After 3 days in Christchurch, it was time for Hung and Markus to head back to their countries and the real world. Dropping them at the airport I was definitely sad to see them go, but at the same time it’s good to be back to the slower pace of travel that I’ve become accustomed to. The 2 weeks of travel was downright exhausting to me, yet it was something that just 6 months ago I did without issue. I’ve grown soft in my relaxed ways of travel! We covered over 2500km in the 14 days on the south island – I’d done roughly 9000km on my own over 175 days prior to that.
Here’s the map of where we went:
The highlights for me were the Ben Lomond hike, Milford Sound and Te Anau in general. I’m looking forward to being back to each of those spots with later travelers, and I’ll also be in Milford and Te Anau on my own at other times. For now though, I was finished with Christchurch. It was time to head north to the cozy beach-side town of Kaikoura.