My Idea Of a Perfect Road Trip.

I have a secret confession to make! I want to sacrifice the solitude every newly married girl craves for, on her honeymoon and bully my husband to embark on a road trip across the South Islands of New Zealand, with two of our common friends- Muskaan and Salil. In spring, when buds blossom and newborn lambs frolic in the fields, four friends will drive through breathtaking scenery and stunning landscapes while discovering one another. Salil and Muskaan have been in love since childhood and I hope by the end of the road trip, they are ready to start the new journey of their life!

My Gang of Good Times
My Gang of Good Times

After soaking in spectacular sights of the Southern Alps while flying in to Christchurch from India, the four of us will start our 10 Day exhilarating trip covering more than 2000 miles in a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan…common, it’s my Honeymoon guys!! :) The elegantly austere cabin of the sedan with a comforting legroom and useful road-trip safety features will ensure we travel in tranquil comfort. A DSLR camera to capture every smile and the adventurous miles would be just perfect!

The first day we will be spotted leisurely walking in one of the many gardens of Christchurch, enjoying the myriad sights and smells of New Zealand’s Spring season, a romantic couple punt ride on the Avon River and fine dining while people watching at cathedral square.


After a restful sleep, we shall arise bright and chirpy and fight over who shall take the wheel for the beautiful three hour drive to Lake Tekapo. The stunning drive will be through flat and straight roads till Burkes Pass, after which the roads will climb and stay high.The beautiful sight of turquoise blue waters of the lake flanked by the snow capped Mount Cook Mountain will leave us speechless. After some rest we will choose one of the walking trails to explore the Church of the Good Shepherd. Built in 1935 its easily one of the most photographed attractions in New Zealand. Lake Tekapo is one of the best places to go stargazing in the night, with your loved one. If we are lucky we shall also witness a glorious moonrise over the misty mountains.

Breadthtaking Sight of Lake Tekapo
Breadthtaking Sight of Lake Tekapo

Turquoise Blue Waters of Lake Tekapo
Turquoise Blue Waters of Lake Tekapo

The next day we shall explore the Tasman glacier via a Mac boat for a once in a lifetime experience to get up, close and personal with one of the largest glacier of New Zealand. En-route, at the risk of being late for our tour we will stop our sedan to soak in the views of Lake Pukaki. My husband will scream as I click away to capture cherished moments forever!

Tasmen Glacier, New Zealand's largest and longest glacier
 Tasmen Glacier, New Zealand's largest and longest glacier

The next day, the adrenaline capital of the world, Queenstown, will beckon us. We shall pass through Arrow-town, enjoying diverse scenery and more great roads singing our favorite songs. It will be almost evening by the time we reach Queenstown, but we shall refuse to collapse on the sofa. Instead, we shall head to Freg Burger, which serves juicy, huge and tongue-in-cheek named burgers almost 21 hours a day. Satiated, we will fall into a deep slumber.

The bright spring sun, streaming from the windows, will break our reverie. Anticipation building, we will set out to enjoy various adventures like skyline gondola ride, bungee jumping paragliding, hot air balloon rides and the thrilling shot over jet boat ride through river canyons at break neck speed.

Shot Over Jet Boat Ride in Queenstown
 Shot Over Jet Boat Ride in Queenstown

Who knows, I might even try Sky Diving!!! It’s not everyday that you get strapped to a complete stranger and jump from a perfectly good aircraft to float like a free bird. Late, in the night we will have a quiet dinner, pulling pranks on one another.

Next day, after lunch we shall drive for over two hours to reach Te Anau, an indescribably beautiful town with steep ravines, deep fjords and waterfalls. An extra day’s stay will be kept here for a visit to Milford Sound cruise. In the evening, we will head to see glow worm caves, a mysterious underground world of rushing water and luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Back at the resort, at night, I shall wonder about nature’s miracles to float into a dreamy sleep.

A three and a half hour drive, the next morning will take us to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of New Zealand and the second largest city in the South Islands. Victorian architecture mixes interestingly with plenty of entertainment avenues like theatre, live music clubs, restaurants and a local brewery with some free beer tasting. Dinner will be around a warm fireplace, relished over ghost stories, sending a chill down our spines.

We will wake up early to start for Christchurch for our return journey. Sitting in the comfortable sedan, Muskaan and me will go through the pictures, while the men will debate about…..politics or perils of married life, I guess! Who knows, I might get to glimpse a courageous Salil, go down on his knees finally asking Muskaan to marry him!!!

A car honks impatiently behind me, as the light turns to green. I am day dreaming about my perfect road trip, yet again! Glancing at my watch I realize,that I will be late for my client meeting. I turn the AC a notch higher and a cool waft of Ambipur New Zealand Springs car vent clip tickles my senses……

Special Note- This post is my entry "The Perfect Road Trip" Contest conceptualised by AmbiPur India & IndiBlogger. To Know more about AmbiPur Fragrances please visit www.facebook.com/AmbiPurIndia

I thank Indiblogger & AmbiPur India for the opportunity given to me to express my idea of The Perfect Road Trip, which when undertaken will leave me speechless with joy and then turn me into a story teller.

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