The South Island is the jewel of New Zealand, showcasing some of the most contrasting natural environments you’ll ever see. There’s everything from ancient glaciers to vast golden beaches, majestic sounds carving through sky-scraping mountains to lush rolling farmland. Below, Top Tourist Attractions in the South Island of New Zealand to help you plan the best itinerary for your journey ‘down under’.
If you want to truly experience our vast wilderness down here in New Zealand then there is only one thing you can do… get amongst it! Lucky we have a great network of hiking tracks, each offering a different perspective of our epic landscapes. Great walks in New Zealand are the elite of the elite. In New Zealand’s most iconic, untouched and beautiful places, these nine walks have something to delight around every turn – native wildlife popping up to say “kia ora,”indescribably magic views and landscapes so contrasting it’s like you’re visiting many different countries all at once. A True 100% Pure New Zealand Experience
In New Zealand romance greets you at every turn – on a secluded beach; as the sun sets on the alps; under the clearest of starry nights – so what better place to spend one of the most wonderful times of your life? Here are some of the most romantic places that together make up the Best New Zealand Itinerary for a Honeymoon…
Lisanne, one of First Light Travel’s interns, travelled down the North Island to visit New Zealand’s capital. Being from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, she loves coffee, craft beer, and great food. In addition to that, she also is a huge the Lord of the Rings fan. As Wellington offers all listed above, it made perfect sense to pay the windy capital a visit.
Travelling New Zealand by rail is a bit more than just an efficient way to get around; in fact, because of our challenging landscape we actually don’t have a vast stretch of rail. But thanks to the amazing feats of engineering achieved by some hardy early pioneers, we’ve got some impressive rail journeys that criss-cross the country. In one just one trip, you can traverse snow-dusted mountain ranges, glide around glistening coastlines and sweep lush farmland dotted with bouncing lambs.
Here’s the low-down on exploring New Zealand by rail.
What do you picture when you think of New Zealand? Crystal-clear rivers twisting and turning through untouched forests, mountains dusted with snow and waterfalls cascading into bright blue pools? If so, you’ve definitely got Milford in mind. As one of the most famously beautiful places in New Zealand, “where is Milford Sound?” is a pretty common question that we get asked! Often referred to as “the eighth wonder of the world,” Milford Sound nestles majestically into the Southwest coast of the South Island, in the Fiordland region.
Wanaka is nestled lakeside, surrounded by huge mountain ranges and protected nature reserves, it is like Queenstown’s charming little sister – a lovely little mix of small town warmth and a slow, relaxed pace in one of the most beautiful settings in New Zealand.
If you love nature, adventure, relaxing, wine, or all of the above, you will find countless things to do in Wanaka, New Zealand. In winter, world-class ski resorts attract snow bunnies from all over; but, Wanaka is not just a skier’s dreamland, all year round you can hike, kayak, fish, mountain bike, tour vineyards or simply soak up that view with a glass of wine, lakeside!
Our little country packs quite a punch for its size - around every corner you’ll find diverse culture, unbelievable landscapes and colorful history – so we’ve handpicked the top tourist attractions in the North Island to give you a hand planning the most unforgettable New Zealand adventure.
Jasmijn and Julia two of First Light Travel’s latest interns venture into the Waikato to explore Hobbiton Middle Earth the now famous movie set to see what all the fuss is about. Jasmijn is from Elst in the Eastern part of Holland near the German boarder and Julia is from Munich in Germany so both like the hobbits are no strangers to the delights of beer – but will the Hobbit village and especially the Green Dragon Inn meet their high expectations.
It’s fair to say New Zealand’s a pretty safe place to travel, we have no poisonous snakes or dangerous animals and are populated by a small group of pretty laid back, genuinely friendly people. Hell our police don’t even carry guns! – We have nothing to worry about!
But ‘Keeping it Real’ there are few things you do need to be aware of, especially if you are planning to get out into the great outdoors. This post is dedicated to travelling safely in New Zealand, the possible problems you may encounter, some practical solutions on how to preempt the unforeseen so you can breath easy and enjoy your time in our wonderful country.