With its milky turquoise waters, historic buildings, and dramatic peaks of the Southern Alps, Lake Tekapo is certainly a stunning location. Despite its daytime beauty, the real highlight here is the chance to stargaze. The stars are so incredible at Lake Tekapo that it’s recognised as a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve.
As the highest mountain in New Zealand, a climb to the top of Mount Cook provides unforgettable views. The mountain has a long history and is part of Maori mythology. It was also here that Sir Edmund Hillary prepared for his famous trek in the Himalayas. Less skilled hikers can choose easy treks at the base of the mountain.
Due to the area’s dry and sunny climate, Marlborough is one of the world’s best and New Zealand’s largest wine producing areas. Tour local vineyards to sample varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. You'll find more than 30 cellar doors throughout this region including Framingham Wines, Yealand Estate Winery, and Saint Clair Family Estate.
You’ll find Milford Track in Fiordland National Park. This stunning walk is often heralded as one of the world’s most beautiful treks. On your 32 mile journey, you’ll wind your way through mighty mountains, pretty wetlands and temperate rainforests. Key trail highlights include Sutherland Falls, the highest waterfall in the country, and the sheer limestone cliffs of Milford Sound.
Visit the stunning Franz Josef Glacier on the South Island’s west coast. Located 12 miles inland from the Tasman Sea, this is one of the only inland glaciers in the country. You can hike to the top on a guided or a self-guided tour. If you don’t feel like walking, hire a chartered helicopter to zip you to the top.