New Zealand is the adventure capital of the world. Hiking, skydiving, caving, bungy jumping, skiing – everything here is geared towards getting you outside and doing something awesome. It’s a famous destination for backpackers, photographers and travellers from the whole globe.
I loved my time in New Zealand – the people were kind and the country was super beautiful. It’s one of the best countries in the world and a place not to be missed. I’ve never heard anyone had a bad time in New Zealand.
Most people don’t want to leave!
Here are my personal 7 MUST Visits on New Zealand’s South Island 🙂
1. Aoraki / Mount Cook
Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park is home of the highest mountains and the longest glaciers in New Zealand. It is alpine in the purest form – with skyscraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields, all set under a deep-blue sky.
The tallest mountain in this area is called Aoraki, which means „Cloud Piercer“ in Maori. Better known as Mount Cook, Aoraki rises up to spectacular 3.724 meters.
Lake Tekapo is the second largest lake and highest lake in New Zealand.
Most of the water in Lake Tekapo originates from rivers in the Southern Alps. There are also the large glaciers from the snow on the mountain plateaus of the Alps. As the glacier moves down the valley, it rips off the rocks. The glacier’s force grinds these rocks to a fine powder called glacial flour. These fine rock particles or glacial flour are suspended in the glacier fed waters and reflect the sunlight. The result is the beautiful turquoise colour of the water!
3. Milford Sound
Milford Sound is a spectacular Fiordland in the South East corner of New Zealand. It is home to jagged cliffs, cascading waterfalls and a mysterious air. It is so magnificent and breathtaking, you can’t help but be left in awe of your surroundings. There are literally thousands of waterfalls around you, all plummeting into the still waters with such force is mesmerises you . You will also sail past sunbathing seals, and although it rains here 90% of the year, if you are lucky enough to get a glimmer of sunlight peaking through the jagged rocks and see it illuminate The Sounds, the sight of it’s raw beauty is something that will stay with you long after you leave.
New Zealand is the home of adventure and Queenstown is its adrenaline pumping capital. Bungy jumping, skydiving, mountainbiking, luging, here you can do it all.
Queenstown can offer you undeniable beauty and thrills which will create the memories of a lifetime. It also has some of the best restaurants in New Zealand and enough bars to fill a town twice it’s size. The only problem with this place is leaving it, no matter how many times you go, saying goodbye is never easy. If you are going to go anywhere in New Zealand, then it’s got to be Queenstown.
5. Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef is visited by adventure seekers from all over the world. Located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of the South Island, this glacier welcomes 250,000 visitors every year and is a must-see for adrenaline seeking adventurers. The glacier has different activities for all travelers, so you don’t want to miss out! Guided and unguided walks are available, but a helicopter is required to get up to the glacier due to the unstable terminal face. In the world of glaciers, Franz Josef is something of a rock star.
6. The Catlins
The Catlins is the name given to the area between Invercargill and Balclutha, a wild landscape of rough coastline, battered by winds and lined with shipwrecks. Although the Catlins covers an area the size of Luxembourg, there are only about 1200 people living here. Therefore you can meet some Penguins, Seals and other wildlife easily!
New Zealand is popular for its Nationalparks and there are heaps to explore. Fiordland National Park – a nominated World Heritage area on the South Island of New Zealand. Fiordland is New Zealand’s largest National Park as well as the largest National Park in the world. The scenery is breathtaking you won’t believe until you see for yourself. You will witness steep mountains, waterfalls and exotic rainforests. Within the Fiordland National Park you will experience one of New Zealand’s most beautiful landscapes.
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