South Island DestinationsDestinations in the South Island
. The Fiordland National Parks unspoilt natural beauties attract walkers of all degrees of difficulty as well as nature-loving people. It is a World Heritage Site and houses some of New Zealand's Great Walks, a treasure chest of sea reservations, dales, glaciers and icy fjords.
The highest peak in New Zealand is a favorite for adventuresome skiing and because of its size also for film-makers. Situated at 3724 meters above sea level, Aoraki/Mount Cook is part of a Nationalpark. This southern Alpine wonder, which is situated near the city of Twizel, is surrounded by rough terrain.
This breath-taking canyon is about 22 kilometers long and is crossed by the adrenalin-rich Shotover River. The longest and third biggest in New Zealand is the Wakatipu Lagoon. Covering 80 kilometers and an area of 291 sqkm. The Kawarau River is where shores of Wakatipu River run off, and the Remarkables Mountain Area is the most striking attraction on the south-eastern side of the shore.
The longest ice in New Zealand is a good 27 km long and flows from the Southern Alps into the Mackenzie Basin. Not for nothing have the Marlborough Sounds become a favourite excursion spot for hikers, trekker and winemakers. Situated in the top of the South Island, this beautiful treasure houses a magnificent array of riverside and wooded hilly areas, sand coves, predator-free reservations and coves.
Mt Aspiring is New Zealand's third biggest reservation. Isengard will be recognized by the Lord of the Rings fan base, while wild animal lovers know the area for its stunning ecosystems - there are 59 registered bird and more than 400 butterflies and moths in this area.
The blue water of the Tekapo River makes a good impact on all travelers who use it. From Christchurch to Mackenzie Basin, a three-hour trip takes you to this magnificent reservoir and the name cousinhood. The Tekapo is also a UNESCO Dark Sky Reservation, making it an excellent place to do a little peekaboo.
When you visit between April and September, you can even take a look at the wonderful Southern Lights - also known as Aurora Australis. You can' t pass shores of Wanaka for a dash of elegance all year round. Situated in the centre of the Otago area, near Queenstown, the area is a favourite place for walking, cycling, boating and canoeing.
Wanaka is 45 kilometers long and occupies an area of 193 sqkm. Like many of the South Island's sub-lime destinations, the city of Wanaka and its lakes are surrounded by vast mountain vistas and extensive rivers. The North Island takes us to Cathedral Cove, while the South Island gives us the wonderful Cathedral Caves.