South Island is a well-known favorite of travelers who have a penchant for adventure. Don’t miss out on the diversity of locations ranging from forests, mountains lakes, beaches, and fiords which offer you tons of outdoor activities that will leave a poignant impact as you immerse yourself in its beauty.
Let’s get you started with a few places you can visit during your stay:
Abel Tasman National Park
One of its main attractions, the Abel Tasman National Park will welcome you with luscious hills ringed with sandy bays and accentuated with its clear waters. It is recommended to stay in Motueka which is close by where you will find interesting places to dine and its art galleries are also worth a look. Drive over to Golden Bay located on Takaka Hill (known as Marble Mountain) at the northern tip of the island and you will definitely find a sweet nature’s-lover solace. On the other side of the hill is the TeWaikoropu Springs (Pupu Springs) which is said to be sacred to the Maori tribe.
Fancy taking a glacier walk? Fox Glacier or TeMoeka offers several ice-hiking guided adventures and other activities that will sure leave you wanting more. Hiking is optimal during the summer months of November to February. If you have the appetite an adrenalin rush, then take on the altitude and go skydiving for a bird’s eye view of the Fox Glacier and its neighboring mountains.
After your heart-thumping activities, settle in the picturesque Lake Matheson where the reflections of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman are embedded precisely on a calm and clear day.
Think about waterfalls that thunder down into deep black fiords, untouched rainforests, sparkling lakes and granite peaks. Fiordland is probably the most beautiful corner of New Zealand that was carved by glaciers over 100,000 years ago.
The Fiordland National Park occupies 4,800the square miles has three of New Zealand’s ‘great walks’ – the Milford, Kepler, and Routeburn Tracks. So if trekking is your thing, this is great place to start walking. The park is also filled with lovely little secrets for you to unravel. Some of the activities where you can do here are cycling, farm visits, fishing, hunting, horse riding, jet boatingand more.
On the west coast of South Island, you will find Milford Sound which is very well known for its gorgeous mountains that are located out of the sea that mainly stands like a tower adorned by waterfalls. Previous visitors usually take a road trip to the Sound from Queenstown which takes about 4 hours. As the village of Millford Sound is quite small, lodging is limited and pre-booking your stay will be wise.
The best way to experience the Sound is by taking a boat cruise. For the more active, kayaking, diving or flight views are also great options to enjoy the mountain and waterfall views. Taking on the Milford Track is another way to go if you prefer to experience the wilderness at close hand.
There is definitely more the cover in the South Island of New Zealand and we hope these tips will get you going towards your journey of discovering the most tantalizing destinations.