For southern hemisphere snow enthusiasts, the city of Queenstown is the place to be during ski season at the bottom of the world. Not only is Queenstown a pulsing epicenter of international, adventurous youth, but it is ideally situated near four resorts with some of the best skiing in New Zealand. Add to the mix the richly-blue lakes which seem to reflect the color of the sky, as well as the dramatic peaks of the Southern Alps with their jagged ridges and spires, and Queenstown becomes an alpine playground that is as scenic as it is an adventure.
Most travelers visit the west coast of New Zealand to fly over or go walking on glaciers. While there is no doubting the surreal experience of trekking on ice above a rainforest, the west coast of the South Island still has many adventures which have nothing to do with glaciers at all. One of those places is Okarito Lagoon, a coastal hamlet about 25 minutes north of the town of Franz Josef Glacier. For travelers who are basing themselves on the wild west coast, taking a day trip to Okarito is a way to experience a part of the South Island that the majority of visitors will usually pass right by.
Everything about Kaikoura revolves around the sea. Even the name, “Kaikoura,” literally translates to “meal of crayfish” in the native Maori tongue, and all of the activities here — from surfing and scuba diving to swimming with dolphins — involve the blue Pacific Ocean that sits on the town’s front doorstep. Of all the town’s activities, […]
Don’t get us wrong, there is never a bad time to experience the theater that nature has so eloquently built; it’s simply that certain months of the year are busier in Milford than others. Given the difference, visiting Milford Sound in winter can be an attractive alternative for travelers who shy away from crowds. Travelers who would prefer to trade the convenience of temperature for the much longed after serenity of silence. Yes, visiting Milford Sound in winter can be a bit more difficult than simply taking a Milford Sound day trip from Queenstown, but it’s a time of the year when the rugged nature of Fiordland is on its most brilliant and enchanting display.
Calling the city of Queenstown “scenic” is like referring to New Zealand as “pretty.” There are no superlatives, and few words, which can accurately portray the natural beauty you will find when you travel to Queenstown. Maybe it’s the way that city itself sort of wraps its way along the shoreline, or the way in which The Remarkables thrust their way up from Lake Wakatipu. It’s easy to see why the Queenstown shoreline is one of the most oft-photographed in New Zealand, and if you’re an aspiring photographer, avid hiker, or simply enjoy great views, the following is a starter guide for helping out on where to get the best views of Queenstown.
Kaikoura is considered among the best places in New Zealand to swim with dolphins in the wild, specifically the dusky dolphins. Dusky dolphins can be found swimming in the waters of Kaikoura year round and are known to be the most acrobatic of dolphin species, so to say I was excited is a massive understatement.