Soothe the soul in world-class thermal pools nestled in a tranquil alpine, high-country spa village flanked by towering mountains.
Visit this iconic church set above the shoreline and stunning views of Lake Tekapo, built in 1935 from local, unchipped rocks found in the area, as a memorial to the pioneers and hardy souls of the Aoraki Mount Cook Mackenzie region.
Take an easy drive south-east of Christchurch and discover the charming township of Akaroa on ancient, volcanic Banks Peninusla, where sheltered harbour, French heritage, colonial architecture and a passion for fine food fuse perfectly together.
See the rare but spectacular Aurora Australis from the only dark sky reserve in the southern hemisphere, the 4300-square kilometre UNESCO Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, which includes Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and the villages of Lake Tekapo, Twizel and Mount Cook.
Explore stunning snowy mountainscapes, turquoise glacier-fed lakes and the snow tussock grassland of the alpine valley floor where access to breathtaking landscapes and the Kiwi spirit of adventure is endless.
This isn’t a couple of cute billboard-type pieces put up in obvious places. This is a thing. There is even a map which shows where the major outdoor artworks in this city are located.
The Grand Traverse is a spectacular scenic flight that explores the Aoraki Mt Cook and Westland Tai Poutini national park, covering about 200km of unforgettable scenery.
Feast on one breath-taking view after another as you travel from Christchurch to Greymouth on one of the greatest rail journeys in the world, drinking in rolling farmland, snow-capped mountains, deep gorges, serene, ice-fed rivers and lush rainforests, all from the comfort of your seat.