Before the long drive back down the South Island we had planned one day just to hang out and rest. We stayed in a little town called Havelock, the Green-Lipped Mussel capital of the world, and enjoyed the fresh seafood along with being right next to the ocean.
During our free day we went out to eat instead of eating out of the car and enjoyed some wine tasting with a cheese platter. It was a pretty big day.
The following day we got up early to pack the car and start driving. We didn't take the most direct route back down to Queenstown but rather chose the most scenic one and decided to head up Arthur's Pass - one of the highest mountain passes in New Zealand.
It was a clear and beautiful day and we enjoyed the spectacular mountain views along the way. The peaceful day was topped off with camping in a DOC (Department of Conservation) basic campsite in the middle of nowhere and being the only ones there. It was the last time we camped in New Zealand just the two of us and the last time that we slept in the back of the car as the rest of our time we were either in Australia or traveling with my sister. The month driving around the North Island of New Zealand had gone way too fast and we had had a great time. I was sad to see this part of the trip end but excited to see where other adventures would take us.