TWO WEEKS IN SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand’s South Island is nothing short of spectacular and should be on every travelers bucket list of places to visit. A two week visit to New Zealand’s South Island will offer more views of unspoiled nature, historical buildings and exquisite coast lines than almost any other country.
When traveling New Zealand, these gems should not be missed.
When arriving in Christchurch be sure to set aside a good amount of time to explore what the city has to offer.
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens is a huge green space right in the city centre. With colourful flower plantations, old shady trees, ponds and greenhouses travelers can get lost in these gardens. Walk along the river Avon or one of the long gravel paths that will take you through this garden paradise.
The Cathedral Square is the heart of Christchurch with architecture dating back to the 1900’s. A visit to the Cathedral will allow visitors to learn more about the history of the cathedral as well as being able to pay your respects at the memorial of pebbles.
The Cardboard Cathedral was opened in 2013 as a temporary church after the devastating earthquakes that destroyed the city. It is one of the most unusual churches in the world and is an amazing architectural project.
About three hours from Christchurch is Lake Tekapo, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Its powdery blue skies and the Good Shepherd Church which lies on the southern side of the lake are almost magical. Inside the church the alter window frames the lake with Mt Cook in its background.
Lake Pukaki is one of the most underrated lakes on New Zealand’s South Island. Driving over the rising mountainous roads of Lake Tekapo, Pukaki seems to come out of nowhere. The colour of the lake is mesmerizing and Mt Cook in overshadowing it makes it look like something from a novel.
The Fiordland of New Zealand offers the most stunning scenery that is sure to appease almost any traveler with a camera.
The Te Anau Glow Worm Caves are located on the western shore of the lake. The cave system is home to millions of glow worms that can be viewed with a guided tour. Inside the cave, cascading waters allow travelers to spend time in the darkness with some of the most unusual creatures on earth.
Melford Sound, about two hours from Te Anua is well worth a vehicle drive. The roads take the driver past towering mountains, waterfalls that crash water to their awaiting rivers and wildlife aplenty. Small guided tours are available for those who do not want to drive themselves.