In the present day’s weblog is dropped at you by our pupil ambassador, Alyssa Tran, from the College of California, Riverside. After catching the oh so acquainted journey bug that hits each pupil after their first examine overseas, she’s right here to inform us all about her prime 7 journeys you NEED to see in any journey to New Zealand’s South Island.
New Zealand is undoubtedly probably the most stunning nation I’ve ever visited. Simply think about probably the most stunning forests you’ve ever seen in California after which multiply that by 100. Driving solely 20 minutes out of the primary cities will result in huge mountain ranges, waterfalls, and wild animals roaming across the roads. Listed here are a couple of of my favourite locations from the South Island and the wild West Coast.
1. Milford Sound
Drive via Fiordland Nationwide Park and come across the majestic Milford Sound. A two-hour cruise will take you thru the fjord and the guides will inform you all about how this got here to be. All through the tour, you get to see some wildlife and go beneath a waterfall! After we started our tour, the sky was overcast and musty, giving the Milford Sound a really mysterious and ominous vibe however by the top of our tour, the climate had cleared up so we might see the fjords in all their majesty.
2. Skyline Gondola, Queenstown
Among the finest day journeys I’ve ever done- you’ll be able to both hike up the mountain or take a scenic gondola as much as the Skyline! From there, strive your hand at luging- using down this observe utilizing gravity. If you’re wanting a extra enjoyable day, take your time strolling round and having fun with the completely different scenic viewpoints all through the world.
3. Ben Lomond Path, Queenstown
This trailhead begins on the Skyline in Queenstown. Take one of many six hikes out there on the Skyline and also you’ll rewarded with views like this! We selected a random path up and veered off for this stunning shot, which is totally unedited!
4. Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
It is a stunning detour when highway tripping down the west coast! Cruise down the one lane highway that goes via Punakaiki Nationwide Park whereas taking within the surrounding timber and mountains that tower over the highway. The Punakaiki Rocks is a small path that takes not more than 30 minutes to explore- an ideal relaxation cease to stretch your legs and benefit from the geological wonders of our world. Bonus factors if the tides are in your favor and also you get to see the blowhole as effectively!
5. Abel Tasman Nationwide Park
This stunning nationwide park has a large number of trails, starting from a couple of hours to some days. I opted to go on the 10.6 km hike and spent a full day climbing via the park. The path alternates from seashore to forests and the various landscapes give so many alternatives for scenic pictures, like this one!
6. Hokitika Gorge
The water right here is UNREAL. After driving from the closest city via some rural farm land, you get to a small automobile park. After a mere 15-minute hike, you attain this unimaginable surroundings. The gorgeous blue water will get its brilliant shade by glaciers melting and gathering minerals from the limestone because it flows into the gorge. This space actually has a revitalizing feeling and it’s the right place to spend a couple of hours simply having fun with the view and reflecting upon your self.
7. Franz Josef Glacier Hike
If you happen to’re on a finances and don’t need to go on the helicopter glacier hike (or don’t need to contribute to melting the glaciers even sooner), take a hike round Franz Josef! This fast one-hour hike has among the most superb views! As you hike up the path, you’re surrounded by mountains and valleys. The glacier has retreated and melted over time, so it might be tougher to see, however the surrounding space compensates for that. Make sure to seize a water bottle and style the glacier water!
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