Sightseeing

The unforgettable landscape of the South Island will have you reaching for your camera.

Every corner, from Marlborough to Fiordland, has sights to take your breath away.

Time your visit to the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Punakaiki, on the West Coast, for high tide and you'll witness an amazing display of sea spray forced up through the rocks, a South Island attraction not to be missed. 

Driving from Christchurch to Akaroa, stop at the Hilltop lookout for wonderful views of Akaroa Harbour sparkling amidst the wrinkled hills of Banks Peninsula.

Stop off at the Church of the Good Shepherd in the Mackenzie Country and marvel at the sight of this little stone church surrounded by a truly awesome landscape of lake and mountains.

Aoraki Mt Cook in Mackenzie, New Zealand's highest peak at 3,754 metres, is a picture-postcard sight.  

Marvel at the incredible Moeraki Boulders in Coastal Otago.  These huge spherical boulders scattered along a sandy beach will get you wondering - and they make for great photographs!

Lanarch Castle, presiding over its hilltop setting on the Otago Peninsula in Dunedin, is a majestic sight - particularly when surrounded by swirling mist in the deepest winter months.

The blue-white ice rivers of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers on the West Coast, edging down valleys fringed with dark green temperate rainforest, seem to defy the rules of nature - these glaciers are uniquely accessible.

The iconic sight of Mitre Peak soaring above the dark waters of Milford Sound in Fiordland is truly unforgettable.  Stop at the Milford Hotel at the head of the Sound to capture perfect photograph. 

Whether you're walking the coastal track or kayaking along the shore, Abel Tasman National Park in Nelson offers an astonishing technicolour landscape of emerald forest, golden sand beaches and turquoise water.  

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