23 Jun 2016

(photo: Lori in New Zealand!)

Fantastic South Island, New Zealand Adventures!

 

You know New Zealand’s South Island is right for you when you find yourself with endless things to see and do.  The activities in New Zealand include golfing to fly fishing, hiking, cruising and so much more – plus the South Island has some of the most natural landscapes in the Southern hemisphere.  I had the opportunity to re-visit the South Island, New Zealand a few weeks ago and here are some of my personal recommendations on where to visit.

 

1)    Akaroa – take a trip back in time with this town’s historic buildings, French heritage, and stunning harbour (great for a sail!).  Enjoy some of the quaint restaurants and cafes in the area or indulge in some retail therapy at the Akaroa Bay shops.  If it’s learning you seek, be sure to explore the Akaroa museum, or try something hands-on like a cooking class at the Akaroa Cooking School – recognized by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s best places to learn how to cook local cuisine!

2)    Fiordland – both dramatic and breathtaking, here’s a place formed by glaciers over the course of 100,000 years and you’ll love the cascading waterfalls, ancient rainforests and granite peaks.  Beautiful and captivating, you’ll want to see this region either by a scenic flight or boat cruise.  Alternatively, the fiords are a fantastic place for day-long or multi-day hikes, great for the active traveller.

3)    Wanaka/Queenstown – you’ll never visit this region and be at a loss for activity options!  I highly recommend the lake cruise and nature walk on Lake Wanaka.  In this ultimate adventure bucket list destination, you’ll want to join in on the fun!  From bungy jumping to canyon swinging, 4WD safaris, jet boating and river rafting (to name a few!) this is a place for action!  Other activities include cycling and hiking along Queenstown’s many tracks and paths or the Rob Roy Glacier hike

4)    Fox Glacier and Franz Joseph Glacier – enjoy a unique ice hiking experience through a glacier that is only 300 metres above sea level and stunning to view from any angle.  Nearby, travellers will love the stunning Lake Matheson – truly a wonder to see – that reflects a mirror-like image of the majestic Mount Cook over the lake’s waters.  This is a day to have your camera fully charged and ready!

5)    Abel Tasman/Nelson – Be at the top of the South Island ...and enjoy a wonderful walk or kayak in Abel Tasman National Park.  In the Nelson region, head to Mapua Wharf for a mix of eateries, shops and coastal views.  Hire a bike and explore the trails!

 

Written By: Lori (Destination Specialist) 

I thoroughly enjoy putting together itineraries for each of my clients.  Talk to me today about incorporating some unique experiences and adventures into your New Zealand vacation... you won’t regret it!