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1. Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
Experience mother nature’s power with a trip to Pancake Rocks on the South Island’s northwest corner. If possible, time your visit with high tide to experience the thundering waves pushing through blowholes between layered rocks carved out over time by the wind and sea. Enjoy easy access with plenty of walking paths and viewing platforms providing heaps of photo opportunities. You’ll also have an opportunity to join an environmental and wildlife conservation project.
2. Lake Tekapo
The majestic turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo, located in the centre of New Zealand’s South Island, is one of the incredible destinations on the Southern Roundup. The sceneries of Lake Tekapo change with the southern hemisphere seasons; from snow-sprinkled winter, to deep reds of autumn leaves and contrasting blooms of summer, the shores of this gorgeous lake are ideal for long scenic walks by day and stargazing at night.
3. Tongariro Alpine Crossing
This remarkable tramping track is not for the faint-hearted but incredibly rewarding for those who push through. Tongariro National Park, south of Lake Taupo on the Northern Roundup, boasts stark volcanic landscapes rich in natural beauty and cultural significance. Sprinkled with active fumaroles, emerald lakes and volcanic craters, this exhilarating and unique walk is certainly one worth talking about.
4. The Catlins
Scattered with endless rivers, waterfalls and beautiful coastal bays, lies the stunning Catlin Coast Nature and wildlife lovers will enjoy spotting Elephant Seals and Hooker's Sea Lions from the headland at Nugget Point, as well as the 180-million-year-old fossilised forest at Curio Bay, and the majestic Cathedral Caves at Waipati Beach.
5. Nelson Lakes National Park
See New Zealand the way it’s supposed to be seen at Nelson Lakes National Park. A tranquil place with an untouched quality. The surrounding area around Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoroa is flanked by beautiful beech forests and watched over by mountains. Get up close to the abundant bird and wildlife as you go hiking, fishing, and out on the water amid stunning scenery and crystal clear waters.
6. Franz Josef Glacier
All nature lovers will appreciate the brilliance of the stunning Franz Josef Glacier with its ice flow from the Southern Alps, through the rainforest, to the ocean. Purchase the Naturemax pack and walk through the glacier valley or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, take a scenic flight and enjoy the spectacular views, and then treat yourself in the Glacier Hot Pools for an experience you won't forget.
7. Milford Sound
A world-renowned attraction in New Zealand, Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park offers a myriad of opportunities for nature and wildlife lovers to explore and experience an area carved by glaciers. Tale a cruise amid majestic waterfalls tumbling down sheer cliffs and embark on a journey through Fiordland National Park with the Milford Explorer pass.
8. Abel Tasman National Park
One of New Zealand's most popular attractions, the Abel Tasman National Park boasts lush green forests, beautiful turquoise bays and golden beaches and is one of South Island's "must-do's". Enjoy a guided kayak along the scenic coast and explore sea caves and islands that are home to nesting cormorants and local seal colonies.
No matter where you go in New Zealand, you will be awestruck by its' tremendous beauty. Kiwi Experience have some great nature lover activity packs for those who want to get out and really explore this beautiful country. Check out of activities page for more details.
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