The Beauty of the South
One of the most varied and beautiful places in the world, the South Island of New Zealand is a must-visit place, each town and city offering a unique experience, a few of my favorite are listed below.
One of my personal favorite places in New Zealand, Queenstown, is the premier four-season lake and alpine resort of the Southern Hemisphere.
Queenstown is located on the shores of Lake Wakitipu, in the South Island of New Zealand, and is home to stunning scenery. Attracting 1.9 million visitors every year, it is a place renowned for its incredible adrenaline pumping adventure activities and breathtaking outdoor terrain.
There is so much to do in Queenstown, from bungee jumping, skiing, snowboarding, spas, ecotourism, a great selection of bars and restaurants, to wine experiences, lake and river adventures, walking, hiking and biking and air adventures.
Springtime in Queenstown is the perfect time for fun and rejuvenation, with temperatures ranging between 8 and 22 degrees. Summer in Queenstown sees long leisurely days of between 20 and 30 degrees.
Autumn is a time of amazing golds and reds in Queenstown as trees turn and shed their leaves. Temperatures range between 12 and 25 degrees with days getting shorter.
Winter in Queenstown is breathtaking. Snowcapped mountains and crystal clear lakes provide opportunity for skiing, snowboarding and tubing, along with various winter events. Temperatures range between -2 and 8 degrees.
Lake Wanaka is another place famous for its natural beauty and is much loved by tourists and locals alike. Located about an hour’s drive from Queenstown, at the foot of the Southern Alps, Lake Wanaka is home to genuine hospitality, a stunning environment, independent passion and a vibrant community.
There’s plenty to see and do in Wanaka including Puzzling World, the Transport and Toy Museum, Have a Shot, Cardrona Adventure Park and BaseCamp. There are also plenty of Arts and Heritage attractions as Wanaka is home to a vibrant community of painters, sculptors, photographers, carvers and writers.
There are many breathtaking walks to be done in Wanaka and the surrounding areas including Mt Iron and Mt Aspiring National Park.
Arrowtown is a former gold mining town, which is now a popular holiday destination. Home to incredible scenery and a tranquil atmosphere this town attracts thousands of visitors from New Zealand and all over the world. It is built on the banks of the Arrow river and is home to several unique attractions including gold panning, the Lakes District’s Museum, a boutique cinema, some of the regions best wineries, golf courses, fishing and ski areas.
Arrowtown is located 20 minutes from Queenstown.