I kinda wanted what my Nan was feeding them. I tried to give her the “cute look”, but it didn’t work.
The next day we were on the road again, this time over the mountains to Wanaka. We went via Arrowtown and then this amazing look out. The mountains are breath taking!
My second favourite place to stay was definitely Wanaka. We were welcomed at the most pet friendly campground we have ever stayed at, called Lake Outlet Holiday Park. And you wouldn’t believe it, we met two other Cavoodles who looked JUST like me!
There are SO many awesome things to do in Wanaka, it is dog heaven. I zoomed around with other dogs, I went on bush walks, I lay down in the crystal-clear, freezing-cold lake and it didn’t bother me one bit!
The cricket World Cup happened to be on and Gramps loves cricket so I even got to go to the pub.
We ended up loving Wanaka so much that we changed our travel plans and stayed for three days.
Sadly after saying goodbye, we had to head home and boy was I in need of a bath!
What a fantastic holiday we had. There is still so much more to see of the South Island and we are so lucky to be living here in Dunedin now, which means we will be doing a lot more of these adventures.
This winter will be my first experience of snow and we will be heading back to a very different Wanaka!