New Zealand’s South Island is home to some of the most inspiring natural landscapes in the world.
Its snow-capped mountains, sizeable fjords and glistening glaciers tempt travellers back to its stunning shores time and again. Beyond the comforts of its luxurious lodges and welcoming homesteads there is a life of adventure connected to the very heart of the land of the long white cloud.
A rare contrast runs concurrent throughout New Zealand’s scenery, an unrivalled natural beauty, complimented by a rugged palette that makes the South Island so perfect for high octane sports. A myriad of rushing rivers are perfect for white water rafting as they converge from the precipice of mountainous regions. Stonefly Lodge in Nelson is a hotel that offers day or week long rafting adventures for families and thrill-seekers of all ages. Out in the wilderness, children will adore the carefree abandon and adults will immerse themselves in a new challenge to be found every day. Queenstown is also a particular hotspot for rafting and there’s a dedicated rafting tour operator on the Shotover River and the Deep Creek.
Although you could argue fishing is a considerably quieter pastime than the mad rush of rafting, we’re not so sure that statement holds true when you’re being whisked here and there by helicopter. Described as magic carpets for anglers, heli-fishing is a way of accessing the most remote, yet most rewarding fishing zones in New Zealand. Heli-fishing is a great experience that exposes you to the wonderful landscapes of the South Island while helping you chase your hobby and New Zealand is renowned for its world class trout fishing. Whiz over the Aorere River or Kahurangi National Park and admire views of Mt Arthur. Just two examples of fulfilling adventures in a land of endless possibilities.