New Zealand is incredible and the South Island alone is famous for its mountains, lakes and glaciers. It’s home to some of the most amazing landscapes you’ll ever lay your eyes on. If you’re planning an upcoming trip and are looking for the absolute must-sees then read on – here are ten experiences that will take your breath away.

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Hike Aoraki / Mount Cook

First Stop

Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand and has been used in the past as a practice run for climbing Mt. Everest. While we’re not suggesting you attempt a hike all the way to the top there are lots of easier hiking tracks in the area that will take you to lookout points across landscapes that are out of this world. The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is also home to skyscraping mountain peaks and permanent snowfields.

Visit the Glaciers

Stop 2

A trip to a glacier should be on any travellers short list for New Zealand. Depending on where you are based visit Fox Glacier or the Franz Josef Glacier. If you can then try to book yourself on a Glacier Walk for a once in a lifetime experience.

Road trip to the Hokitika Gorge, West Coast

Stop 3

The native bushland surrounded by clear turquoise waters that flow through the gorge make this a worthwhile trip that won’t disappoint. The short walk takes you across the swing bridge and through the bush before you arrive at a totally unique lookout point. This exquisite spot is 25km ot the east of the town of Hokitika.

Visit the Fiordland National Park

Stop 4

Explore this stunning region by foot, boat or by air. This UNES