2 Weeks Solo Backpacking in South Island New Zealand

I’ve done up individual blog posts of the towns I went to on this trip, but here is a more condensed version, with minimal pics, but more focused on the overall itinerary and what I think are the highlights of each place. I’ve also added direct links to the individual destination post under each ‘Day’ section, and I highly recommend you to check those out because there’s lots more pictures and description of the places I went! 

Below’s a good overview of how I did my itinerary, basically it’s a loop beginning and ending in Christchurch. I definitely have lots of places to cover on my next trip, but these are bascially the ones on my priority list!


My friend and I recently took an impromptu weekend trip to Malacca, which is a 3.30hrs bus ride away. Like Penang, we ate so much good local food, but also experienced quite a bit of the local culture. To summarise, it wasn’t a total foodie experience like Penang. I kind of liked it more for a short trip because it’s reachable by bus, easy to get around on foot, and there’s a good balance of sightseeing and eating, which I love.

We also rented a bike and cycled around the city centre. Also, we ate so many bowls of cendols from all the best stalls in Malacca, as well as the best assam laksa at Jonker 88!