Perhaps nowhere on earth can compare to New Zealand for dramatic and extreme scenery; at 13km long Fox Glacier plummets from 2,600m where it is hundreds of metres thick – arriving at the river valley below it is still 300m thick. Its ease of access is staggering – you can literally just walk up to it! That said a scenic flight will show you its full extent and is well worth considering; it can be combined with views of Mt Aspiring, Mt Cook, Mt Tasman and Franz Josef Glacier – awesome. Geography has favoured the South Island creating lakes by the dozen; amongst the larger ones are Te Anau, Akatipu, Hawea, Wanaka, Pukaki and Tekapo, all of which will allow you to stay on their shores to breathe their air and absorb their ever-changing moods. Walking is probably an assumed pastime along with cycling, horse-riding, water-based adventures and again do consider a view from the air. Look out for Luxury Lodges which not only offer you superb, spacious and stylish accommodation but invariably include breath-taking lake views – often from a Jacuzzi bath!
A selection of hotels that we have visited and fallen in love with. Speak to one of our experts today and find out why.