New Zealand’s natural, breathtaking scenery sets the mood for adventure. The magnificent Southern Mountains rise majestically from the ground to their snow-capped peaks reaching towards the sky. Adventure sports, stunning lakes, wonderful hospitality, and a seemingly endless list of must-see locations all add to the attraction of New Zealand’s magnificent South Island. Read on to know more!
You can’t go to the birthplace of bungee jumping without trying it! The first commercial bungee jumping was started by AJ Hackett at Kawarau Bridge Bungy, just outside of Queenstown. That’s why bungee jumping is on New Zealand’s South Island’s list of must-do activities. While you can still jump from the same spot, there are two more bungee jumping options in the area: The Ledge Bungee and The Nevis Bungee, New Zealand’s highest! If you’re not quite ready to jump, the latter two locations have a swing that will still get your heart racing!
The image of a pastel blue-colored lake and colorful fields of purple lupins probably comes to mind when you think of New Zealand. That’s Lake Tekapo, a small lakeside town on New Zealand’s South Island with the same-named lake. It’s one of the best places to visit on the South Island. Lake Tekapo is probably one of New Zealand’s most colorful lakes. You can spend a whole day enjoying Lake Tekapo’s beauty and taking a walk along the Lake Tekapo Walkway, which takes you along the lake and allows you to see the scale of Lake Tekapo and the mountain ranges that surround it. Because of how evident the sky gets here during the summer, you can also go stargazing and take some nice photos of the Milky Way at night at the Church of the Good Shepherd.