Walk beneath New Zealand’s highest mountain, climb to towering waterfalls and take a thrilling jet boat ride through narrow river canyons. An Alpine Lakes Journey in the South Island is packed with adventures you won’t find anywhere else.
Start your journey in the vibrant city of Christchurch, the largest centre in the South Island, where old English gardens contrast with pop-up bars and fascinating street art. Next, head towards Mid-Canterbury where you will discover snow-capped mountains, crystal clear lakes and serene landscapes.
Take an early morning hot-air balloon flight over the magnifcant Canterbury Plains or walk to the top of Mount Sunday and marvel at the expansive views. If you're a fan of Lord of the Rings, join a tour from Christchurch that will take through middle earth to the remote area of Mt Sunday, the filming location for 'Edoras'.
Today, set off for Lake Tekapo, where you can hike or bike alongside brilliant turquoise waters before discovering the world's largest Dark Sky Reserve, one of the best places in New Zealand to view the Southern Lights.
On the lake shores you'll see the beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd, where the altar window frames a perfect view of the Southern Alps beyond the lake.
From Lake Tekapo head to Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. Explore the area on an easy day walk, longer climb or guided ascent. View the spectacular Southern Alps from above on a scenic flight, or get up close to the ever-changing ice environment of the Tasman Glacier.
If you have some extra time, take a day to explore the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail, a fun way to soak up the stunning mountain scenery. Stretching more than 300km, it's New Zealand's longest cycle trail. But with multiple access points, there's shorter rides for all abilities.
Travel past turquoise lakes and rivers to the lakeside resort town of Wanaka. Set alongside the renown Mt Aspiring National Park, Wanaka is the ultimate outdoor utopia.