#4 Queenstown South Island
You really have to visit a place where there is a range of mountains called The Remarkables! These snowcapped mountains tower over the beautiful Lake Wakatipu. It is easy to see why this is one of New Zealand’s most popular eco-tourist destinations.
There is plenty to do and see in Queenstown. For the active visitor there is a huge range of activities including hiking, skiing, zip lining, bungee jumping and mountain biking. This is still an area of unspoiled beauty, but there are plenty of excellent places to stay with lots of hotels and restaurants in the area.
#5 Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, South Island
These glaciers are some of the most easily accessible in the world. They are located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Visitors can take guided hikes to see the spectacular scenery. There are also aerial tours if you want to see the glaciers from above.
#6 Abel Tasman National Park and the Abel Tasman Coast Track, South Island
This area is a hiker’s paradise. You can take a 3-day hike along the 51 kilometer trail from Marahau to Separation Point. The scenery is simply spectacular. Visitors will experience the dramatic landscape and view huge variety of different animal and bird species. There is a good choice of accommodation for those who want to walk the complete trail. Many people also explore the area by kayak.
You can choose from a simple camp ground or indulge yourself and stay in a luxury lodge.
#7 Kaikoura, South Island
If you want to experience marine wildlife up close and personal one of your best bests is to visit Kaikoura, South Island. Here you can take tours and have an excellent chance of multiple sightings of many species of marine animals. You are likely to see whales, dolphins and seals. You can either take a boat tour, or some animals will be visible from the hiking trails as well. Another great option is to take a kayak out and go exploring.
When you have experienced the wonder of watching the wildlife there is still plenty to do in Kakikoura. There are plenty of excellent places to eat and drink. All you have to do it sit back, relax and take in the unforgettable view.