New Zealand’s South Island is full of amazing and beautiful landscapes. With stunning mountains and crystal blue, glacially-fed lakes, there isn’t a shortage of breathtaking scenery. While Lake Tekapo may not have the notoriety that some of the more well-known spots on the South Island have, it isn’t for a lack of beauty. On the contrary, it happens to be one of the South Island’s most beautiful landscapes.
As the second-largest of three parallel lakes located along the north side of the Mackenzie Basin, Lake Tekapo, as well as the small town by the same name, are enveloped by some of the prettiest snow-capped peaks in the Southern Alps. The waters of the lake, which are fed by glaciers that originate high within the surrounding mountain peaks, is a beautiful color of blue that is a trademark of glacially-fed bodies of water.
Peru is a beautiful and amazing country, and its capital city of Lima is no exception. This stunning coastal capital is the fifth largest city in South America and one of the continent’s most beautiful capitals. Even though Lima is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, most people aren’t aware that the city is located in a desert. In fact, Lima is the second-largest desert city in the world after Cairo, Egypt in Africa. One-third of Peru’s population lives in Lima, which also makes it one of the busiest cities in South America.
Consisting of 117 known caves, the biggest of which spans roughly 8 acres and is the largest accessible cave chamber in North America, Carlsbad Caverns is one of the most unique landscapes in the American National Parks system. In addition to being an amazing landscape, the national park is also home to some fantastic wildlife.
The most notable wildlife residents are the parks many species of bats. There are 17 species of bats found in the park and they all live within the caverns. In fact, the park was initially discovered by a young cowboy named Jim White when he saw a large group of bats leaving the caverns back in 1903.
There are a lot of amazing adventures to be had on New Zealand’s South Island. Milford Sound and the Milford Track is something that every traveler should experience, the city of Wanaka is home to quite a few of New Zealand’s most infamous hiking tracks, and the city of Queenstown is known across the globe as the “adventure capital of the world”. However, none of these adventure locations in New Zealand are quite as unique or as special as the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers on the west coast of the South Island.
There are a lot of incredibly beautiful places on New Zealand’s South Island, but few other places on the island can match the number of incredible hikes and visa viewpoints that you will find in the Wanaka area. Located on the shores of Lake Wanaka, which sits just at the foot of the stunning mountains of Mount Aspiring National Park, the city could not have been placed in a more beautiful area. This is why travelers from around the world flock to New Zealand each year to enjoy the beautiful views and amazing hikes in and around this wonderful city.
There are some amazing wine destinations around the world and the Central Otago Valley on New Zealand’s South Island is definitely one of them. It is the world’s southernmost commercial wine regions and with the Southern Alps as a backdrop, it is also one of the world’s prettiest. The region is known for its stellar Pinot noirs, but there are many white wines that are popular in the region as well.
The area surrounding the city of Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island is known for its incredible hiking tracks. After all, with two of the South Island’s prettiest lakes and the stunning Mount Aspiring National Park right at the doorstep, the landscapes in the area are beyond fantastic. When it comes to these incredible hiking tracks, the infamous Roy’s Peak Track gets most of the attention.
However, many people that visit the Wanaka area don’t realize that there is an equally incredible hike located on the north side of Wanaka as well. While it doesn’t get nearly the amount of publicity that the Roy’s Peak Track gets, the Isthmus Track delivers equally exceptional views and typically has far smaller crowds to contend with than Roy’s Peak.
Rudyard Kipling, the acclaimed writer of the jungle book and travel adventurer, once called it the Eighth Wonder of the World. That is a sentiment that is shared by almost everyone who visits Milford Sound on New Zealand’s South Island. Famous for its towering mountains that meet the ocean to form one of the most beautiful ocean sounds that you will find on this planet, Milford Sound continues to attract droves of tourists each year.
New Zealand is a destination that is full of adventure. With some of this world’s wildest landscapes, you don’t have to venture very far to find the adventure you are looking for. New Zealand has some of this world’s prettiest beaches, most magnificent mountains, and some of the world’s most beautiful lakes. Each year, people flock to New Zealand to not only take in these beautiful landscapes but to seek adventures in them.
The Milford Track may not get the press that the Inca Trail gets, but from someone who has visited both Machu Picchu and Fiordland National Park, I can assure you that both of these hikes go thru some equally stunning landscapes. Both of these landscapes involve epic mountain ranges that are bordered by rainforests. Just like the Inca Trail, the Milford Track takes you thru the mountains and rain forest and leaves you speechless at the beauty.