Top South New Zealand attractions to visit
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…
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
The Hokitika Gorge is a pretty sight not to miss.
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?
7) Milford Sound
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
The renowned “dinosaur eggs” looking “stones” is one of the must visit attractions in South New Zealand.
9) Lake Wanaka
Enjoy the view of the lakes in the air
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.
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!
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.
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)
For your kind reference only, please kindly use google map to verify with your address to plan your amazing trip!
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