The Road Less Travelled: Best Kept Secrets in New Zealand’s South Island

[1] - Article coverNew Zealand itself is one of the best kept secrets of the world. It is home to stunning landscapes and magnificent coastlines — the perfect tourist destination for both the adventurous and the leisure vacationist.

Should you decide to visit the wonderful archipelago of New Zealand, we recommend including The Bay of Islands, Milford Sound and Rotorua on your where-to-go list. On the other hand, if you’re in for an adventure, how about a quick stop in Queenstown? There’s so much to see and explore in New Zealand, however, we’ve just scratched the tip of the iceberg with these locations.

As always, there’s something more than what a country can offer; there are still some location left to be discovered in New Zealand itself! These preserved beauties should be your next travel destination — here’s a list of the five thrilling travel locations in New Zealand that is worthy of every cent and every second you will ever spend!

Hokitika: The Cool Little Town

[2] - HokitikaWith over 3100 inhabitants, massive waves of tourists lurk around this beach town. Take the time to explore the legendary tales about the gold miners, the precious pounamu of the Maori and historical shipwrecks while discovering the natural miracles of Hokitika.

Relax as you stroll down the only beachside town center of the West Coast as you enjoy their local delicacies and good coffee. Aside from the beach and the Pounamu Trails, you can do more day trips to Punakiki, the Franz Josef Glaciers, and the Fox — just the perfect blend of adventure and leisure.

Wanaka: For the Outdoorsy Tourist

[3] - WanakaFor the outdoor enthusiasts, Wanaka is the place to-be when you’re in New Zealand. Enjoy its year-round outdoor activities of water sports, skiing, and climbing. Whether you prefer sliding through ice or rowing on water, you’re in for a wild treat in Wanaka!

There are various activities that fit anyone’s budget when in Wanaka. If you’re looking for a less commercialized destination in New Zealand, include Wanaka in your itinerary.

Queenstown: Adventure Capital of the World

[4] - QueenstownThis the most favored New Zealand destination for visitors; aside from Maori’s marvelous culture and tradition, this is the adventure capital of the world. Adrenaline junkies from all around the globe travel to Queenstown to experience its one-of-a-kind adventure brought by its unique landscape.

You might be able to cross out a lot of things in your bucket list when you visit New Zealand: bungy jumping, canyon swinging, extreme jet boating, paragliding, skydiving, white-water rafting, and world-class trekking — these are just some of the activities you get to enjoy in the “Bucket List Capital of the World.”

Milford Sound: The Most Spectacular Nature Attraction

[5] - Milford SoundAlso known as Piopiotahi, this is one of the most majestic places that represent New Zealand as it brings almost half to a million visitors to NZ.

Aside from the adventure it has to offer, Piopiotahi brings you closer to nature — perhaps the closest you can ever get with its rainforests, waterfalls, and Mitre Peak. In Milford Sound, boat tours are a common way to explore. This is the only tourist destination in New Zealand that offers a diverse marine life — you can view one of the rarest marine life and the rare black coral. This is the pristine side of New Zealand; and most probably nature’s best creation.

If you want to disconnect and revel in nature’s splendid wonders, going to Milford Sound is a sound decision to make.

Aoraki: New Zealand’s Skyscraper

[6] - AorakiTired of buildings towering over you? Bask in the glory of Aoraki or commonly known as Mt. Cook. Known as the highest mountain in New Zealand, this is the backpacker’s ultimate trekking dream! Relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Hooker Valley. Hike inside New Zealand’s longest glacier, the Tasman Glacier. You can take short walks or trek the national park at your leisure. Enjoy glacier kayaking and boating, but don’t forget to explore Aoraki’s history and culture as well — according to Maori legend, Aoraki and his three brothers were the sons of Rakinui, the Sky Father. While on a sea voyage, their canoe overturned on a reef. When the brothers climbed on top of their canoe, the freezing south wind turned them to stone.

Fill the void of your wanderlust and don’t hesitate to plan a trip to these hidden sanctuaries down under. From generation to generation, these marvelous landscapes and scenery will be one of the best adventures and experiences to live by.

About the Author

Geraldine Mills works as an Outreach Community Specialist for Photography Institute, a leading photography school that offers photography courses online using the advanced and comprehensive online learning techniques. When she’s not working, she’s at home sipping the best local wine while reading travel itineraries for more adventures.

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