12 Off The Beaten Track Places on New Zealand’s South Island

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New Zealand’s South Island is home to stunning views and adventure locations, some remote and hard to reach.

Here are 12 off-the-beaten-track places on the South Island that every adventurer should visit.

1. SPRINGFIELD

Springfield is home to a huge donut sculpture. It’s unfortunately not edible, but it sure is impressive.

springfield
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2. MOERAKI BOULDERS

These natural marvels formed over millions of years.

Moeraki
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3. MAVORA LAKES

This amazing lake is located between Lake Te Anau and Lake Wakatipu. If you’re thinking of camping, Mavora Lakes is a beautiful spot to set up.

mavora lakes
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4. KARAMEA

Located on the South Island’s West Coast, Karamea is a stunning wilderness with limestone caves and plenty of options for caving and kayaking.

karamea
                                                          colinmonteath.com / Colin Monteath

5. LAKE MANAPOURI

Admire exquisite rainforest and the beauty of 35 islands.

lake manapouri
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6. DOUBTFUL SOUND

The magnificent Doubtful Sound must be seen to be believed.  Take a cruise boat to see it at its best.

Doubtful Sound
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7. EARNSLAW BURN

This glacial waterfall featured in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, and it’s not hard to see why. It looks like something straight out of a mystical land.

Earnslaw Burn
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8. CURIO BAY

Dolphins and marine wildlife abound here, so make sure you have you camera with you.

curio bay
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9. CRUCIBLE LAKE

This ice studded lake is not easy to get to, but once you get there you’ll be glad you made the effort.

crucible lake
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10. WELCOME FLAT HOT POOLS

After a long walk, soak in these natural hot pools for a dose of complete relaxation.

welcome flats hot pools
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11. LAKE SUMNER

Lake Sumner in the Lake Sumner National Park offers spectacular views and walking trails.

sumner
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12. METHVEN

Methven is the closest town to Mt Hutt and offers crazy skiing opportunities throughout winter.

methven
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