[Filming Location] BTS Bon Voyage in New Zealand

It’s been a long while since I’ve been writing about filming locations cause I’m here in New Zealand right now and I haven’t been catching much on K-dramas but.. guess what! Few months ago, some time in September, my friends (who are BTS fans) started messaging me all of a sudden telling me to keep a look out for BTS as they have just landed in New Zealand. As I was working, I couldn’t really go all out on this needle in a haystack search so.. nope, I didn’t manage to see a single glimpse of them but.. over the next few months, I did visit the attractions and places that they visited (not on purpose) and I thought that I should compile a summary list + insane amount of details (my expertise) for the fans who want to ‘follow their footsteps’ and visit this beautiful country.

This will be a work in progress entry as the Bon Voyage series just started yesterday night and it will be broadcasted weekly till January. So do check back for updates as I strive to keep it as updated as possible 😀 (It is now completed!)

Also, as I am not a fan, please forgive me (and inform me) if I do have incorrect information anywhere. I’m doing this base on google/twitter search plus the help from my ARMY friends. Hope you guys will enjoy it ^^

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Itinerary

[EP 1&2] Day 1 (Christchurch > Castle Hill)

  • [09:40] 6 members arrive at Christchurch (Seoul-Singapore-Christchurch)
  • Visited Britz to get their campervan
  • [13:00] Jin arrived at Christchurch (Seoul-Auckland-Christchurch)
  • Lunch @ The SPEIGHT’s Ale House Christchurch
    • Address: 2 Troup Drive, Riccarton, Christchurch 8011]
      • Ordered Chicken Salad, Carbonara, Steak, Fish & Chips, Korean Fried Chicken
  • Shopping @ Kathmandu, Tower Junction
    • Address: Tower Junction Mega Centre Blenheim Road, Foster Street, Riccarton, Christchurch 8011]
  • Shopping @ Kosco (Korean Mart), Upper Riccarton
    • Address:
  • Cafe with Sheep @ Highway Cafe
    • Address: 5695 West Coast Road, Springfield 7681
  • Photo taking @ Lake Lyndon
  • Accommodation @ Porter’s Lodge (prices from $69/night for bunk bed or $140/room)
    • Address: Porters Ski Area Access Road State Highway 73, Castle Hill 7580

[EP 3] Day 2 (Castle Hill > Geraldine > Lake Tekapo)

  • ‘Z’ Petrol Station @ Geraldine (Where 1 member gets left behind)
    • Address: Cnr Waihi Terrace &, Pine Street, Geraldine 7930; W66V+22 Geraldine, Canterbury
  • Shopping at Gift Shop @ Kiwi Country (beside Z petrol station)
  • Lunch @ Farm Barn Cafe, Fairlie (Where they fed the sheep as well)
    • Address: 4 Mount Michael Road, R D 17, Fairlie 7987
  • Grocery Shopping @ FOURSQUARE, Lake Tekapo
    • Address: State Highway 8 22 Rapuwai Lane Tekapo-Twizel Road, Lake Tekapo 7999
  • Playground with ‘flying fox’ is beside the Foursquare
  • Mount John observatory, Tekapo for sunset views, tiktok videos and Mt John Observatory stargazing
    • Address: Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo 7945 (Mt. John summit)
  • Accommodation @ Lake Tekapo Kiwi Bach (from NZD 325 per night)

[EP 4] Day 3 (Lake Tekapo > Mt. Cook)

  • Grocery Shopping @ FOURSQUARE, Lake Tekapo
    • Address: State Highway 8 22 Rapuwai Lane Tekapo-Twizel Road, Lake Tekapo 7999
  • Playground with ‘flying fox’ is beside the Foursquare
  • Lake Pukaki View Point
    • Hayman Road, Pukaki 7999
  • Hooker Valley Track, Mt. Cook
    • 3 hours return with 3 suspension bridges; very beautiful
  • Campsite @ unknown (this is not an official campsite and they probably got special permission to do it)

[EP 5] Day 4 (Mt. Cook > Omarama > Queenstown > Glenorchy)

  • Hot Tubs @ Omarama ($56/person)
    • Address: 29 Omarama Ave, New Zealand Main Omarama Twizel Highway (State HWY 8)
  • Nevis Swing & Catapult
    • Note: As there is limited parking available at this place, you will have to take the bus from AJ Hackett Bungy Centre. The 20-mins bus ride is included in the price if you’re doing the activity.
    • Nevis Swing: $225/person; Nevis Bungy (where you can be inverted): $275; Catpault: $225
  • Supermarket @ Countdown, Frankton (Queenstown)
    • Address: 30 Grant Road, Frankton, Queenstown 9371
  • Campsite @ Kinloch Camping Site @ Glenorchy
    • Address: 876 Kinloch Road, Kinloch 9372

[EP 6] Day 5 (Glenorchy)

  • Helicopter flight with alpine landing
  • Lunch @ Glenorchy area
    • Location is near the 5 lonely trees in the water; near the Glenorchy Wharf (red shed)
      • Address: 4 Islay Street, Glenorchy 9372
  • Horse riding @ Glenorchy
  • Fishing @ Glenorchy
  • Accommodation @ The Views by Touch of Spice
    • Price from $1200/night

[EP 7&8] Day 6

  • Skyline & Luge @ Queenstown
  • Ivan Clarke Art Gallery
  • Cherry Blossom Tree Near KFC
    Note: Spring is from mid Sep to early Oct

    • Address: Village Green along Camp Street
  • The Boatshed Cafe
  • Fishing Location
    • I’m kind of clueless at the exact spot but it is likely to be along the way to Glenorchy. I do know that there are a lot of areas that people can stop to fish at.
  • McDonalds @ Queenstown Central
    • Address: O’Connells Shopping Centre, 23 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300
      It is at the basement of the shopping centre.
  • Park while Cycling
    • Address: Near Lake Avenue
      I am not 100% sure of the exact location but based on the angle of the footage + that place is near the airport. Do let me know if you know of the exact location.
  • Freshchoice Queenstown
    • Address: 64 Gorge Road, Queenstown 9300

Last Update: 16 Jan 2020.

[I have mapped out the locations in this google maps: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1B10DZniGvRFl5e4fIUqns7vadBNKKSTh&usp=sharing]

Flight Details

Arrive: 17/18 Sep 2019
Depart: 23/24 Sep 2019

According to the information I found online, it seems like they (well 6 of them) took Singapore Airline’s Business Class from Incheon (with a stopover in Singapore) to Christchurch. It is an 18 hours flight, departing Seoul at about 12:35, reaching Singapore at 18:20, followed by a layover of 1.5 hours before departing at 19:50 and arriving Christchurch at 09:40am the following day. (Note that arrival timing will change depending on the ‘daylight savings’ nonsense.)

Guess what, their Singapore to Christchurch flight itinerary was exactly what I did back when I arrive in Christchurch back in end Jun 2019.

Okay so there was also one member (Jin) who flew Seoul > Auckland > Christchurch cause someone got the documents wrong or something along that line.

Car/Campervan Rental

According to the current photos/videos spotted, they rented their Campervan from Britz (yes that orange logo).
(Note: There’s 3 mainstream/popular campervan brands in NZ: Apollo, Maui and Britz.)

Campervan means that you have a kitchen, fridge, bathroom and toilet within the vehicle. It is usually quite a pricey experience given that you have to pay for both your transport and accommodation at the same time. The price ranges a lot from winter to summer. A quote right now (end Nov 2019) will set you back at about $240/day and if you add on the insurance which gives you lower or no excess, it will be additional $45/55 per day.

Cities/Towns Visited

  • Christchurch (started and ended)
  • Omarama
  • Mt. Cook
  • Queenstown
  • Glenorchy

Attractions Visited

Kosco @ Christchurch

Shopping at Korean Mart, Kosco

Address:

‘Z’ Petrol Station @ Geraldine

Address: Cnr Waihi Terrace &, Pine Street, Geraldine 7930
W66V+22 Geraldine, Canterbury

Note: Geraldine is a small town about 2 hours drive from Christchurch. You will have to pass by this town on the way to Lake Tekapo.

Porters Alpine Lodge

Website: Porter’s Lodge

Pricing: from $69/night for bunk bed or $140/room

Address: Porters Ski Area Access Road State Highway 73, Castle Hill 7580

Mt. John Observatory/Astro Cafe @ Tekapo

Okay, so I was wrong about this photo being sunrise. It is sunset and they kind of got ‘after hours’ access because the cafe closes at 5/6pm and the access road will be closed after that. The only vehicle that can go up after that timing is the star gazing vehicle. I guess they have applied for special access and had a private stargazing session after that.

I visited this observatory/cafe twice. The photo (or rather tik tok) they took was right outside the cafe which had these stone benches.

The first time (probably 2 weeks before BTS), I drove up and had to pay $8/car to use the access road.
The second time, I hiked up (1 hour) from the bottom and didn’t have to pay anything.

The wind is very strong up there and they were probably freezing filming it as I suspect it was early in the morning too. The access road only opens to public from 10am and chances are they had permission to go in early for filming purpose. Let me verify this when the actual episode is aired.

Yep, this is a screenshot from my IGstory featuring the stone bench.

The drinks at astro cafe was rather pretty as well.

Address: Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo 7945 (Mt. John summit)
Website: https://www.darkskyproject.co.nz/eat/astro-cafe/

Stargazing at Mt. John

Just FYI, Lake Tekapo is an international Dark Sky reserve, where they will limit the amount of light pollution at night. Which means that it is one of the best places for stargazing and perhaps aurora hunting (during winter). The stargazing experience at Mt. John is the most expensive one at $175. If you’re feeling poor, you can opt for the other experiences with prices less than $100 but you will note get a chance to go up Mt. John (the place they went).

Depending on the season that you are here, you will get to see different stars and constellations in the sky. I have done two stargazing experiences to date in my stay in New Zealand. First at Geraldine (Peter is really awesome and his NASA setup is the coolest I’ve seen to date) and the second time at Cardrona (also alpine conditions).

When I did my stargazing back in Sep (probably around the same time as them), I could see Scorpio too! Also just a tip, stargazing is best to be done on a no moon night. The brighter the moon, the lesser stars you can see because the moon just overshadow the stars. The coolest part was I even got to see saturn, with the ring around the planet! This is definitely worth a try as the stars/constellations you get to see in Southern hemisphere would be different from the Northern hemisphere.

Accommodation @ Lake Tekapo

Website: Lake Tekapo Kiwi Bach

Price: from NZD 325 per night

Address: 2 Lakeside Drive, Lake Tekapo 7999

Playground @ Lake Tekapo

This playground is beside the FOURSQUARE supermarket at Tekapo, where they did their grocery shopping. There are two zip lines available (the last time I visited, only one was available). It is a pretty fun activity, not just for kids =p

Address: 5 Lakeside Drive, Lake Tekapo 7999

Hooker Valley Track @ Mt. Cook

To get to this view, they would have to walk about 1.5 hours from the carpark. The loop track takes about 3 hours long (for people with long legs and not stop to take photos) and to date, it is my favourite track so far. The difficult level is considered easy and you will be rewarded with very scenic views of the snow mountains on a good weather day. I’m not sure if the snow mountains will still be around in summer. From the photo of the sun positioning, they probably visited really early at about 7-8am in the morning; which explains why nobody spotted them despite it being such a busy and popular walk.

I visited in mid October and this was my view:

It is a very scenic walk and you get to cross 3 suspension bridges.

Hot Tubs @ Omarama

The price starts from $56 for one person and you get to have your own private tub!

Website: http://www.hottubsomarama.co.nz/

Address: 29 Omarama Ave, New Zealand Main Omarama Twizel Highway (State HWY 8)

Nevis Bungy, Swing & Catapult by AJ Hackett @ Queenstown

AJ Hackett is the birthplace for Bungy Jump but it seems like the members took on the Nevis Swing, Bungy and Catapult instead. The Nevis location is somewhat exclusive and you can only access the place by their shuttle bus. If you are planning to do the activity, the price of the shuttle is included in the $200+ pricing but should you choose to be a spectator, it will cost $50.

Website: https://www.bungy.co.nz/

Price: Nevis Swing: $225/person; Nevis Bungy (where you can be inverted): $275; Catpault: $225

Address: 3170950, Gibbston 9371

Helicopter ride @ Queenstown

The company they used is: Glacier Souther Lakes. I have no idea which snow patch they landed on. The mountains in New Zealand are too similar for me to differentiate the. If you do know, do leave a comment below!

Horse Riding

They did horse riding in Glenorchy area and there are two companies that offer this activity.

I’m still clueless as to which company they used: Dart Stables or High Country Horses

Fishing

They did fishing at Lake Wakatipu and the company used was Queenstown Fishing

One cool thing about salmon fishing is that it is done using a method called ‘trolling’ whereby you have to fish from a moving. The boatman has to be somewhat skilled as you will have to control the speed well in order for the salmon to ‘catch’ the bait and get hooked. I tried it once before in Malaysia while fishing for batang (spanish mackerel). It was a hell lot of fun but it’s not easy.

Skyline & Luge @ Queenstown

This is one of the easiest recognizable location of it all! I tried it about three weeks ago. It was pricey but I think definitely worth a try despite myself being not a speed demon. I was constantly breaking all the way.

It is easily accessible from the main town of Queenstown so assuming you can’t drive or don’t intend to drive in your visit to New Zealand, this is the one attraction that you can try out!

Lake Wakatipu @ Queenstown

This is just a wild guess but I believe it should be the Frankton area, near Lake Avenue.

Lindis Pass Summit Lookout

While I am not 100% sure of this exact location but it definitely seems similar to the Lindis Pass Lookout (see instagram location for more photos: https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/2167895143526166/lindis-pass-summit-lookout/) You will be able to drive pass this area whenever you’re driving from Omarama to Cromwell/Queenstown/Wanaka area. I did stop by at this place before but my photos look bad as it was a bad weather day.

One thing to note, there’s no mobile signal here and it was one of the drive I didn’t like as there’s a lot of curves and turns. Oh wells, maybe some day my driving will improve.

Note: this photo/scene was not featured in the episodes.

Address: Omarama-Lindis Pass Road, Lindis Pass 9382

Glide Omarama

Update: According to one of my readers who commented below, she mentioned that this photo was probably taken at the Omarama Hot Tubs waiting area and ‘Glide Omarama’ was probably just an advertisement on the wall. Okay this is a hilarious mistake of mine. Nevertheless, I heard the activity can be really fun too so I’m not removing the information below =p

Seems like they had their hands on flying their own glider planes! It is definitely not a cheap experience but it is kind of a compromise if you’re not daring enough to try skydiving. I’ve not tried it before but a friend of mine who has tried it said it was really cool! I mean, how often can you get to be your own pilot? Please note that this activity is very weather dependent and strong winds could mean plans cancellation. I guess they were really lucky.

Website: https://www.glideomarama.com/

Address: Terminal Building, Airport Road, Omarama 9448

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Okay, that’s all I have for now!

Glad I made it in time to publish this post one day after the airing of Bon Voyage.

Whoever that’s reading this, hope you fill find this useful and feel free to share your feedback/comments/improvements that I can make to this post.

(Final words)

Thanks for scrolling till the end. I did spend a lot of hours watching the episodes (despite not being a fan), researching on the places, asking my friends and people I know plus spending insane hours on google maps street view trying to put the pieces together. Should you be using my information anywhere, I really hope that I can be credited with a mention or linkback.

I am very heartened to read the kind comments to hear your stories and plans of visiting New Zealand, following the footsteps of BTS. Wish you guys success in your travel plans and I’m sure you will enjoy New Zealand as much as they did. It is a lovely country, filled with beautiful scenery. The only thing that can potentially screw up anything is the weather. There are many good weather days but the bad weather days are extremely terrible as well. Dress warmly, even in summer, and I wish that all of you have a chance to drop by New Zealand some day!

Best of luck and do come back and comment below and share your wonderful adventures ^^

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    • Thanks for your comment. Haha you’re so lucky to be visiting NZ in Feb. It’s such a lovely place. I’m sure you will be able to plan an itinerary around their schedule. Good Luck!

    • Thanks for your comment! Do check back every week as I will be updating the post with the newer locations with every episode. Hope you get to visit New Zealand some day!

  • Fantastic job you worked really hard on this! I appreciate it! I want to visit some of these beautiful picturesque places BTS traveled to.

    • Thanks for your lovely comment! I really spent quite a bit of time on sourcing the locations. Glad that it’s useful! Hope you get to visit New Zealand some day. It’s a lovely country.

  • Omg you’re a life-saver! Thank you soooo much! I was a passionate fan in 2013, then stopped following them for many years. Haven’t watched their shows until Bon Voyage 4, and I started because my colleague shared with me an article about their amazement over Singapore Airlines First Class. Now I’m into them again 😄 and am seriously deciding on a family trip in Sep 2020 to the places they went to.
    Their 1st night’s accommodation at Castle Hill seems like quite a diversion and not exactly on the way from Christchurch towards Tekapo. Does anyone have a guess why they went there?
    Also, leaving Castle Hill, what is the best or most efficient route to go towards Tekapo? Track back towards Sheffield -> Inland Scenic Route road -> pass through Geraldine like them? Thank you!

    • Hey, thanks for your comment! I’m a little puzzled about their decision to the castle hill place but that place is a very small ski resort. I think they could have had plans to do some skiing but I guess there was a delay in schedule and they couldn’t do it? Yes, going up to Castle Hill doesn’t exactly seem like a good route before heading to Tekapo. Most people just drive straight to Tekapo from Christchurch via Geraldine (the place they pump the petrol).

  • Thank you so for sharing this insightful look at their trip! Only one minor point the photo of Jimin with the rainbow on his face is not at Glide Omarama it is actually at Nevis Bungy, Swing & Catapult. They showed the clip of Jin taking this photo in the behind the scenes of episode 5, it’s just an advert for gliders in the lobby/gift shop, they didn’t visit the glider place or fly any gliders, the only flying they did was in the helicopters as passengers. But other than that everything about this blog is great thank you for posting this!

    • Hey! Thanks for being so observant! Based on the development so far, it really does seem that they did not fly the plane. Thanks for leaving a comment and I’ll adjust my post shortly. Thanks!

    • Hey, I haven’t quite figure it out yet and I’ll probably take a long time if I ever do find out. Seems like a holiday home and there are few hundred listings over airbnb in queenstown. I’ll update this post if I do find out eventually. Hopefully someone else is able to help out. Haha.

    • Wow! you’re amazing. How did you manage to do it? I’ll update my post after I finish this week’s episode. Haven’t had time to complete it yet. Haha.

      • I was looking through booking.com but couldn’t found it at first and I gave up. The next day while I was on Facebook, booking.com’s advertisement pops up and I recognised the place. 😂

        • You’re really lucky! I tried to search from airbnb but I couldn’t find anything. Smart of you to start with booking.com 😀

  • Thank you so much for gathering all this information so well 😭 I’ve been looking for this as I’m heading my way to New Zealand soon on a family trip and wanted to take my family to the scenics they visited, so I’ve very thankful and happy I came across this page. Thank you very much💜💜

      • Hey, January is summer and I think it will still be beautiful (assuming it is not raining, but the weather has been really cranky and pretty cold right now even though it is supposed to be summer). I don’t think you will get to see much snow, unless you fly to the glaciers. New Zealand is a beautiful country and I’m sure you will enjoy it if the weather is good.

  • Heyy
    Thank you for posting this, thanks to this post i was able to get an idea about where to go and what to do.
    I’m actually currently recreating the trip and i’ve already emailed all the places they went too.
    Thanks so much in helping with that.

  • The RV they used is the Britz. They used the Summer fleet campervans. But these are only available in certain seasons. If you’re stuck on things they’ve done, or you’re not sure, let me know. Also the Glacier Trip they did was $830pp. I messaged the company myself to make a booking and they told me that. Im from New Zealand, though i live in the North Island.

    • Hey, thanks for the comment and offer! Do you know which company they used for the horse riding? That’s one thing I’m not able to find out yet. It’s so amazing that you’re wanting to recreate the trip. I hope you enjoy it!

    • Congrats on booking your flight! I’m sure you will love New Zealand. Do note that June is winter time and the roads might be affected by snow. The daylight times will be shorter but it means that you can get a higher chance of seeing snow, stars and the southern lights! Happy planning!

  • OMG, you are the best. Thank you so much it’s helped a lot with my trip planning I really wanted to do the star gazing that they did. Again THANK YOU 💜💜💜💜

  • Just want to say a big thank you for crafting this post! 😀

    I have been wanting to go to NZ for a long time, and seeing BTS at the beautiful NZ tells me that I really shouldn’t wait any further even if it’s solo travel! I should be travelling there in May by joining a local tour. Hoping to see the star gazing at Mt John which left everyone in awe, the thick snow glaciers which made Jimin happy like a kid, the Nevis Swing which JK totally ace it, and even the simple cycling at the Queenstown lake that seems so enjoyable!