Wednesday, 22 February 2017 08:59

The Five South Island Towns you can’t live without!

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Last Sun on the Mountains, Queenstown.

 

The South Island of New Zealand is a pristine graceland floating in the ocean. It has an awe inspiring landscape, life changing treks and friendly locals.

Queenstown

Queenstown looks out onto the spectacular Lake Wakatipu, and is surrounded by The Remarkables Mountain Range which completely live up to their name. A buzzing resort town, Queenstown is nothing short of amazing. From street artists playing grand pianos on the lake, to the largest bungee jump in the Southern hemisphere, this place has something for every traveller. Spend a day or two getting to know the town, exploring the hidden restaurants and bars, eat the world famous Fergburger, but don’t forget to grab a pastry from its neighbouring bakery, equally as delicious, but with half the queue. Duck up the Skyline Gondola on a clear day, and witness the view perched atop Bob’s Peak, don’t forget to whiz around on the luge while you're there, a quick and decently priced activity to start your day.

 

Looking to escape the small town hub bub for the day? Grab yourself a ski pass and head up to The Remarkables. The huge ski slopes means relatively quiet runs, with the exception of beginner slopes, which tend to be busy throughout the season. If skiing isn’t your thing head to the town centre and sign up for the world’s largest swing, or bungee jump. Or if you're trying the avoid adrenaline activities altogether, grab a bus and go to Arrowtown, a historic town with a more relaxing atmosphere. With lots of bushwalks around the area, you are sure to find something to get up too, though if you are like me, take your favourite book, snuggle up inside near a fire and drink multiple cups of hot chocolate, watching the outside adventurers.

 

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The Road to Glenorchy, Glenorchy.

 

Glenorchy

If you’re a lover of the Lord of the Rings series, I highly recommend visiting Isengard. I mean Glenorchy. Nestled amongst snow capped mountains, this town is a photographers dream. You can explore Glenorchy on foot, head down to the wharf at sunset with a warm drink in hand and take in the view. This little town is the perfect place to wind down after the busy vibes of Queenstown. Stay at a lodge, or rent a private cottage and enjoy stunning views, wood fires and a certain mystique that only comes from staying in a place like Isengard.

 

Milford sound

If you are lucky enough to arrive at Milford Sound on a perfect day you will witness pods of dolphins playing in the mouth of the ocean, baby seals opening their eyes for the first time, mountains tipped with snow, that drip into waterfalls, ultimately the end of the rainbow. Though if you aren't this lucky, which most of us aren’t -as it is known as one of the wettest places in the world- than you will see the same scene slightly hidden by low lying clouds. This is equally as beautiful, and somehow more mystic, it’s just a little wet so make sure to pack a raincoat!

 

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A Poseur with Roots, Lake Wanaka.

 

Wanaka

Wanaka, like Queenstown is a another ski town. However, it is a better kept secret. Whilst tourist storm Queenstown’s streets creating an unbeatable atmosphere. Only families and locals seem to adventure around Wanaka’s little lake. Hire a car and get snapping. Grab a picture of the Wanaka tree sloping down into the lake, head up to the Cardrona hotel one of the oldest in the country. Go for a trek in the Mt Aspiring National Park, or take a short track around the town just to get a taste for the beautiful Wanaka. If you are still after the perfect photo make your way to the lavender farm on the outskirts of town, vast fields of purple will not disappoint.  New Zealand has very strict laws on littering and rubbish, so make sure to not leave anything behind as you adventure throughout its national parks and countryside.

 

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Majestic Mountains, Wanaka.

 

Nelson

If you feel like venturing up North tick Nelson off your bucket list. Located on the outskirts of the Abel Tasman national park, this town has so much to offer. Grab a kayak and go explore the water around the park, see the split rock, white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue water. Enjoy a fishing trip out on the big blue, or go on an adrenaline junkie cycle down through the mountains. Nelson is the perfect place to finish your trip, regardless of the season Nelson offers delicious meals, fine New Zealand wine, and plenty of adventure.

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