I had the wonderful opportunity to enjoy Lake Tekapo for two weeks and I couldn't recommend it more. In summer, there's nothing better than a refreshing splash in the lake. I was at a lodge in front of the lake, only 50 feet from Good Shepard Church, and it was unforgettable. There were tons of beautiful gardens for a walk, great fishing, and one of the world's best observatories (that on Mt. John). Even if you're not a star-watcher, make sure to visit the peak of Mt. John to enjoy some of the best sunrises and sunsets on Earth. You can't miss it!
You have to be very lucky to see this "wonder" on a sunny day, because ninety percent of the days in Milford Sound are cloudy or rainy.
Although rain gives the place a more mysterious touch, the sun gives clarity and brightness. Either way it's worth a look, because in both circumstances it looks very different.
This is the Adventure Capital of New Zealand, as it offers famous outdoor aerial activities like bungee jumping you get to by cable car, tandem free fall, hang gliding or gondola "Skyline" with great views of the bay and a good area to relax from the city of Queentown. This small town was formed during the gold rush in 1860, by Lake Wakatipu glacial in it's old Morrea today are conifer gardens and peonies and rhododendrons, offering a haven of pleasure from the recreational activities. Another option is a walk around the lake in the steamboat "TSS Earnslaw" replica of the mining era which still retains the original steam, with its wood interior and copper DecorAcción "twin engines". For all worth a visit, you will definitely be entertained in whatever you do.......
We went to Waiotapu, 25 km from Rotorua (NZ $ 23 / person, a 3 km, 2 hours). Here there is a gymkhana between demonic craters of vapors and odors emanating of sulfur and other minerals. There are bubbles because of the CO2 levels. The water reaches the center of the earth at 230 ° C and once it reaches the surface the temperature cools to 70 ° C. There are boiling mud pools and some highlights of this place is the "champagne pool" and the Lady Knox.
The most comprehensive information is at http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/Franz_Josef_Glacier. The glacier known as Franz Josef (or Ka Roimata or Hinehukatere) is 12 kilometres long, less than 300 meters above sea level and only 19 kilometres from the Tasman Sea. The Waiho River, which rises from the glacier, flows into the Tasman Sea. The glacier moves back and forth in four year cycles depending on the amount of snow in the upper snowfield. There are years that the glacier can extend 100 meters and others only 30. Its neighbour, Fox Glacier, and the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina, are the only glaciers in the world that are found in a rain forest, which gives you an idea of the variety of climates that exist in New Zealand.
At this site, you can take a spectacular walk of about 40 minutes which will take you to the edge of the sea . Here, you will enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific and the islands of the Coromandel Peninsula, descending to a beach that has a huge stone arch that connects the two parts of the beach. At high tide the passage is difficult, but at low tide you can cross without problems
Fox Glacier, much like its brother Franz Josef Glacier, is one of the few in the world that is still growing. While on the way to the glacier, there's a sign about 10km of the way down saying "in 1750 the glacier came up to here", so it used to be even bigger and more majestic than it is now. There is an hour walk to the base of the glacier and back, although they won't let you get as close now as there have been accidents and even deaths of people who want to touch the ice. There is also an hour and a half hike to a lookout from which there is a spectacular view of the glacier.
This park is a unique experience, definitely a destination that you should visit if you have the chance. There are white sandy beaches, wildlife and the sunset view is amazing. Here are some ecological reserves: http://mipagina.1001consejos.com/profiles/blogs/top-10-reservas-ecologicas (Kruger park and Xcaret are my favourites).
Wanaka is a small town 110 km from Queenstown and the lake of the same name is one of the loveliest and biggest in New Zealand. It is fed by glacial melt off and because of this its color is spectacular. It borders Mount Aspiring, the second highest mountain in New Zealand at 3027 m.
Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand and it's the fourth oldest national park in the world. This national park is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It has a mixed character, because it mixes culture, it's a sacred place to the Maori people, and its volcanic origin from Three volcanic mountains (the Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro), can be found in the center of the park. And you can climb them! The easiest one is the Tongariro, which is 2000 meters tall.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered the best day hike in New Zealand. If the weather is good, you can see views of the three active volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. A bus takes hikers from Turangi population to the beginning of the path of a 19.5 km long trail and then it picks them up on the other side.
Whakarewarewa is one of the most amazing little villages in New Zealand. Its name is derived from the language of the Maori, the aborigines of New Zealand. It is in the North Island, close the city of Rotorua and Lake Taupo. The most peculiar thing is its hot springs, which flow from the earth boiling. The smell of the village is very special, because of the waters and their geyser. When you enter the town the first thing that stands out is the vapor given off by the earth. It is very weird, because it looks as if everything is on fire, but the heat is from the land and waters. The town is decorated with Maori art and all its inhabitants are aborigines. The guides are Maori, and they explain the history of their ancestors in the town and teach you how to cook food in the hot springs (eg eggs or corn cooked in the water with a cloth). You can have a bath or watch a traditional dance from the village people.
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens in New Zealand's South Island are a relaxing and interesting option for an afternoon. These gardens were founded in 1863, with a size of 21 hectares, crossed by the river Avon, you can take a gondola. Some trees here are more than 120 years old. There are flowers and shrubs. The lush vegetation that inhabit these gardens makes this a perfect place for the habitat of dozens of species of birds typical of New Zealand. Guided tours can be arranged, although it depends on the time of year.
Christchurch is a city on New Zealand's South Island, in the province of Canterbury. It is the largest city in the South Island and the second largest in the country with a population of 400,000 inhabitants. Located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Christchurch was founded in 1850. It is 300 kilometres from the capital Wellington. When you arrive in Christchurch, you immediately notice British customs and aesthetics. It also has a small trolley, which makes it feel very European. The University of Canterbury also helps to give it that antique feel of the Old Continent. Christchurch is a good place to stop or start your visit to New Zealand because of its geographical location, including its airport, one of the largest in Oceania. I chose to travel from north to south in New Zealand. I started in Auckland on the North Island, travelled southward, and then took a ferry to the South Island, finishing my tour in Christchurch.
At over 80 kilometers long and covering a surface area of 291 km², Lake Wakatipu is the third largest lake in the area. It's an especially deep lake and reaches over 100 meters below sea level in its deepest parts. Lake Wakatipu is surrounded by amazing mountains and the landscape is one of the most beautiful you'll find in New Zealand. It's perfect for lovers of adventure travel, skydiving, bungee jumping and, of course, hiking.
This beach is found on the Coromandel Pensinsula. It is a very nice beach which stands out because it is located on a geothermal area, and coincides with the tides. People like to dig holes in the sand that become spas hot temperature water.
One of the best museums I've seen in my life, and also free entrance, with a fully interactive and multidisciplinary concept, from the science behind the volcanic origin of New Zealand, earthquake simulation included, to a selection of wildlife of land and sea, and the largest squid ever discovered. The sections include anthropological collections of Polynesian culture and migration to New Zealand. You need about 4 hours to really see the museum.
The Tranzscenic is a train route that runs along the route from the town of Greymouth on the Pacific coast and Christchurch on the Tasman Sea coast and offers some of the most beautiful views of the South Island of New Zealand. Some of the sights include: the fields of the Canterbury region, the valleys and the Waimakariri River, the Southern Alps where you can find the country's most popular glaciers (Fox and Franz Josef). It is a good way to cross the country's South Island, because it gives an overview of the different landscapes that you can find in the country, in addition to its east and west coasts. The entire trip takes 4 hours, and 225 km, passing through 16 tunnels and 5 viaducts, (Staircase is the highest at 73 meters high). The TanzScenic departs every day from Christchurch and Greymouth. It is possible to book your tickets through their website.