What an awesome 9 days with Jucy Rentals! It’s been great to do some photography for such a prestiges rental company. As many people will tell you, the best way to see New Zealand is in a campervan. Travelling in a camper gives you so much freedom and flexibility, there are so many hidden spots that you can visit and explore in your own time. I wouldn’t travel any other way!
I am lucky enough to have travelled the South Island on multiple occasions but this was my first experience with Jucy. After landing in Christchurch and picking up our Jucy condo we headed straight to Lake Tekapo, but not before stopping off at Dimitris for the best greek souvlaki in New Zealand (seriously check it out at the Christchurch Re:Start)!
After a night of photographing in the freezing cold it was pretty sweet to just go back to the van and pull out the bed so easily. Fortunately enough Jucy had given us 2 double duvets and 4 pillows which was awesome and made our nights warm and comfy (especially with it being -2 degrees)! Having missed the British winter this year I didn’t mind the bitter coldness of the South – I definitely felt it a bit more having acclimatised to Auckland’s warmer weather, I got used to it pretty quickly though.
Next up we headed to Mount Cook which is by far my favourite place in New Zealand. I took this opportunity to get plenty of camper shots which meant jumping out every 10 mins and running around like a mad man while Liv drove back and forth up the roads! One of the main aims of this trip was to showcase what travelling around New Zealand in the winter is like, driving around Aoraki National Park certainly shows that! There was snow everywhere!
After a long walk through the snow to and from Hooker Lake we set up camp at the White Horse Hill conservation campsite (another awesome DOC site). Sleeping between epic mountains and under a blanket of stars was incredible – it’s an experience I would encourage all NZ travellers to do (so many people skip Mt Cook)!
Having had no power at Mount Cook we couldn’t wait to get to Wanaka and plug in our heater! Wanaka reminds me of Windermere in the Lake District (UK), only with more snowboarders and travellers – it’s such a cool little town! Our plan was to go to the famous Cinema Paradiso but we’d already seen all the films (yes we watch far too many)! Instead, we hiked up to the top of Mt Iron at sunset to see the phenomenal 360 views and take some final snaps of Wanaka before continuing down to Queenstown.
It has been 9 months since we had our last Fergburger so we couldn’t get to Queenstown soon enough. We headed towards the Crown Range and stopped at the Cardrona Hotel where we learned we would be needing our snow chains – at this point we should have turned around and gone the other way! Putting the ‘easy fit’ snow chains on proved to be one of the hardest things I have ever done, although we weren’t the only ones struggling! Thankfully we (and the cue of cars) were rescued by the South African Bear Grylls of New Zealand! Seriously this guy was a legend, he even stuck with us as we drove the rest of the treacherous drive. There is so much to say about Queenstown so I will sum up my experience in a few words: Fergburger, Remarkable Sweet Shop, Flame Bar & Grill (one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to), non-stop photography opportunities and snowboards!
Driving in New Zealand is totally different to the UK, the idea of driving 4 and half hours from Queenstown to Milford Sound is a lot less monotonous than driving from Liverpool to London! Yet another incredible drive with so many amazing photo opportunities. I was jumping out every 10 minutes again and it took us 6 hours to get there! After an quick sunset shoot at the magnificent Milford Sound, we camped on the edge of Lake Gunn and woke up to breathtaking surroundings.
Our Jucy condo has been the perfect companion while travelling around the South Island, they have the space, the comfort and all the facilities you will need to make you feel at home while on the road. The best thing about driving around in any Jucy camper is definitely the Jucy community! Every Jucy we drove past either beeped, waved or flashed (not that way!)
It’s been an amazing adventure and it would be my pleasure to shoot for Jucy again! The Jucy condo was amazing! I look forward to hitting the road again soon… I’m thinking another North Island adventure at some point! I could happily photograph campervans around New Zealand for the rest of my life!
Check out some more shots from our trip – New Zealand Landscapes