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.
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(opens in new window), 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.
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.
Day 4: Aoraki/Mount Cook to Wanaka
Lakeside town surrounded by epic outdoor adventures