Although I was born and for the most part raised in New Zealand I have never road tripped the South Island. In fact, I have only ever been to Christchurch. Once. Pre-2010 earthquake. On a day trip. Tiernan’s in the same boat. Despite having lived in New Zealand for a whole year he has only ever visited Christchurch.
We realise what a god-awful scandal this is and plan on rectifying it immediately. Fortunately, we are due to go back to New Zealand for my brother’s wedding. In amongst the celebrating, we have scheduled for about 20 days to travel New Zealand’s South Island in true Celt & Kiwi style – slowly, between rounds of emptying pint glasses at as many homely kiwi pubs as we can find.
Despite the genetics, we are so totally underqualified to talk about New Zealand that we knew that our trip would need quite a bit of research. Where does a Celt and a Kiwi go for that? Why, the blogging world of course! Here are the top 5 bloggers who are inspiring our trip to New Zealand!
1. In A Faraway Land
Marta’s blog is an absolute gold mine of inspiration. If you love your travel photography, hers are a feast for the eyes. It was almost impossible to choose between her beautifully crafted posts to pick a favourite to link. In the end, I chose her 10 Best Hike’s post because there are definitely places I will be trying to include. I would also recommend her post of photography in the South Island – so you do not miss out on those must-take snaps!
Recommended reading: 10 Best Day Hikes on New Zealand’s South Island
2. Jasmin Charlotte
JC is an honest to goodness kiwi. After going through her backyard pics (she’s a Londoner now) she compiled this itinerary packed full of must-sees. Jasmine is a blogger I keep coming back to time after time. Not only does she consistently like my Instagram posts (which I thoroughly appreciate, by the way, Jasmine), but her blog is so diverse and genuinely useful for so many things. Her New Zealand itinerary is just one post in her world of travel and tech.
Recommended reading: The ULTIMATE New Zealand Travel Itinerary
3. Bridges and Balloons
I came across Victoria’s way too cute website during a trip down the rabbit-hole of Pinterest. She’s travelled the globe with her husband – and a lot of that travel was right up our alley (think long stints based in interesting locations). Victoria’s careful curation of beautiful things and meaningful stories means you are sure to find quality ideas here. Something I will take away from Victoria’s blog – the interesting food options, oh my!
Recommended reading: The Ultimate New Zealand Road Trip: One Month Itinerary
4. Blank Canvas Voyage
Seeing the world whilst raising awareness for the Deaf Community, Thomas & Thela make some great suggestions for the budget conscious traveller. They recommend a travel app that is a godsend for backpackers (#nospoilers). Our travel budget is coming in at much the same as theirs but because we don’t have to pay for car hire we are staying in motels more than campsites. We’re also travelling at a much higher point in the season while all the kiwi kids are off on their summer break.
Recommended reading: How to Road Trip the New Zealand South Island
What I love about The Painted Globe is that it is presented in such a beautifully minimalist fashion. Lorna is the lady behind the words. Having moved to New Zealand from the UK in 2016, her posts are all very recent – you can rest assured (provided you are reading this in January 2017) that the information will not have changed very much. I also adore the use of jump links in her round up posts. Super easy to navigate to the places most intriguing to you. This blog is going to be one to watch!
Recommended reading: Visiting Hobbiton
Have you read a great New Zealand blog post recently? Share it with us in the comments below so we can add it to our round-up Pinterest board.
Don’t forget to check out our INSPIRED BY // New Zealand Pinterest board! You’ll find pin links from today’s blogs plus much more.