Have you decided to visit South Island to spend an unforgettable time there? Let me tell you that you have made an amazing decision. In South Island, you can find any kind of activities you like – Skydiving, Bungy jumping and other memorable experiences. But besides these activities, there are more incredible options you should know and consider.
So here are top 5 off the beaten tracking activities to do in New Zealand’s South Island.
1. Looking for Sea lions in Stewart Island
Stewart Island is considered a wildlife paradise of New Zealand. Although it is not technically on the South Island, but it is surely South. The island is a perfect place for the one who searches for a kiwi bird, as there are a vast number of kiwi birds here. You will not find many entertainment places, hotels or cafes here, as it is a mainly nature based area with only one store and a hotel. If you have reached here, you should definitely walk though the bush and beaches. And if you are lucky, then you can see some sea lions there. But do not go too close to them, as they are dangerous and can bite.
2. Sailing in Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman National Park is very popular among tourists, but being a bit far from the island, not all travelers determine to travel there. But once a tourist decides to head to this place, he will never get disappointed. It is a land of sandy beaches, magnificent nature and blue waters.
You can stay at amazing hostels or to get most out of your travelling, you can just camp on the edge of the park. Water is very clean here due to the fact that it is a National Park, so you can hire a boat and have great time. You can also find a piece of history here, as it was the first place Abel Tasman came in 1600s bringing Europeans with him.
3. Star Gazing in Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo is amazingly a beautiful lake which is known for its green landscapes. The color of the water is clear blue, which is explained by that fact that the lake was formed by the water of glaciers. Lake Tekapo is known for its Church of the Good Shepherd, picturesque church loved by many tourists.
For some romantic experience, you can stay at Lake Tekapo at night and gaze at the starts, admire them and just dream. To find some constellations, you can also go to the Mount John observatory.
4. Milford Sound
Milford Sound is located on the west coast of South Island. It is a must-visit place for every tourist for it is really incredible with its mystical sounds. This is a wilderness of forests, lakes, mountains which makes this place as one of New Zealand’s best hiking trails.
5. Relaxing in Hanmer Springs
Hanmer Springs is a tiny town not far from Christchurch. It is located inside the mountains and it is mostly famous for its hot springs. If you are a hot pool fan, then you will rate this attraction as an excellent one. Paying only $14 for the entry, you get access to a number of hot pools of various temperatures and a possibility of gazing at the Southern Alps. It is better to visit the place in winter, as the weather is cold and you can relax in hot water.