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Driving through New Zealand’s south island


New Zealand’s south island is home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Hire a campervan in Christchurch and drive through some of these incredible regions.

The Alpine Pacific Triangle comprises of three incredible areas. Head to the Waipara Valley, where you’ll encounter award winning wineries. The area is best known for its rich and spicy Pinot Noirs and Rieslings. You can then expore the thermal waters along with native forests and limestone hills in Hurunui. Then there’s the waters off Kaikoura, where majestic Humpback whales and orcas are frequently spotted.

One of the most popular attractions for tourists is watching yellow-eyed penguins surf into the beach along the scenic Otago Peninsula. Also worth exploring, is Dunedin’s incredible architecture. Travel around the city and take in all the sites it has to offer. Don’t miss the country’s most photographed building, Dunedin Railway Station, which was constructed in 1906!

Queenstown and its surrounds captivate visitors from all corners of the globe. The snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes and outdoor adventure activities so often seen on postcards are all found in Queenstown. Kayak across Lake Wakatipu, go bushwalking, skiing, white water rafting and canyon-swinging – these are just a few of the adventures to be had here.

The amazing Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail takes you past glaciers, mountains, golden highlands and vineyards. Another popular attraction, which is located in the middle of the Waitaki region’s coastline, is the mysterious Moeraki Boulders. The sight of these two metre high, spherical boulders scattered across the beach at sunset is a photographer’s delight.

There’s no shortness of pristine beauty in Fiordland. The region has crystal-clear lakes, lush forests and tumbling waterfalls – each as breathtaking as the other. Cruise the glacial waters of the south island’s biggest lake, Te Anau, or around the famous Milford Sound. Take a tour to the glow-worm grotto near Lake Te Anau, where the caves are geologicall active. Wherever you go, there’s no shortage of amazing experiences in Fiordland.


Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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