For lovers of walking and hiking, Queenstown is paradise. The town sits on the shore of Lake Wakatipu among dramatic mountain ranges and this stunning region offers everything from short day hikes to multi-day backcountry adventures, such as the Hollyford Track, which ends at stunning Milford Sound.
Lake Tekapo is a photographer’s dream. The snow-topped mountains, turquoise blue lake and beautiful church will captivate you. The area is also an international dark sky reserve, so make sure you do some stargazing while you’re there.
The picturesque coastal town of Kaikoura is the perfect place for marine life encounters and tasty fresh seafood, while Hanmer Springs is purpose-built for rest and rejuvenation in the hot mineral springs.
Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region and the home of world-renowned sauvignon blanc. No matter what time of year you visit, there is always something going on. And with over 40 cellar doors, a wine tour is an absolute must.
Did you know New Zealand has officially re-named its two main islands to their original Maori names? The South Island is now known as Te Waipounamu (Place of greenstone).