Here are a few of the pics of the campsites we have been staying at. My favorite was the Haast junction
Not quite a campsite but this is the view from Kelley’s balcony in Wellington.
This is from our first night of camping during the bike ride, we stayed by a big football/ rugby field in havelock. We were awoken in the middle of the night by a wild kiwi, frustratingly trying to open our take away box containing our leftover fries. This is our only sighting of wild kiwi, although we encountered a couple more road kill later in the trip.
This is in Nelson, we had a very tiny campsite, shared with people from the Netherlands who have been trampling all around the country.
Day 3, we stayed at Owens River Hotel, after the sandflies attack at Kawatiri Junction, where we had originally intended on camping. Even in the hotel room, we had to battle the mosquitoes and sandflies all night long.
Day 4 at Westport, we stayed at a nice holiday park, there were lots of Weka birds around (hybrid between kiwi and duck, super awkward animal)
Day 5 at Punakaiki beach, we slept lulled by waves crashing, 600′ away from our campsite.
Day 6, Hokitika,, our tent site was a little weird and it felt like we were staying in someone’s backyard. It was only a block away to the beach with the most majestic sunset.
Day 7, due to impending rain, we stayed at a backpackers facility at Harihari. It was bleak, so no pictures.
Day 8, we stayed at a nice hostel in Franz Josef. It was raining hard. We even had our own balcony.
Day 9& 10, stuck at Fox Glacier, it was still raining.
Day 11, finally on the bikes again! We got to Haast junction and scored this gorgeous campsite.
Day 12, at the quaint, quiet town of Makarora, surrounded by sheep.
Day 13, Wanaka, we stayed by the river. No pictures 😦