A Few Places to See in Southern New Zealand

Destinations

Many of us have heard about the wondrous landscapes and natural beauty of New Zealand–but would you actually know where to go if you went? If you’re clueless, here are a few stops that might be worth making.

Lake Tekapo

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West of Christchurch are a series of parallel lakes formed where glaciers used to be. Lake Tekapo is perhaps the most beautiful, with the legendary Mt. Cook just nearby. The town at the southeastern end of the lake is tiny–but the residents love tourists.

Roy’s Peak

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The view at the top of this 5,000+ foot peak is well worth the hike up. But I’d be lying if I said the views at the bottom weren’t nearly as piercingly beautiful. The higher you go, the more of Lake Wanaka you get to see.

Milford Sound

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This fjord, as you can see, is breathtaking. The silent rocky walls, covered in a thin layer of life, rise up on both sides. It lies directly west of Lake Wanaka, and is well worth the visit if you’re anywhere near Mount Aspiring National Park.

It’s also worth mentioning that New Zealand, like their southern neighbor Australia, is fairly devoid of COVID-19.

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