Christchurch, New Zealand
: On Tuesday, we picked up our Happy Camper in Christchurch and drove south towards Timaru
. With provisions in hand we were all stocked up for 26 days in our new home. Out came the atlas since we hadn’t planned a route ahead of time, and off we went in search of a home for the night.
The first night we found an off-the-beaten path campsite at the base of the Opihi River
where it feeds into the Pacific Ocean, a small community called Millford Huts. We ate some dinner, made up the bed and crested the hill to see 5-7 salmon fishermen working on a catch for the night. It was pretty magical to be situated on the ocean in such a quiet spot. Day 1 of camping was good.
We left Millford Huts on Wednesday, heading west & inland. We had a picnic lunch on the rocks at Lake Tekapo
, a glacier fed lake with unbelievably green water. Heading a little north and west, we decided on a campsite in a more rural area away from the tourists at Lake Tekapo. We backed the van up against a babbling brook where a few ducks checked in to say hi, and then we were off on a hike around Lake Alexandrina
. After a dip in the lake, Thomas grilled outside and dinner was served brookside on our little camp table. So far, we’re both loving this camper van plan.
Tagged: camper van, Christchurch, ducks, glacier lake, happy camper, Lake Alexandrina, Lake Tekapo, Millford Huts, Ohipi River, salmon, Timaru