Episode 15: New Zealand’s spectacular South Island


As domestic tourism reawakens, Kiwi Tripsters turns on the spotlight on the mighty Clutha River. Running from Lake Wanaka through Central Otago, it finally spills into the Pacific Ocean, on the South Otago coast. Its swift and swirling emerald green waters are vividly intense. The river’s trail encompasses a swag of evocative tourist gems, from the treasure-chest of Clyde to the lesser-known jewels like Roxburgh. Mike and Chris highlight the Clutha’s multitude of attractions.

A winning road-trip on the South Island’s West Coast must include the plethora of sights and experiences clustered around Hokitika. A short and sweet driving circuit encompasses the Tree Top Walk, the splendour of Hokitika Gorge, Lake Kaniere and the lusty waterworks of Dorothy Falls. Mike and Chris both love Hokitika, a creative hot-spot, famed for its driftwood beach sculptures and knock-out sunsets.

Across Europe, many blue-ribbon destinations tout their museums as their most cherished landmarks and must-see attractions.  And of course, most of them remain shut, thanks to Covid. Fear not, we are here to help, with a grab-bag of some of the best virtual museum visits across Europe, from the majesty of the British Museum to the poignant stroll-through-life at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. We highlight some superb virtual tours on offer.

Finally on this episode, let’s indulge in some bucket-list travel dreaming of South Africa, and Cape Town in particular, with an eye on wine.  Hello Cape Winelands! Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the sprawling townships of Cape Flats gives way to the Cape Winelands region, where serrated mountains rise up from rolling valleys, studded in Cape Dutch architecture. Scenically, it is stupendous, matched only by the splendour of the pinotage.

  • 00:45 Trailing the Clutha river in New Zealand's south island
  • 10:30 New Zealand's west coast town Hokitika
  • 20:50 Europe's spectacular museums
  • 30:00 Bucket list travel to Cape winelands in South Africa

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