The easiest way to get to the south island (if you’re not taking the interisland ferry of course) is to fly into Christchurch. International flights in and out on a daily make it a super accessible location. From here you can venture out to Kaikoura to swim with wild dolphins or head south to visit Mt. Cook.
Mount Cook is home to the highest peak in New Zealand. Made famous by Sir Edmund Hillary who used this as his training ground before giving Mount Everest a bash. Take a cruisey hike to the base and get a few epic shots. Just a taste for what’s to come.
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This place is a mind-blower. Known to many as being ‘The Gem’ of New Zealand and you can see why.
Exploring here is best combined with a mixture of land and sea. Taking a hike through the vast rainforest that fringe the water edge offers views that are simply a different gear. Our fave way of seeing Abel Tasman is to jump aboard a local water taxi or if you’re feelin’ adventurous, hire a kayak and go for a paddle.
There are a few top-notch spots to stay the night in Able Tasman, to be honest though, we’d suggest throwing up a tent and camping out in the National Park – Check out Bark Bay Campground and let us know how you go.
Franz Josef & Fox Glacier
If you’re planning on getting deep. Like really deep. There’s no better place to get deep than the deep south. Home to Dunedin, the 2nd largest city in New Zealand. This Scottish-inspired city will have you feelin’ like the cast of Braveheart.
Bluff is home to Shark Cage Diving. For those wanting a thrilling experience, the cold water might just be enough. With close to freezing cold temperatures during winter this place is the perfect home to the Great White Shark. Don’t believe us? Book a tour and see for yourself.
Take a 30km boat trip across the Foveaux Strait and head for Stewart Island. Geographically this is the coldest, deepest most southern point of the country. It places you roughly halfway between the equator and the south pole. It’s fair to say it gets pretty chilly here in the winter! Beautiful scenery around every corner. Not one to be missed.
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