Helicopter rides over icy glaciers, hiking trails through pristine national parks, extreme adventures like jet boating in the adventure capital of Queenstown – there’s a reason New Zealand’s spectacular South Island is known as a must-visit destination for keen travellers. With diverse natural beauty and exhilarating experiences, it’s a true ‘bucket list’ destination – and with Trafalgar, you can visit them all. Here are 6 spectacular destinations to visit on New Zealand’s South Island.
Welcome to the sun-drenched wineries of Marlborough, where more than 100 cellar doors serve up world-famous Sauvignon Blanc! With Trafalgar, you can explore some of the best wineries in the region, including Hans Herzog Estate for a tasting and three-course regional dinner paired with matching wines.
Cruise across the picturesque Lake Te Anau in search of one of the most picturesque insects in the world: bioluminescent glowworms. Explore the complex cave system with a local guide, learning of the natural wonders at work here before gliding into the glowworm grotto.
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
Not only is Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park home to the tallest mountain in New Zealand, it’s also home to the longest glaciers, meaning it’s a must-visit for nature lovers. Experience the alpine scenery by boat with Trafalgar, taking a 30-minute walk through the Tasman Valley to an eerie-yet-magical lake, where you’ll hop on board to soak up the scenery while a local specialist fills you in on the history of the Tasman Glacier, lake and national park.
The striking blue waters of Shotover River in Queenstown are an unbelievable sight to behold and there’s only one way to see them: by jet boat. The Shotover Jet has exclusive access to the deep canyons and beautiful blue river. Not to mention, it’s a whole lot of fun! Settle in for an exhilarating ride, complete with 360 spins, high speeds and gravity defying stunts.
Animal lovers and photography buffs will love the chance to set sail on an oceanic voyage to discover the impressive wildlife of the Otago Peninsula. Rare New Zealand Sea Lions, New Zealand fur seals, yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins, the northern royal albatross and more – the Otago region is world-famous for its impressive wildlife, making this a must-visit destination on the South Island.
Fiordland National Park
Saving the best for last, the protected Fiordland National Park is not only one of the most stunning natural places to visit in New Zealand, it’s renowned as one of the most spectacular in the world. Part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site, the Fiordland National Park is known for monumental sights including Milford Sound, Cleddau Valley, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Make the most of your time on the South Island with a day trip through the park with Trafalgar.