If you are someone who loves animals and like to explore wildlife and its wonders, New Zealand South Island is the place to go. These 10 places are just some of the amazing spots to visit if you decide to go to the South Island in 2020.
Aoraki / Mt Cook
If you want to enjoy one of the most stunning views in the world, you absolutely have to visit New Zealand’s highest peak. This place will offer you some of the most beautiful up-close views of wildlife and nature of New Zealand. And while you’re there, don’t miss out on the Mt John Observatory either. This is where you will get to experience the clear and vast starlit skies of the world’s biggest Dark Sky Reserve. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience. For this and many other beauties it offers, this mountain takes the number one spot of why you should visit New Zealand South Island with your friends and family.
Birdwatching, Stewart Island
Stewart Island is known for being home to one of the largest and most diverse bird populations in the world. If you’re into bird watching, then this place is a heaven on Earth for you. On this island, you will be able to spot many different species such as kaka, albatross, penguins, and even kiwis. This island offers up to 240km of walking tracks. You will also be able to explore the island’s beautiful beaches and rainforests and discover this island’s precious gems.
Fiordland National Park
Another great destination for your trip is Fiordland National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features the Milford and Doubtful Sounds. You can experience them either by boat, air or on foot. Every little corner, ever spot holds a little bit of its own magic. So be prepared to capture these beautiful moments with your camera. You can access this park through the picturesque town of Te Anau.
Explore the Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds are approximately 1,500km away from the New Zealand coastline. It is home to many stunning and precious views, historic sites, marine reserves and sanctuaries that foster kiwi and other important native species. You can choose to either cruise or kayak your way through the Sounds while getting a view of the island’s most beautiful wildlife.
Christchurch Street Art Trail
Before going on your epic South Island journey, make sure to visit Christchurch Street and soak up its creative atmosphere. The street art pops out of every corner of that street. Visit its eclectic cafes, take your time, wander around and appreciate the art around you.
Mt Aspiring National Park, Wanaka
Another unforgettable experience you mustn’t miss out on is exploring the Mount Aspiring National Park. It will be nothing like you’ve ever experienced before. Its raw wilderness will leave you breathless and stunned. It is accessible from Wanaka and offers many creative activities that you can attend. If you are an outdoor enthusiast this is just the right place for you where you can try out many exciting things
Larnach Castle, Dunedin
Go on an adventure and explore Victorian grandeur and Australasia’s only castle. You can discover a lot about Dunedin’s history by going on exciting Dunedin tours that will help you get to know the island and its culture on a much deeper level. The castle itself was built by William Larnach back in 1871 and offers a huge ballroom, a tower with the most stunning view of the Otago peninsula, and beautiful Victorian-style gardens. Enjoy your time and make sure to stay for high tea, which is hosted every day at 3 pm.
Wineries in Central Otago
Central Otago has a completely different type of beauty to offer. With its stunning landscapes, rugged mountains, clear blue rivers, and tussock-clad hills, Central Otago will definitely take your breath away. It has many wineries, most of which are world-renowned for their Pinot Noir. You can get a chance to meet the wine-makers, stroll through the vines and savour this region’s beautiful nature.
Hokitika Gorge, West Coast
The Hokitika Gorge is one of those magical places that look great in real life as much as they do in those beautiful photos you see on social media. Its vivid turquoise water surrounded by wild and beautiful nature creates such a magical space that it sometimes seems too good to be real.
Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson
Lastly, if you are planning a road trip with your friends to South Island, definitely visit Abel Tasman National Park. It is a perfect place for sailing and kayaking. You will be able to see many stunning creatures such as seals and dolphins that tend to regularly play in these waters. Or you can choose to explore the place by land. The park has its own walking track that follows the coastline.
All in all, there are many places you can visit in New Zealand South Island. For any nature and outdoor enthusiast, this is one of the most magical places on Earth that offers so many ways to discover the wildlife and nature of New Zealand.