Our “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield handbags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com. Michelle and her husband are "digital nomads," running their business online as they travel. Michelle is currently traveling with the Clark & Mayfield Stafford Pro laptop handbag in deep teal.

New Zealand's South Island

Traveling New Zealand is like a visiting back-to-back National Parks that fill an area the size of Colorado and are surrounded by ocean. You can’t really go wrong on the South Island. 

Queenstown is a great starting point, with so many scenic drives to some of the country's most beautiful areas – Arrowtown, Wanaka, Lake Hawea, Glenorchy, Lake Pukaki, the Fjordlands and Milford Sound...

Travel costs in New Zealand are comparable to North America and Europe, with some items like fuel being more expensive. Most of the island is rural, with plenty of farmland and natural beauty between each town and just a handful of small cities. Scenic drives and outdoor adventures are New Zealand's highlights, which is why there's a well developed system for campervan travel. 

Why We Went

Taking a New Zealand road trip was a dream come true for us. It was a trip we didn’t expect to be taking so soon in our lives. But then our friends, Heath and Alyssa, were also thinking of visiting New Zealand, and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to travel together and add New Zealand to our 10th anniversary trip.

After staying in a Queenstown Airbnb for a few days, we rented a no-frills campervan. We met up with our friends, who had rented an RV and were on the move for the following two weeks, camping in a new spot nearly every night.

While this type of trip was a departure from our typically slower travel style, we enjoyed road tripping New Zealand immensely. Visit our blog to discover what lessons we learned about traveling in New Zealand and take a peek inside our compact Jucy campervan.

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