Top South New Zealand attractions

Top South New Zealand attractions to visit

1) Queenstown

Queentown is a top destination in New Zealand (both north and south included) without a doubt. The scenery offered is magical with the spectacular mountains surrounding the beautiful blue Lake Wakatipu. It is also a lively town with myriad activity, be it ones that give you adrenaline rush like Bungee Jumping , visit to a famous Hunted House (the Fear Factory), White Water Rafting, Mountain Biking down the mountains or the ones that are suitable for all ages like scenic gondola- riding and luge and also food hunting! There are also many beautiful accommodations to select for a good rest. Thrilling and or relaxing, you have many choices to choose from…

Top South New Zealand attractions
Top South New Zealand attractions to visit and travel for holiday. Pic 1- Queenstown Bungee Jump

 

Top South New Zealand attractions

Top South New Zealand attractions

 

 

2) Aoraki Mountain Cook

Aoraki Mountain Cook is famous for its glacier and very beautiful powdery blue Lake Pukaki. It is also famous for the abundant lovely flowers during summer. Glacier erosion gives rise to the milky blue colour of the lake.

Top South New Zealand attractions

Top South New Zealand attractions

Activities here include scenic hike, exploring the glaciers by hiking or by boat at the Tasman Glacier Park

Enjoy the video we filmed at the Tasman Glacier Lake using Olympus TG-4 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Red)

 

3) Kaikoura

You must not miss Kaikoura if you love the sea and marine life. It is one of the top places in the world to spot whales and snorkel with dolphins due to its nutrient rich sea.

Many activities that you can choose from to explore the serene town which includes  trekking, whale watching cruise, whale watching by seaplane, swimming with dusky dolphins, skydiving and even food hunting etc

Top South New Zealand attractions

Top South New Zealand attractions

1514534_10152580093101456_1971958834270929192_n

Top South New Zealand attractions

Top South New Zealand attractions greenary below

Top South New Zealand attractions

 

4) Hanmer Village

This village is famous for the Hanmer Springs. Nice to soak up in a hot bath when the weather is cold and at the same time, admiring the snow melting around you.

In addition to that, you can explore the Hanmer forests treks which begins just next to the hot springs facilities.

5) Abel Tasman National Park

Its located at the north of south new zealand and is home to many marine life such as blue penguins and  dolphins.

In fact, Blue Lake, which is situated in the area, is the clearest lake on earth. And, maybe because of that, Maori considers it as sacred as its forbidden for humans to enter the waters.

6) Punikaki

Dead marine creatures sediments and fragments built up on the sea bed, layers by layers. Over time, they were pressed together by the immense water pressures. Limestones were thus formed. Seismic action lifted them above the seabed. With exposure to acidic rain, wind and seawater, erosion gives rise to its special shapes.

Top South New Zealand attractions

Top South New Zealand attractions

7) Hokitika

Top South New Zealand attractions

The Hokitika Gorge is a pretty sight not to miss.

6) Akaroa

This charming french town is home to world’s smallest and rarest dolphin in the world, the hectare dolphin.  So, why not swim with these cute hectare dolphins or do sea kayaking to find their other marine friends?

Top South New Zealand attractions

Experience authentic farm stay and befriend these really cute blue penguins and sheep at the flea bay.

Top South New Zealand attractions

7) Milford Sound

Top South New Zealand attractions

If you love to dive, you may want to dive here. Overlaying the sea water is a layer of fresh water. This combined with the narrow shape of the fiord creates a similar environment to the deep ocean, allowing you to see deep sea species close up. 

8) Moeraki Boulders (Dragon Eggs) In Koekohe Beach

 

Top South New Zealand attractions
credits to pixabay

The renowned “dinosaur eggs” looking “stones” is one of the must visit attractions in South New Zealand.

9) Lake Wanaka

Top South New Zealand attractions

Top South New Zealand attractions

 

Enjoy the view of the lakes in the air

Top South New Zealand attractions

Top South New Zealand attractions

10) Christchurch

Christchurch is located on the boundary of 2 major tectonic plates the Australian Plate and the Pacific Plate. Hence, it is very prone to frequent earthquakes.

It is an urban city which presents tourists another side of new zealand. It may not have impressive skycrapers like Wellington but it does has its own uniqueness.

Top South New Zealand attractions

The ReStart Mall is a retail space made of containers. This special concept is to signify courage and perseverance in restarting lives after earthquakes tragedy. Nice attitude, way to go!

Top South New Zealand attractions

If you miss nature, do visit their garden which has a variety of different flower species. And, while you are shopping, do remember to buy some Manuka Honey back.

Top South New Zealand attractions

Itinerary ideas

If you would like to visit all these places at once, my suggestion is that you drive in this sequence:

1) Arrive at Christchurch, drive northwards to Kaikoura (about 2.5 hours drive)

2) Kaikoura to Hanmer Village (about 2 hours)

3) Hanmer Village to Punkaiki (about 7 hours)

4) Punkaiki to Hokitika (about 3 hours)

5) Hokitika to Lake Wanaka (about 5 hours)

6) Lake Wanaka to Queenstown (about 5 hours)

7) Queenstown to Milford Sound (about 4 hours)

8) Milford Sound to Mountain Cook (about 12 hours)

9) Mountain Cook to Lake Tekapo (about 5 hours)

10) Lake Tekapo to Christchurch (about 3 hours)

Itinerary mapped-out

For your kind reference only, please kindly use google map to verify with your address to plan your amazing trip!

Feel free to message me if you have any enquires  :)

 


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *