Make your first leg-stretching break in Geraldine, grab a coffee at Cafe Verde and check out the arts and craft shops, or visit the small museum.
If you’ve got the time, an overnight stop in Tekapo is a great way to break up the journey. Tekapo is in the middle of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, so the star-gazing here is pretty phenomenal.
After Tekapo, if you’re keen for another Insta-worth landscape, make sure to stop at the end of Lake Pukaki - the bright turquoise water is well worth stopping for, and if the weather is in your favour, you might catch a glimpse of Mt Cook at the other end.
Back in the car, head over the Lindis Pass (the highest State Highway on New Zealand's South Island - make sure to pull in at the scenic lookout), and make your next stop in Cromwell. Head to Jones Family Fruit Stall for some delicious fresh fruit (and maybe an ice cream!)