We crossed the Southern Alps and stopped in Arthur’s Pass, where we hiked through a beautiful forest and to a huge waterfall. It was impressive to drive through the mountains and see the towering, snow-capped peaks, but the village was the strangest place I’ve been to in NZ…

The way down towards Christchurch was a scenic drive with spectacular views of the mountaini ranges, the volcanic formations, gigantic water streams and green hills on the lower slopes of the Southern Alps.