As you travel through the patchwork fields of the Canterbury Plains, take time to visit some of the small towns along the way.
With its stunning turquoise water, Lake Tekapo offers a magnificent spectacle year-round. There are so many ways to enjoy this part of the country – hiking, fishing or relaxing in hot pools while gazing at the lake.
The sheer grandeur of the place truly comes alive at night. With clear skies and remarkably dark nights, this area is home to world's largest Dark Sky Reserve and one of the best places to view the Southern Lights.
Head to the Mount John Observatory and take in unobstructed views of a star filled sky.