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Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers: monuments to nature’s power and beauty

Experience two of the 140 glaciers that flow from the Southern Alps in this dynamic environment where huge tongues of ice cut through valleys and make for a spectacular sight in the form of the Fox Glacier/Te Moeka o Tuawe and Franz Josef Glacier/Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere.

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Pancake rocks and blowholes: 30 million years in the making

Park up on the main highway at Punakaiki and enjoy an easy 20-minute walk into an ancient world of pancake-shaped rock formations 30 million years in the making, along with mighty blowholes and terrific surge pool. 

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The Lake Matheson walk: a photographer's dream

Drive five kilometres west of Fox Glacier township and say hallo to Lake Matheson, a photographer’s dream nestled in ancient forest, best viewed at sunrise and sunset when still waters reflect a near-perfect image of snow-capped Aoraki Mount Cook .

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Okarito Lagoon: wonderful wetland wilderness

Explore the lagoon and river channels by kayak and journey through this divine wetland wilderness into the heart of the rainforest.

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The Denniston experience: a real ghost-town experience

Tear yourself away from the spectacular views along The Great Coast Road and take a detour back in time to Denniston, a near-deserted mining town on a bleak, windswept 600-metre plateau, once home to the richest coal-mining seams and the infamous 45-degree Denniston incline.

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State Highway 6: roadtripping at its best

Drive the length of the South Island, skirting the West Coast and traversing through the Southern Alps, and experience bountiful roadtripping at its very best.

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Oparara Basin: limestone caves with cathedral-like passages and magnificent, magical arches

Discover pristine rainforest, limestone caves with cathedral-like passages and magnificent, magical arches on guided walks through this treasure-chest nook of the Kahurangi National Park.

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The Grand Traverse: stunning, jaw-dropping, spellbinding, and the rest . . .

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.

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Buller Gorge: swing into action in the deep, meandering canyon

Stop off on State Highway 6 and swing into action in the deep, meandering canyon below where you can zipline your way across the gorge, raft white water rapids, jump on a jet boat or experience our longest swingbridge spanning the mighty Buller River.

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TranzAlpine: the rail journey considered one of the best in the world

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.