Your journey into the Southern Alps will depend on the time of the year that you're here.
In winter and spring, Mount Hutt ski field has some of the most reliable snow conditions in New Zealand and the nearby town of Methven, is filled with ski activities.
Once snow levels decline, hiking begins. Make it your mission to complete the Mount Somers(opens in new window) Walkway - a ten-hour return trip that takes you to historic coal mines, impressive volcanic formations and a deep river canyon. Climb to the top for spectacular views.
Rakaia Gorge Walkway is a popular jet boating spot, with waterfalls, rapids and amazing alpine scenery. Or try whitewater rafting on the Rangitata River.