With dozens of hair raising and heart-pounding activities and a strategic South Island location, visiting Queenstown can be overwhelming in terms of choosing what to do. Want to go rafting on the Kawarau River? What about a day trip to Milford Sound? Or how about wine tasting in Central Otago? While all of these adventures […]
Hiking on a glacier usually sounds like an activity which is reserved for trained mountaineers. Maybe someone who’s best friend is a sherpa, or has a couple of digits which have been clipped at the knuckle due to an extended bout of frostbite. On the West Coast of New Zealand, however, average travelers with a moderate degree of fitness have the chance to go trekking on a moving river of ice—and still be back home for dinner.
When most people think of glow worms and New Zealand, Waitomo Caves is the famous name which is instantly tossed around and suggested. While the glow worm tours of Waitomo Caves are a highlight of visiting the North Island, there are still opportunities for visitors to the South Island to experience the illuminated wonders.
If New Zealand has become famous for anything over the last decade, undoubtedly it’s because of the mega-movie franchise, the “Lord of the Rings.” Synonymous with Middle Earth, every year millions of people flock to this remote region of the globe to experience this other world for themselves.
While there is no doubting the urban nature of the South Island’s largest city, there are a sweat-inducing amount of outdoor activities that make Christchurch a destination unto itself. If you find yourself based in Christchurch for a few days and are itching to get outdoors, the following is a sample of some of the best Christchurch outdoor activities.
Glacier trekking and helicopter tours are two of the most popular activities on the West Coast of the South Island, but there are also things to do in glacier country that don’t involve glaciers at all. Lest you think that the glacier townships only have a single reason for visiting, here are activities in Franz Josef and Fox Glacier for when you need a break from the ice.