NEW ZEALAND RV Travel Guide: Christchurch to Wanaka | Little Grey Box

NEW ZEALAND RV Travel Guide: Christchurch to Wanaka | Little Grey Box


Hey you guys! Phoebe here from Little
Grey Box with Matt behind the camera and today we are in beautiful New Zealand
because we are doing an amazing RV road trip all the way from Christchurch down
to Milford Sound and back. Now we’re gonna be covering roughly 1700 kilometres
visiting beautiful mountains, amazing ski fields and some of the South Island’s
most gorgeous spots along the way. (music) Now there is one really important thing
you guys need to know and that is that we are doing this road trip without very
best friend! Laker: Hey you guys! This is Laker,
he is our all-time best friend the three of us are just hanging
out in a van having an amazing time. This is the trip of a
lifetime the kind of thing you look back on with fond memories forever Laker: Oh it’s amazing so far…
we’ve only just started Oh! Day one! We’re kicking things off in a place we haven’t visited
before at Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Now Aoraki / Mount Cook is actually
the tallest mountain in New Zealand It stands at 3,764 meters high you guys to give you an idea of
just how high that is Sir Edmund Hillary used it as a training
ground before he tackled Everest Yeah it’s that big. Now it forms part of New
Zealand’s stunning Southern Alps that is the mountain range which runs the
entire length of the South Island What we decided to do is take the Hooker
Valley Track as a way to see it now that is just one way to do it there are so
many others there’s mountaineering stargazing all kinds of adventure activities
including scenic flights that you can do out here but we decided to do a little
bit of trekking. Now unfortunately for us we’ve come out here in the Hooker Valley
Track is closed as you’ll see behind me so we did get to see a little bit of the
area which is really lovely but it would have been nice to do the whole thing
Now the whole track is 10 kilometres return it is just one trail in and out
and it’s meant to be spectacular you have mountains on either side of you it
should take around three to four hours to complete and I would recommend
packing a picnic lunch that you can bring with you so you can sit
somewhere beautiful and soak it all in because this is just perfect (music) (Laker strumming out a TUNE! Can you guess it?) Alright you guys this is it!
our motorhome ain’t she grand Now this has been organized for us by
the incredible team at Motorhome Republic I reached out to them and asked if they
would want to work together after falling in love with them last year when
we were planning our Canada trip and they said yes so a huge thank you to them.
Now we picked up the motorhome yesterday from Christchurch that was right near
Christchurch Airport and we drove from Christchurch to Twizel where we spent the
night at the Twizzle Holiday Park this morning we woke up and we drove right
here to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Now let me give you a little bit of
a look inside this beast because it is equipped with absolutely everything you
need like literally we just had some people from Beijing walk over and say
‘Hey can we have a look we’ve never seen anything quite like this’ so we’re giving tours
may as well give you one… come on! So through here we have a Laker this is our side door you guys it is so tall in here… plenty of head height
we’ve got all of our switches for all of our electronics up here to my right you’ll
have a look when Matt gets in we’ve got one of the beds so that’s where Matt and I
are sleeping above the kind of driving area we’ve got our breakfast nook this is
where we’ve been eating our meals and kind of hanging out of a morning and an
evening we’ve got so much storage Matt’s falling over! We’ve got so much storage
in all of these places but what we decided to do was unpack all our luggage
in there because our big bulky hardshell suitcases were taking up too much room
and in hindsight it was a much better idea to pack soft bags instead of big
suitcases so I would recommend that but even if you do bring suitcases you can
just do what we did unpack in here and use all this storage so you can find
your stuff easily now when it comes to cooking we’ve got a full burner cooktop
here we’ve got three gas elements and one of these hobs we’ve got a grill…
check this out all of our cooking stuff is in here we’ve got our plunger for coffee, essential
We’ve got all of our bowls and plates all about cooking implements
everything we could need and then come down here we’ve got our sink we have a
microwave, toaster, kettle, space heater we’ve got a mirror here through here is
a little bathroom but to be honest with you we’ve just been using the showers at
the Holiday Park just so we can like get out of the van away from each other for
five minutes and have some alone time and to be really quite frank that toilet
is just for numero uno, not numero dos then back here we’ve got our little
fridge and this area now this area is where Laker has been sleeping but this
actually moves out so this can also be a seating area or a dining area but we
kind of liked it like this and decided just to leave it there so we can just
lay around and hang out and enjoy ourselves so ours is the Maui Platinum
River Motorhome and it is just perfect it is a really good size for us it’s
really easy to drive, it is diesel and we are having no problems whatsoever so I
ten out of ten recommend you guys the amount of freedom this thing is giving
us it is like the road trip of our dreams this is the kind of adventure you
have once in a lifetime and never ever ever forget about it we have been
dreaming of doing something like this our whole lives and we finally made it
happen and we just couldn’t be any happier Matt: What are you doing Phoebs? Alright… and for lunch, we are trying to eat really healthy um… we are having
some beautiful hommus and salad and veggie and bean wraps and
we’re probably gonna have those with maybe some crisps or something like that
so these are super easy to make and we picked up everything we needed grocery
wise from the Countdown near Christchurch Airport but you could stop
at any supermarket and like I said we’ve got everything we need on board
it’s so easy (music) We are in Wanaka one of my favourite places in
New Zealand now Wanaka is based on the southern end of Lake Wanaka which you
can see behind me it is also the access point to the Southern Alps Mount Aspiring
National Park now you guys that place is chock full of activities and in fact
there’s so much you can see and do from Wanaka itself including great ski
fields like Cardrona and Treble Cone there are loads of great restaurants
cafes, pubs, bars in town over there not only that but it is a great base for
activities like skydiving, snowshoeing horse riding, trekking, four-wheel driving
there are Warbirds Over Wanaka which is like a plane exhibit and you can also do
some great scenic flights from this place as well and of course, everything
lake related. Now you guys I love Wanaka for one reason in particular and that’s
because it is so laid-back. All the times that we’ve come here and kind of
connected with locals the story has been that people have moved here, they’ve come
here on holidays and then they’ve moved to you because they’ve loved it so much
so I tend to find that makes the locals really appreciative of the area and it
sets the tone. Where Queenstown is kind of your party zone, Wanaka is a bit more
laid-back and you know me, that’s my vibe (music) So we’re trying to take a cute photo for
Instagram and look at these little ducks they want to be friends Namaste ducks, you are beautiful! I love you Subscribe to my channel (music) So this is where we are staying tonight
right here at the Glendhu Bay Motor Camp Now I found this place online
and I was feeling you guys It is the only lakeside holiday park
in Wanaka and it is just beautiful so let me show you behind us… wow! So we have
got these beautiful mountains behind us the Southern Alps, of course, we’re gonna
be able to see Mount Aspiring in the morning we’ve got the lake we’ve got
everything we could possibly need with a powered site now for three adults for
two nights it was a $108 New Zealand dollars and I think that is fantastic value
it goes perfectly with our Motorhome Republic camper look at us
and you guys, come and have a look at this guy… so Laker’s going to entertain us but really we
have everything we need here I mean there’s showers there’s laundry facilities
there’s Wi-Fi there’s fire pits there’s barbecue areas there’s even hot tubs
which we’re hoping to try tomorrow night after skiing but look I can’t
think of a better place to stay in Wanaka (music) So we thought we’d come somewhere we have never
been before for dinner and we are here at The Prince Albert aptly named because it is
in Albert Town which is a little bit outside of Wanaka Town not a far drive
maybe five or ten minutes now this place has some great beers some great drinks
and you guys the menu is fantastic if you love burgers this is your spot we
have had so much fun today it’s amazing how much you can pack into one day
already but we are not done we have so much fun planned for tomorrow including
a full day up at Cardrona. Laker’s gonna learn how to snowboard which is
incredible oh my gosh I’m gonna have you ski buddy! So you guys we’re gonna get
some rest right now… well I am, I think these two are going to the pub to watch the
State of Origin. I am gonna get some rest right now and I will see you
in the morning Good morning you guys we just had a great sleep in our beautiful RV and we
are up bright and early this morning because you cannot come to New Zealand
in the winter and not take advantage of the snow so today we are going to Cardrona. Now Cardrona and Treble Cone are both within close driving distance of
Wanaka but I have to say I think Cardrona is my favorite just because it has more
runs that are better suited to my very low skill level so we’re gonna be at three
different skill levels today Matt the expert Laker is a total novice and for
once in my life I’m not gonna be the absolute newbie and I’m so, so excited
So we’re gonna give you a look at Cardrona show you some of the runs, show you some
of the food options and guys you know when we’re making these snow videos
there’s one thing we like to say… Shred it (music) Before we head up the mountain
we are just making a quick stop here at Charlie Brown now they have
amazing coffees, delicious crepes and all things yummy this is a great way to
start your day… we just had some coffee in our RV and now this is going to be our
proper breakfast before we head up the mountain on the shuttle you guys… yum
now they have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options so no matter what
your dietary requirements they’ve got you covered (music) Alright we’re all kitted out, so we’ve done our gear
rental, we’ve got our lift passes it’s really quite warm here today, albeit quite…
What is this? Not overcast but there’s a bit of cloud cover it should um… yeah it
should clear up in the afternoon in the meantime not many queues because
we timed our visit outside the school holidays you guys so we’re gonna get out
there shred it! Laker: shred life! Shred life! (music) All of that shredding builds up one heck of an appetite you guys and we have come here to the
Noodle Bar this is where we ate last time we visited and because we were
here in school holidays it was really busy but today it’s really lovely and
quiet you can see the snow outside it’s just lovely and I have ordered this
vegan bento box What! Now they have a great menu they have so many different dietary requirements covered, gluten-free, vegan vegetarian, dairy free meat lover
whatever you are… this looks incredible let’s jump in and try something cause I don’t even
know what half of this is…what’s up with this thing? What is that? (mumbling) it’s delicious! Matt: are you dressing each other? We’re best friends, it’s not weird. Is it normal? it’s normal! We’re wearing matching outfits that we bought on purpose because we wanted to match And looking very sexy Absolutely! (music) Alright, so Laker’s done his private two-hour lesson with one of the amazing guides here, Roy and he’s about to show us what he’s learnt Hey you guys, this is Roy my instructor
my first time snowboarding and this is the best student
I have never taught before Phoebe: this guy! What’s he doing? Good morning you guys so we are waking
up here again at Glendhu Bay Motor Camp in Wanaka, we had a great night’s sleep
feels like we just starting to figure things out, we know where everything
is in the van, we’re starting to work like a well-oiled machine we’re
making dinner we’re playing cards and we’re getting a great night’s sleep
it’s been amazing so far Now today, we’re actually doing
something really exciting I’ve been telling Laker
that we’re going snowshoeing when in actual fact we’re going skydiving
in about 45 minutes and he has no idea. Matt and I have
been talking it up so hard we’re like get ready for snowshoeing! He’s been asking us loads of questions, we’ve been lying through our teeth about it and he literally has no clue so we’re about to
tell him when he gets back from the shower blocks and see what he thinks see
if he’s ready to jump out of a perfectly good plane in about 45 minutes from now Good morning you guys so we are waking up
in Glendhu Bay this morning we’ve got the mountains behind us.
How’d you sleep? Look at that! Oh amazing…
like a bug in a rug Like a bug in a rug except we’re bugs in RV’s and today you guys we are you doing something really
really exciting we are going snowshoeing are you excited? Woo! I am…. Have you ever been snowshoeing? Never, first time… that’s exciting…. I’ve put tennis racquets on my feet before
but never actual snowshoes It’s gonna be exactly like that What if I told you that we’re not going
snowshoeing today What are we doing? We’re going skydiving What! No! Did you have any idea? Nooooo! We’re going skydiving in about 40 minutes from now Holy %$*! No! You shouldn’t have eaten such a big breakfast No way! We’re jumpin out of a plane? Yes Holy #!*$ We’re going to Skydive Wanaka,
we’re gonna drive there right now we can get strapped up
and we’re gonna go up we’re gonna jump out of a perfectly
good plane, I’m shaking… I’m so excited I really wanted to go snowshoeing….no! We’re jumping out of a plane? it’s happening oh I’m not prepared I’m getting the jitter, I wish I was
one of those people that was like really like ‘oh yeah no big deal’
I’m not, I’m so excited and nervous and oh my gosh… I’m floored… (tense music) Oh my god, I’m so nervous
I’m cold and sweating all at once no comment (music) That was epic there are no words to
describe how much fun that was from start to finish the team at Skydive Wanaka
are so professional it is so beautiful you get a scenic flight on the
way up you know Sam who was strapped to my back he was like pointing out all the
different places we could see Queenstown Mount Aspiring, Mount Cook we could see
so much from up there and the moment that door opens your like… wow I’m really
about to jump out of this thing and then bang you are out and just the smile on my
face I was screaming, hooting, hollering the adrenaline was pumping I was so
happy I just felt alive you guys and… in that moment you just feel like this is
what life is all about moments like these so I cannot recommend Skydive
Wanaka enough and it is the perfect perfect complement to this awesome trip
that we’re doing these are the kinds of memories you have forever and I am so so
grateful for them it just… yeah, it’s amazing And that brings our first video of
our NZ road trip to a close so far we have covered from Christchurch here to
Wanaka but we have a long way to go so make sure you tune in for our next
videos so you can see more of this epic adventure thank you so much for watching
you guys I hope you enjoyed this video now if you don’t already be sure to
subscribe and say hello in the comments below have a great weekend and I will
see you next week love ya!

30 thoughts on “NEW ZEALAND RV Travel Guide: Christchurch to Wanaka | Little Grey Box

  1. Great video! It was lovely bumping into you guys near Tekapo and having a chat! I'll be keeping an eye for that video 🙂

  2. New Zealand absolutely has lots of magnificent views, wow! Cameraman has done a good job in here! One of the things I've always been wanting to do was Skydiving and you've done it by now. I still have to plan mine ?. Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend ✌️

  3. WoW guys ,that was awesome!! loved the map addition and the music was ?cinematography was top , kudos Matt
    Enjoy the rest of your road trip Xx

  4. Such a great area on the South Island! We didn’t really try the cuisine over there, but the activities are awesome

  5. Yet another fun, full of know how's and top quality content video. I love the way you folks are using the feedback from the comments. We recently did a Tassie road trip and your video now puts the Southern island RV trip right on the list.

  6. Hi guy's, I'm from a small place called Temuka but now live in Brisbane Australia, haven't been home for a long time, just want to say thanks for the great video, I didn't realize what I had until I saw this video, thanks again.

  7. I miss NZ & thanks for this video.. You guys are really talented. Nice editing & Phoebe is really good at presenting. I enjoyed this video from start to finish. 🙂

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