Journey to New Zealand’s South Island to uncover an incredible mix of natural landscapes and captivating surroundings. The South Island showcases it’s picturesque mountains, immense lakes, impressive glaciers, and rugged coastlines, all of which are easily accessible by road. No matter how you are travelling or what your interests, discovering these must-see locations will make for an unforgettable trip of a lifetime.
Situated on the west coast of the South Island, Milford Sound is a spectacular manifestation of New Zealand’s natural beauty. It’s stunning combination of mountain peaks, ink black water and plummeting waterfalls make it the most famous fiord in New Zealand.
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Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier
Discover the heart of New Zealand’s Glacier Country, with a visit to the renowned Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier. Located in the spectacular World Heritage Area on the west coast of the South Island, the glaciers are not to be missed during your trip. The huge valleys of ice extend well below the ice to almost sea level, and temperate climates make them some of the most accessible hiking glaciers in the world.
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Mt Cook is the tallest mountain peak in New Zealand, at a height of 3,754 metres. Nestled at the foot of the impressive mountain is the village of Mount Cook, a comfortable and welcoming town situated in the midst of the rugged surroundings. You don’t have to be a mountaineer to hike Mt Cook – there are plenty of easy to moderate paths to take that still offer amazing views.
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Situated in picturesque valley surroundings, New Zealand’s South Island encompasses many amazing wine regions that are not to be missed by wine-lovers. The areas of Central Otago, Canterbury, Nelson and the Waipara Valley are blessed with the perfect conditions to produce top quality red and white styles.
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Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand, and arguably the world! Located in the south-west of the island, Queenstown is a small town full of big thrills. Get your heart racing with activities such as jet boating, bungee jumping, canyon swinging, or skydiving!
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Christchurch Botanic Garden
Located in the heart of the South Islands largest city Christchurch, the Botanic Gardens are a popular attraction for locals and visitors alike. The elegant 21-hectare park was founded in 1863 and today contains an impressive array of plant and flower collections.
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Lake Tepako is situated about three hours drive south-west of Christchurch in the Mackenzie Basin. The turquoise blue lake obtains its stunning colour from the fine rock flour suspended from the surrounding glaciers. Visit the region by day to awe the spectacular lake, and stop for the night in the UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, perfect for stargazing.
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The South Island town of Wanaka appeals to lovers of adventure and is home to some of the best outdoor activities in New Zealand. During winter, skiers and snowboarders flock from around the world to the town to take on the slopes. The town is also full of great summer activities such as fishing, hiking, and canyoning, and is also a great place to just kick back and relax.
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