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First Time in Singapore: Perfect 4 Days and 3 Nights Travel Itinerary

First Time in Singapore: Perfect 4 Days and 3 Nights Travel Itinerary

Alternative Singapore: Unique Things to do in Singapore

If you are planning to explore Asia I would definitely recommend to include this 4 days and 3 nights Singapore itinerary. After your first time in Singapore you will understand why this melting pot of cultures is doubtlessly a hit-list destination for every traveler. The vibrant, colourful city is one of 3 city-states in the whole world. It’s also one of the smallest countries with 682.7 square kilometres and 63 additional islands. Because of it’s size it’s very easy to travel around. The national language is Malay but there three more official languages that are used on a daily basis: English, Chinese and Tamil.

Perfect 4 Days and 3 Nights Travel Itinerary to Singapore
Perfect 4 Days and 3 Nights Travel Itinerary to Singapore

I love Singapore because it offers numerous modern and unique things to do. Additionally it’s just extremely beautiful. Singapore is not only well-known for being the cleanest and safest city in the world but also for a great and successful mix of Eastern and Western cultures. As a result we can see that a diverse range of architecture, delicious food and entertainment has been created. The name of the country means “Lion”, that’s why it’s probably transformed into an economic powerhouse within recent decades.

When is the Best Time to Visit Singapore?

Singapore has wonderful weather all year around which makes it a perfect travel destination. Nevertheless there is a period from January to February, from June to July and September to October when most of it’s holidays are happening and when it gets most crowded.

Where to Stay in Singapore

Singapore is famous for it’s infinity pool at the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands. But if your intention is to swim there and take amazing pictures in the pool then you need to book a room. But the view from there is spectacular!

If you are planning a budget trip to Singapore then it would be better to stay at areas like Chinatown or Little India. I recommend The InnCrowd Backpackers’ Hostel or The Hive Singapore Hostel. Both of them are very tidy, the staff is friendly and they even offer a lovely breakfast gratis.

How to Get Around Singapore

Public Transport in Singapore, MRT
Public Transport in Singapore, MRT

Singapore has amazing and efficient public transport system which is very easy to understand. MRT is the most common one because it’s fast and cheap. If you use an EZ-link card you will pay even less and within a few minutes you will reach all main tourist destinations in Singapore. Bus is also a good option to get from A to B, additionally you will get a view of the city while travelling. However if you are not planning to stay very long in Singapore but you still want to see the best of it then Hopper Bus will be the best solution for it. In this case I would suggest to buy the SINGAPORE CITY PASS (2 or 3 days pass) that includes 2 ticket attractions plus hop on and hop off bus.

There is also a cheap version of taxi available, Uber. Just remember to download the app.

What you Need to Know before you visit Singapore

Alternative Singapore. Unique Things to do in Singapore
Alternative Singapore. Unique Things to do in Singapore

16 Things that are banned in Singapore

Before you plan to visit Singapore you should go through the list of things and activities that are not allowed in this city state:

  • Chewing Gum
  • Recreational Fireworks
  • Smoking, including E-Cigarettes
  • Shisha
  • Being naked at home
  • Owning or trading exotic animals
  • Eating on public transport
  • Gathering in a group of more than 3 people after 10pm on a public space
  • Purchasing alcohol after 10:30pm
  • Cats in residential flats
  • Spitting
  • Homosexual relations
  • Jaywalking, illegal crossing of pedestrians on roads
  • Drugs
  • Kissing
  • Connecting to another person’s Wi-Fi

What to do in Singapore for 4 Days Itinerary

How to Get to Singapore City From Singapore Airport

Most travellers arrive in Singapore Changi International Airport. And yes it’s one of the most spectacular and beautiful airports in the world. You can spend a lot of time in it but we need to get to the city. There are three main options to get to your hotel. One of the cheapest is by airport shuttle, which you can buy at the Ground Transport desk in the airport for $9. Within 25 minutes you will be able to check in to your hotel.

From Changi Airport you can take MRT to Singapore City. It will take you around 30 minutes to reach the city centre. The cheapest possibility to get to Singapore city is by bus but be prepared to spend 1,5 hours on it. And of course there are airport taxis that will cost you around $20 to get to your destination.

4-Day Singapore Itinerary: Top Attractions and Places to visit

Day 1

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay & The Gardens

Start your day with Singapore’s most popular walk along Marina Bay. It’ the best way to get the first impression of the vivid metropolis. Just follow the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade around the perimeter of the bay. Visit the iconic Marina Bay Sands and enjoy a drink from the rooftop with an awesome view over the city next to the infinity pool.

Another fabulous highlight of Singapore is the Gardens. It’s a 10 minute walk from Bayfront MRT station, it offers the ideal venue for a lovely afternoon in the nature. The Gardens span over 101 hectares and has 3 sectors: Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central.

Supertree Grove

The Gardens and Supertree Grove in Singapore
The Gardens and Supertree Grove in Singapore

In the evening you will be able to experience the Super Tree Grove light up. The futuristic, gigantic almost 50 metres tall trees glisten and glow in the dark. Interesting fact is that these artificial Supertrees have photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy during the day so they can light up during the night. In the Gardens you will also find OCBC skyway, a 128-metre long bridge that connects the Supertrees with the Supertree Grove.

Spectra – a Light & Water Show

In the late evening around 9:30 take a walk to Marina Bay Sands and enjoy spectacular and free entertainment: Spectra – a Light & Water Show. It’s a 13 minute long synchronised show presents Singapore’s story of a multicultural society and cosmopolitan city as we know it today.

Day 2

Chinatown

Chinatown, Singapore
Chinatown, Singapore

One of the cult places to visit in Singapore in your 4 day journey is Chinatown. It’s a tremendous area where you can immerse into the authentic world of Chinese history and culture. It’s a perfect place to stroll around, buy some souvenirs and try exotic but at the same time delicious food. Don’t forget to visit Sri Mariamman Temple, Thian Hock Keng Temple, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Chinatown Heritage Centre and Hawker Food Center.

Little India

Little India, Singapore
Little India, Singapore

Afterwards go and visit another cultural district, Little India. I love to explore cities by foot but of course you have always an option to jump on a bus or train. I would recommend to walk to Little India it might take you 45 minutes but you can go through the beautiful Fort Canning Park or visit National Gallery Singapore. If you are a cat lover stop at the cat cafe Café Neko no Niwa.

Little India is a small but extremely colourful district in Singapore. There are various temples and Singapore’s famous 24-hour shopping centre – Mustafa Centre. Head to Tekka Centre for Indian cuisine – interesting to try and perfect for the budget travellers.

Haji Lane

Haji Lane, Singapore
Haji Lane, Singapore

Don’t wait to long and go to the hip neighbourhood of Haji Lane. Haji Lane is famous for it’s vibrant street art, cool shops and cafes. There you can also find a fun place, Selfie Coffee. They will print your selfie on your coffee and you can drink it while you are looking at your beautiful self. Furthermore it’s affordable too, coffee prices start at $5.

Clarke Quay

Singapore is a glamorous city which is famous for it’s lights blooming at night. On the first day you could witness the magnificent show at the Bayfront. Now you can visit Clarke Quay and stroll along the Singapore river to watch another glowing wonder.

Singapore Night Safari

Another great way to spend an evening is to visit the Singapore Night Safari. It’s a unique and exciting way to experience the home to over 1000 different animals. It gives you a great chance to explore the mysterious nightlife of the wildlife and enjoy a wonderful journey. Definitely worth a visit.

Day 3

Top Attractions and Places to visit in Singapore, Sentosa
Top Attractions and Places to visit in Singapore, Sentosa

Sentosa

On the third day of this 4-day Singapore itinerary you will discover another unique must-visit attraction, Sentosa. It’s a small island resort which is famous for being called “The State of Fun”. Sentosa is also home to a world class aquarium, beautiful beaches and Universal Studios Singapore. You can purchase Sentosa Fun Passes to bundle various activities and save some money.

How to get to Sentosa? Take MRT and get off at Harbour Front Station (North-East Line or Circle Line). From there you can walk to Sentosa via the Sentosa Boardwalk. You can also take a taxi or bus to reach the island. I recommend to take the cable car so you can enjoy the stunning views over the metropolis and it’s harbour front area.

Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios in Singapore offers a good time for everyone and it’s one of the top family attractions. It’s a theme park which features movie-themed rollercoasters and numerous attractions. There are 7 different zones: Hollywood, Madagascar, Far Far Away, The Lost World, Ancient Egypt, Sci-Fi City and New York. There you can also find entertaining shows, shops and restaurants.

S.E.A. Aquarium

S.E.A. Aquarium, Singapore
S.E.A. Aquarium, Singapore

Just 10 minutes away from Universal Studios you will find the famous S.E.A. Aquarium. It’s not only a home for 1.000 underwater species but also a Maritime Experiential Museum. Moreover it is possible to enjoy attractions and visit scenic photography spots which are perfect for an instagram shoot.

Singapore River Cruise

After 3 long days of walking around this beautiful city it is time to have a relaxing boat ride so you can explore Singapore also from the river’s perspective. Within 40 minutes you will see the best sights and highlights. The tour starts at the following ports: Clarke Quay, Read Bridge, Boat Quay, Fullerton, Merlion Park, Bayfront South and the Esplanade.

Day 4

Shopping Paradise

If you are asking yourself what is another thing you can do in Singapore in 4 days I would say shopping! After you’ve seen the best highlights that Singapore can offer it’s time to bring something nice and memorable from this vibrant city. The best place to immerse into retail heaven is to go to Orchard Road. Begin at one of Singapore’s oldest department stores, TANGS. Afterwards make your way to ION Orchard, to Singapore’s unique shopping complex. At Far East Plaza will be the epitome for street fashion enthusiasts and bargain hunters.

Orchard Road is also famous for it’s world-class international cuisine and coffee lovers. Stop by Oriole Coffee and Bar and recharge your batteries with an aromatic cup of in-house roasted coffee and tasty breakfast. If you are really hungry then don’t wait too long and drop by Wild Honey in Mandarin Gallery. This is where you can find various nations under one roof. After all this it will unfortunately be time to drive to the airport.

Where to Eat in Singapore

Singapore has not only impressive architecture to offer but also an impressive dining experience. It’s doubtlessly one of the greatest culinary destinations in the world where you can taste something completely new. If you want to try authentic Eurasian and Peranakan dishes then don’t miss Folklore. Everything is made the old-fashioned way from scratch basically by one person so it might take some time but the experience is phenomenal.

Where can every traveler have delicious local food for a good price? Of course in hawker centres also well-known as food courts. It’s hard to believe but street food stalls in Singapore have been awarded the coveted Michelin star. There are a few hawker centres in Singapore but the most famous ones are Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Old Airport Road Food Centre and Maxwell Road Hawker Centre.

Amò, Instagram
Amò, Instagram

If you prefer sophisticated yet casual then try some delicious sourdough pizzas at Amò. There is even an open kitchen where every visitor can observe the pizza chef tossing dough into the air. Amò is also famous for it’s spaghetti with Boston lobster and tarragon. Might be a bit pricey but worth to taste it!

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SEO for Beginners: How to Rank On Page 1 of Google

Every blogger’s goal is to get more traffic and to see how their audience is growing. I’ve seen many bloggers getting frustrated that they can’t get where they want, trying all kind of Social Media tricks and writing great content. Don’t get me wrong, content is the king but without using proper SEO no one will be able to find and read this awesome information.

Beginner’s Guide to SEO

To be the best in ranking for the first page on Google you should get to know the techniques of SEO, Search Engine Optimisation. Here you will find out more about SEO strategy, to build your audience and finally get more traffic to your blog and rank on page 1 of Google. You probably know that 60% of all Google users click on the first 3 results. If you make it happen to be in the first three results your site will get more authority, visibility and finally more traffic.

If you are ready to improve your blog, finally save your time then it’s time to implement some important techniques. After you apply these simple principles you will see immediate results.

What is SEO

On-page SEO is an essential factor to get your posts at the top of the search result pages. Search Engine Optimisation means to apply specific techniques to be identified by search engines like Google, Yahoo etc. as the best answer or solution for the users.

The simple truth is: The better you optimise your blog or site for these search engines, the more traffic and page views you will receive. It means you won’t need to promote your blog on social media or various Facebook groups because it will naturally come to you through organic traffic.

What else does it mean to you? Being ranked in the first three results of Google will lead to more visibility for your site, which means the more money you can make, the greater the opportunities and deals you’ll be offered, additionally the higher will be your domain authority.

The Most Important SEO Strategies You Should Use

Create Great Content

As I already mentioned before content is the king. It’s important to write High quality and useful texts to be in the first results of Google page. But what does it mean to write great content? How many words should a proper article include?

Nowadays there are so many competitors, so many various bloggers who are writing about the same things but some get a high amount of cyber attention, others just get lost on the e-web.

There are 5 main aspects that should be considered to get higher traffic and to improve your content.

Step 1: Work on Your Title

The title is like a business card of your text. It’s important to write a catchy title that shows exactly what your post is about. To write better headlines I’m using this awesome free tool that I would recommend to everyone, Headline Analyzer.

Step 2: Solve the Reader’s Query

When we are searching for something on Google we want to see the high quality and quick result. That’s why your title and your content should be about a specific topic, so the user won’t be tempted to click on the other search results. Just try to immerse into the users shoes to understand what he or she is searching for to give the best answer to their question.

Step 3: Check your Competitors

Before you start writing your next article, you should always see what your competitors have written about it. I would suggest first to pick up the long tail keywords and then find other bloggers who are ranked on the first Google page.

The best way to do it is to open an incognito window and type in the keyword phrase that you would like to use. I always go through the results of the first Google page. Commercial websites like Tripadvisor shouldn’t be your concern.

After going through your competitors pages look at the length and the plot of the texts. Try to write a better post by adding more qualitative information, more insights, details, better meta description, pictures.

Step 4: Increase the Amount of Words

Toast.com has written that longer posts get higher chance of ranking well in Google. It has been proven that articles of around 2000 words get better results. That should be your goal to implement more information and more keywords into these amounts of words.

How to Choose the Right Keywords

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Keywords are the base for every existing site in the internet. Every search engine is based on keywords, so if you are planning to get ranked on page 1 of Google then it’s time to learn how to research and use the right keywords.

Believe me, it’s much easier to research keywords than everyone thinks. You should find the useful long tail keywords before even planning to write your new article. Otherwise it’s a pure waste of your time. Imagine you’ve written a great text, you’ve spend hours to research it and to take or find awesome pictures. Afterwards you find out that no-one is searching for this kind of information and there are no useful keywords for this topic or it’s too hard to compete with the other articles? It’s a shame, right?

Your goal is:

  • Find great long tail keywords, it means the keyword should contain 2-3 words. Longer and more defined search phrases will help you to get more attention. It should also have a high search volume and low competition. I will explain it later.
  • Write high-quality texts, better than you competitors with the intention to give full answers for the readers
  • Add 10-20 other related keywords to your post.

Online Tools to Find Great Keywords

There are various free online tools that you can use to find keywords. I’m using Keywords Everywhere to get some inspiration. It shows the search volume and cost per click (CPC) for the phrases. Again I believe it’s good to find some ideas but it doesn’t give you very accurate information regarding ranking.

Another famous one is Moz. You can only search for 20 free keywords per month but it shows you keyword volume range and difficulty score. Every successful blogger would tell you though if you want to see quick results you need to invest into the keysearch tool. And there is a great one that doesn’t cost much but will provide you with all necessary information: Keysearch.

Keysearch is one of the most popular and reliable tools that will help to save time and will make blogging even more fun. If you want to know more about it read Review of Affordable Keyword Search Tool, Keysearch.

It’s easy to use Keysearch and they provide you with videos where they explain every step. To find your target keyword just type the chosen phrase into the keyword analysis search bar. You can filter your results depending on the score, volume or CPC. I prefer score.

Keyword Search Tool, Keysearch
Keyword Search Tool, Keysearch

The score shows how difficult it is to rank the keywords and how hard the competitiveness is. It depends on the colour of the score but as you can guess green means it’s a good keyword. Keysearch will show the top 10 competing sites and a list of related keywords. First check if there are sites with lower DA then yours and if you can write your article better than they did. There are many other useful features that you can definitely use for your blog.

Keyword Search Tool, Keysearch
Keyword Search Tool, Keysearch

If you want 20% off Keysearch use the code: KSDISC and sign up here.

Easy On-Page SEO Strategy

On-Page SEO means that you need to optimise your content and implement specific indicators to make your posts more visible for search engines. I would recommend after you’ve finished your article to go through it again and make sure that you’ve included your keywords in all important areas.

  1. Your Title, H1, must contain your target keyword phrase.
  2. The URL should also contain your target keyword. Use maximum five words for this one.
  3. Use around 10-20 different keywords that are related to your topic in the text.
  4. Remember to use internal linking to your own content but also external linking to trustworthy pages.
  5. Write a good and catchy Meta Description with your target keywords.
  6. Optimise your images. It means resize your image and include description, caption and also alt tag.
  7. Use your second important target keyword in the subheading H2 and implement it close to the beginning of the post. Also put more keywords into other subheadings.

Improve Your Off-Page SEO

Off-Page SEO means that you need to improve your brand or blog outside of your site. There are different ways but in my opinion the main one is link building and social media. I didn’t know that but only after a few years I’ve read that backlinking is a crucial part of a good SEO strategy.

Technical Side of your Blog

This is actually the most boring part. Because most of us bloggers want to focus on the creative part but not on the technical side. And of course there are so many factors that are important for the technical SEO, I will tell you about 4 of them.

  1. Create and submit sitemap to Google.
  2. Check your page speed and improve if it’s necessary. For example you can compress and optimise images before upload them. For WordPress users I would recommend to download the free plugin WP Smush.
  3. The problem that I’m struggling with: Move to HTTPS otherwise if you still have HTTP google will recognise it as an insecure site. Good hosts will help you to do it for free or for 10-15¢. Unfortunately I’m using GoDaddy at the moment and they are expecting their clients to pay over 100€ for this service. Rip off I would say.
  4. Last but not least make sure that your site is mobile friendly.

Get Organic Search Traffic

SEO might seem complicated but once you start to implement all these strategies into your site you will see how organic search traffic will bring you results. It might take some time so be patient but continue to follow the listed techniques. I promise you will be able to start ranking higher on search engines like Google and your audience will grow.

By the way, you can start earning money before your organic search traffic kicks in. How? Check my other article: Top Paying Affiliate Programs to Make Quick Money Online

Belgium Vacation Ideas Visit Terhills Hotel in Maasmechelen

Belgium Vacation Ideas: Visit Terhills Hotel in Maasmechelen

Terhills Hotel, Belgium
Terhills Hotel, Belgium

If you are planning your vacation in Belgium then I would definitely recommend to visit Maasmechelen for a weekend. This is one of the hidden places in Belgium that not everyone knows about. Nevertheless it has a lot to offer for a romantic and lovely getaway for couples, friends and families. You can easily reach Maasmechelen village by public transport but it’s even more comfortable and faster by car. Less than an hour drive away from Brussels, Antwerp or Düsseldorf, Maasmechelen Village is located on the Meuse river in the Belgian province of Limburg. There are plenty of opportunities to park your car for example at Terhills Hotel in case you decide to spend the night there.

Where to Stay in Maasmechelen

Terhills Hotel

If you decide to stay in Maasmechelen then you should experience your stay at the historic building of Terhills Hotel. It’s a beautiful 4-star hotel with a modern interior which used to be a the main building of the Eisden mine. Already the arrival at this place will leave you speechless: An amazing green garden that reminds a little like Versailles and an imposing historic building at the end of it. This location is very popular for wedding photography.

Wellcome Drink at Terhills Hotel
Welcome Drink at Terhills Hotel

Terhills Hotel is not only unique but it’s also an architectural icon. Everywhere you can see hidden elements of the mining pre-history of the building well combined with a modern makeover: There is a half a meter difference in level between both sides of the building and the front stairs seem to look crooked. The building was built in 1932 but it had remained empty for around 25 years.The cooperation with Dôme Deco from Limburg turned the hotel into an impressive ambiance with elegant and stylish interior design.

Rooms at Terhills Hotel

I loved every moment of my stay at this hotel. From the very beginning you feel very comfortable: Welcome drinks and beautiful decorative elements, all these create the perfect atmosphere. After a fast and easy check-in the ultra-modern lift brought us to the second level with spacious corridors where our room could be found. Terhills Hotel offers 5 different types of rooms. We were staying in the Superior Room with Garden View.

Rooms at Terhills Hotel
Rooms at Terhills Hotel

Our room was outstanding: comfortable king-sized bed, flat-screen TV and an awesome big freestanding shower with bath robes and free toiletries. A sweet message from the hotel manager accompanied by Neuhaus pralines, tea, coffee and bottle of bubbles made us feel like home immediately. The beautiful view from the room and cozy vibes let you feel so good, you don’t want to leave this little oasis.

Breakfast at Terhills Hotel

Breakfast at Terhills Hotel, Maasmechelen
Breakfast at Terhills Hotel, Maasmechelen

I am very critical regarding breakfast because I’ve noticed nowadays it’s really hard to find a place that offers a delicious variety of food at the beginning of the day. Most of the time it’s just simple boring eggs and croissants. But at Terhills Hotel I was positively surprised and definitely satisfied with the quality and diversity of the dishes. They serve everything that can please your breakfast wishes: From scrambled eggs, proper bacon, American pancakes to fresh yoghurt with fruits, granola, chia and nuts. Different juices and hot drinks like coffee and tea accompany the sumptuous breakfast.

What to do in Maasmechelen Village

Designer Outlet Shopping – Shopping in Belgium

Almost everyone who lives in Belgium has at least once visited the famous designer outlet shops at Maasmechelen Village to stroll through luxury fashion and homeware stores and enjoy great discounts of up to 60%. Many famous brands present their products at significant reduced prices that you rarely can find in the cities.

Designer Outlet Shopping - Shopping in Belgium
Designer Outlet Shopping – Shopping in Belgium

The Designer Outlet is located just behind Terhills Hotel and it looks very modern and clean. There are various interesting sculptures worth of taking a picture for Instagram and comfortable benches to relax on the way from one shop to another. Families with kids will be happy to discover a big playground where they can let their toddlers have fun so the grown-ups can be focused on spending money.

Shopping at Maasmechelen Village
Shopping at Maasmechelen Village

You can easily combine smart shopping with nice dining. There are some lovely options to get food on the way or enjoy your meal in one of the three main restaurants. All in one Maasmechelen Village doubtlessly provides a relaxed and pleasant shopping experience. The best way to enjoy your shopping to maximum is to stay at Terhills Hotel and get an additional 10% discount on every purchase like I did. Sounds awesome, right?

Hiking in Belgium: Visit Connecterra

Limburg has a lot of stunning nature and picturesque views. One of them is the popular panoramic getaway in the National Park Hoge Kempen. It’s located just next to Terhills Hotel and is definitely a must visit. This place used to be used for coal mining until it was closed in 1987. You can still view the impressive shafts of the former Eisden mine which mainly have a decorative value nowadays.

Hiking in Belgium: Visit Connecterra
Hiking in Belgium: Visit Connecterra

For 3€ you can explore the park on foot. There are three well marked out hiking trails that will lead you to the best spots of Connecterra. You can also decide if you would prefer to have a short 45-minute walk or more extended 2 or 3-hour hikes, which goes around a lake and through the woods. I would suggest to go for the longer hiking trail as we did. Either way you will be rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view over the Belgian forest and lake. Some spots can be a bit steep but all in one it’s a very easy hike that everyone from young until old can enjoy.

There is visitors lounge with a little café and a great playground at the main entrance of Connecterra. So by the end or beginning of your walk you can enjoy your drink surrounded by nature. Families can let their little rebels climb around and have some fun at the modern playground.

From Christchurch to Queenstown Itinerary - Aoraki Mount cook National Park, New Zealand

10-Day New Zealand South Island Itinerary for an Awesome Road Trip

New Zealand is one of the best countries to experience an unforgettable road trip. It offers breathtaking landscapes, dynamic Maori culture, amazing national parks and mesmerising lakes. Here is a New Zealand South Island itinerary for 10 days including important things that you can’t miss in New Zealand on your road trip. Don’t forget to check Important Things to Know Before Travelling to New Zealand.

10-Day New Zealand South Island Itinerary for an Awesome Road Trip
10-Day New Zealand South Island Itinerary for an Awesome Road Trip

From Christchurch to Queenstown Itinerary

The best way to explore New Zealand south island’s attractions is to start your road trip from Christchurch. You can hire a campervan and sleep under the open sky or drive between locations with the possibility to book accommodation for an overnight. Furthermore you can also plan an easy and flexible bus tour with Kiwi Experience. Either way you will be able to visit the best places of the South Island and to have the best time in New Zealand.

From Christchurch to Queenstown Itinerary
From Christchurch to Queenstown Itinerary

The official name of the South Island is Te Waipounamu, which is Maori for “the greenstone waters”. It has been also nicknamed the “mainland” because it’s 32% bigger than the North Island. Nevertheless only 23% of the whole New Zealand population are inhabitants of this area. It’s also the South West New Zealand World Heritage site, which is internationally recognised by UNESCO World Heritage.

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand South Island highlights
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand South Island highlights

Best Season to visit New Zealand South Island

The seasons in New Zealand are the opposite to the well-known seasons in the Northern Hemisphere but the same to Australia. New Zealand’s climate is variable and it can happen to you that you will experience all 4 seasons in one day. I would suggest to visit South Island during the Spring (September to November) or Summer (December to February). Summer time is much busier with tourists though.

New Zealand South Island Highlights

Christchurch, 10-Day New Zealand South Island Itinerary
Christchurch, 10-Day New Zealand South Island Itinerary

Day 1: Spend a Day in Christchurch

Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand. It has nearly 400.000 Kiwis. It also has a compact size so you can see the attractions in a single day.

  1. You can explore the city in the historical, well- restored Christchurch tramway.
  2. See the Cardboard Cathedral that was build from cardboard tubes after the earthquakes in 2011.
  3. See the “185 Empty White Chairs” memorial to the quake victims
  4. Visit free Canerbury Museum with interesting galleries dedicated to Maori culture and natural history.
  5. Must visit in Christchurch is the Botanic Garden that is right behind the Museum.
  6. Enjoy the view of Christchurch from the Gondola cable car

Where to eat in Christchurch

  1. If you are searching for something extraordinary then definitely visit King of Snake. The whole restaurant resembles a movie set and not just a fine-dining restaurant.
  2. There are more and more people who are turning to vegetarianism and more aware of planet Earth. These ones should doubtlessly visit the Lotus-Heart. Here you will taste locally and organically sourced dishes.
  3. If you are searching for a cheap treat, visit No Meat Burger at Lower 9th Diner, 89 Lichfield St, Christchurch Central. Here you can taste various burgers for the price of $10 and under.

Day 2: Arthur’s Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass, New Zealand
Arthur’s Pass, New Zealand

Just a two hours drive away from Christchurch you can reach magnificent Arthur’s Pass National Park with it’s highest pass across the Southern Alps. It’s another spectacular thing not to miss in New Zealand. Arthur’s Pass National Park is famous for having a landscape of two halves.

Arthurs Pass Best Tracks

There are different walking tracks but I would suggest you to take “The Arthur’s Pass Walking Track”. Within 3 hours you will observe stunning views, diverse alpine vegetation, waterfalls and beautiful birds.

Where to stay

There are various accommodations and hostels in Arthurs Village but I would suggest to book a room on Airbnb especially if you are travelling in a group. There are many amazing houses for a low price.

Day 3: Franz Josef Glacier & Fox Glacier (3h drive)

Things to do in South Island: Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Things to do in South Island: Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

More great New Zealand South Island activities are helicopter ride or a guided ice walk to the famous rivers of ice, Franz Joseph Glacier and Fox Glacier. Both are jaw-droppingly beautiful and also part of the spectacular World Heritage Area. You will be able to see amazing rainforests, waterfalls and lakes. It’s also a great place to do a skydive and experience the view from a slightly different perspective.

If you don’t want to book any tours to the glaciers but drive to the location then it’s possible to visit both areas in one day. Otherwise Franz Joseph Glacier tour is much more popular and offers designated tracks for all levels of experienced hikers. Nevertheless it’s steeper than Fox Glacier and groups tend to be bigger. Both glaciers are breathtakingly stunning and offer amazing natural attractions. It just depends if you prefer the secure guided walk tour or the more adventurous and off the beaten path experience.

Day 4: Twizel & Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park

New Zealand South Island Attractions: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
New Zealand South Island Attractions: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park is New Zealand South Island must do because it’s the highest Mountain in NZ which lies within a beautiful park. Aoraki is a UNESCO World Heritage and means “Cloud Piercer”. There are plenty of adventurous and interesting things to do. You can stay over night in Twizel.

What to do at Aoraki / Mount Cook

  1. Hooker Valley Track – For those who are beginners in hiking it’s an amazing opportunity to enjoy an easy but scenic route. The track is flat and ends up at the mesmerising Hooker Lake.
  2. Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier – Also amazing and easy tracks,
  3. Lake Pukaki – quiet lake that is known for it’s Lupin flowers blooming during the spring time.
  4. Lake Tekapo – famous Alpine lake in New Zealand which is very famous among tourists. It’s surrounded by various cafes and restaurants.
  5. Church of Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo – it’s a landmark of Lake Tekapo

Day 5: Wanaka

Things not to miss in New Zealand: Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
Things not to miss in New Zealand: Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka is a small city located on New Zealand’s South Island which is surrounded by various great highlights that you can’t miss on your road trip. It’s a great place to locate yourself for a night and to explore nearby attractions.

What to do in Wanaka

  1. Lake Wanaka – You will find the lake right in the town and it’s New Zealand’s fourth largest lake which is more than 300m deep.
  2. Roys Peak – it’s a mountain in New Zealand that is just 6km away from Wanaka. The Instagram-famous track starts at the Roys Peak Track car park on the Mount Aspiring Road. It will take around 5-6 hours finishing the hike with breathtaking views over Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring.
  3. Rob Roy Glacier Track at Mount Aspiring – Is another most-loved half-day track which is one hour away from Wanaka. It’s also a very beautiful and easy hike.
  4. Mount Iron Walk – it’s one of the most popular short walks in Wanaka that offers a beautiful panoramic view.

Day 6-7: Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand

If you are searching for the best places to visit on the South Island of New Zealand then Queenstown should be on your bucket list. It’s a vibrant and scenic town that has various activities for every taste. If you’r up to experience some adrenalin rush then you can go for bungy-jumping, canyon swinging or wild-water rafting.

What to do in Queenstown

  1. Hiking to the summit of Ben Lomond – it’s a one day hike over the attractive mountain Ben Lomond with a hight of 1748metres. There are two options to reach the peak: Take the scenic ride on the Skyline Gondola or you can hike from Queenstown. There are 3 places to start the hike: from the end of Thompson Street, from the One Mile Power House on the road to Fernhill or from a track that begins near the gondola terminal.
  2. Glenorchy – it’s a little but spectacular town which is just a 45-minute drive away from Queenstown. It’s surrounded by snow-capped mountains, crystal clear lakes and national parks. It’s famous for it’s multi-day hikes including the Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks.
  3. Bobs Cove – a mere 15-minute drive away from Queenstown, the short walk track through native bush offers a stunning cove with a view over the turquoise Lake Wakatipu.
  4. Where to eat in Queenstown – Try popular burgers at Fergburger, delicious pizza at Winnies and pasta at The Cow.

Day 8-10: Fiordland National Park & Milford Sound

Milford Sound, New Zealand
Milford Sound, New Zealand

Fiordland National Park is a 2-hour drive away from Queenstown and it’s one of the most famous sights of New Zealand. It’s also part of Te Wahipounamu and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will experience breathtaking scenery over a vast landscape, unique wildlife, marvellous marine scenes and a world-famous Great Walk. The most convenient way to explore the best of Fiordland National Park is to stay in Te Anau.

What to do at Fiordland National Park

  1. Lake Marian Hike – the duration of this awesome hike is around 3-4 hours. The track is very beautiful but it can get rocky and muddy especially if there has been recent rain. During your hike you will see Like Marian surrounded by snow covered mountains.
  2. Gertrude Saddle – if you like challenging hiking routes and you are an experienced one you can try to conquer the Gertrude Saddle. In the end you will be rewarded with an overlook of Milford Sound from the top of the saddle. This hike will take around 4-6 hours.
  3. Key Summit – it’s another popular hiking track that will take you only 3 hours.
  4. Milford Sound Cruise – it’s a different way to experience the fiord in it’s glory from the water.
  5. Kayak Milford Sound – it’s a cool and adventurous way to see the beauty of the area by kayaking. You can also come closer to the waterfalls.
  6. Visit Te Anau Glowworm Caves  – that’s a great way to experience a mysterious underground world with the luminous light of numerous glowworms. Definitely an unforgettable experience.
  7. The Chasm Walk – it’s a short but impressive walk with powerful waterfalls.


Keysearch Review

Review of Affordable Keyword Search Tool, Keysearch

Every blogger knows that it doesn’t matter how great and interesting your article is if you don’t use specific keywords no-one will ever find your work. Nevertheless it’s not magic to find great keywords to help you rank on search engines for example like Google. It’s all about technique, strategy and great tools that will make it all easier. In my review I will introduce you to my favourite affordable keyword competition tool, Keysearch. It’s a guide to finding perfect competitor keywords. You should definitely go through my article about SEO and How to Rank On Page 1 of Google to learn more about the strategies.

What is a Target Keyword?

In order to get more page views and visitors for your content, you should find great target keywords that have a high search volume and low competition. You should also write high-quality and useful posts based on the keywords. But did you know that good, ranked keyword is often a phrase and not just a single word? Because longer and more specific search phrases give you an opportunity to attract the right kind of reader who will also stay longer on your site.

Finding right Keywords with Keysearch

It’s very simple to use Keysearch, furthermore they provide you with videos where they explain every step. To find the right keywords type in the chosen phrase into the keyword analysis search bar. Choose your location or like I always do it jus leave “all locations”. Hit “Search” button.

Affordable Keyword Search Tool, Keysearch
Affordable Keyword Search Tool, Keysearch

You can filter your results the way you want to. I prefer to see the best score first. Some bloggers prefer to organise the results via volume. The higher the volume, the better. The score shows you how difficult it will be to rank the keywords, how hard the competitiveness is. Red means difficult, amber would be still tough and green is possible. The aim is to find a keyword that is low in difficulty and high in volume.

Keyword Search Tool, Keysearch
Keyword Search Tool, Keysearch

If you find a key phrase with the score under 20 then use it immediately! These words are very hard to find and they will bring a good traffic to your website.

Check the Competition

Keysearch, Keyword Tool
Keysearch, Keyword Tool

Keysearch will show you the top 10 competing URLs and a list of related keywords. First check if there are sites with lower DA then yours. Good chance to rank higher if they are not using the keywords in the URL, description and title. It means you have a chance of competing to rank on page 1 of Google.

Keysearch does cost a small amount but it will make your blogger life so much easier. It’s definitely the method I’ve chosen to use and I will recommend it.

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