South Island in New Zealand hosts the purest natural landscapes you’ll ever experience. Check out some of these #NZMustDo's in South Island.
Experience the beauty of New Zealand's highest peak on foot wandering the easy Hooker Valley Track, enjoy a birds eye view of the area from the air or take to the surrounding turquoise waters by boat. While you are here, don't miss a visit to the Mt John Observatory where you will witness the clear and vast starlit skies of the world's largest Dark Sky Reserve. Day or night, from up close to views across the water, this mountain takes our top spot for South Island experiences.
Iconic, yet surprisingly quiet, this is a stunning coastline. The steep headland is surrounded by a scattering of rocky islets, or "The Nuggets", and is the entrance to the lush Catlins area - renowned for its waterfalls, native forest and marine wildlife. Easily accessible, Nugget Point is 1.5 hours south Of Dunedin.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Fiordland National Park features the majestic Milford and Doubtful Sounds which you can experience by boat, air or on foot. Keep the camera handy - there's a magic spot around every bend in this part of the world! The park can be accessed through the picturesque town of Te Anau.
The picturesque Marlborough Sounds boasts 20 per cent of New Zealand's total coastline and world-famous Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough is also one of the best places to explore by bike; cycle between vineyards or take to one of the coastal ridge tracks to admire the view and keep your eyes open for playful marine wildlife frolicking in the waters.
Fom soaring mountains to tranquil river flats, glaciers and turquoise lakes, exploring the Mount Aspiring National Park wilderness is an unforgettable experience. Accessible from Wanaka, it boasts plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts; from walking to jet boating and scenic flights. Choosing where to start is the hardest part!
Central Otago is breathtakingly different with vast undulating landscapes, rugged snow-capped mountains, clear blue rivers and tussock-clad hills. The gem of this region is the multitude of wineries, many world-renowned for their Pinot Noir. Meet the wine-makers, stroll or bike through the vines and savour the best of this region.
Sometimes you see photos of a tourist spot and think yeah right, it can’t look as good as that in real life. The Hokitika Gorge is one of those places. The vivid turquoise water surrounded by lush native bush looks too good to be true but trust us, it is well worth a visit. The Hokitika Gorge is 33kms from Hokitika on the West Coast.
Serving up freshly cooked crayfish and green lipped mussels, NIn's Bin in Kaikoura near Christchurch is a local hot spot that's totally worth the stop. Soak in the views and enjoy a chat with the owners who are more than happy to tell you about the history of the place and share local history.
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