The high country landscape changes abruptly to rolling hills of sheep rearing after Burke’s Pass, shortly after Lake Tekapo. Enroute were the towns of Timaru, Temuka and Ashburton. From here, the route to Christchurch is about as straight and flat as roads get in New Zealand. We caught sight of some camel-like animals in a farm by the road, and the owner happily brought us into the farm for an up-close and personal encounter with the alpacas.
We reached Christchurch in the evening for some last minute retail therapy. The next morning, we headed to the airport early to return our rental car before bidding goodbye to the South Island on our 8am flight to Auckland, onwards to KL.