5 Treasures of New Zealand’s South Island
Tourists often claim to have travelled the South Island after having spent a few days in the adventure capital Queenstown, according to Perzen Patel, who has travelled New Zealand extensively. She has collected her top five South Island treasures in an article for Huffington Post.
- Abel Tasman National Park: Abel Tasman’s four-hour Swing Bridge, Bush & Beach Walk is a treasure for all nature lovers and makes you feel like you are on a deserted island according to Patel.
- Kaikoura: Kaikoura is the place to go to if you want to see whales. For panoramic views of the Kaikoura peninsula head to Mt Fyffe track.
- Wanaka: Rather than heading to Queenstown, most locals prefer spending time in Wanaka with Lake Wanaka’s serene waters. The popular ski fields Cardrona and Treble Cone also are close.
- Blue Ocean Pools: These beautiful pools are only a short 15 min walk from the main road on Highway 6 between Wanaka and Haast Pass and are one of the true hidden highlights of the South Island according to Patel.
- Punakaiki: The small town of Punakaiki is home to the blow-holes and famous Pancake Rocks and is the perfect base to explore the rougher-tougher West Coast.
Article Source: Huffington Post, Perzen Patel, December 7, 2015.
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