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The Old Ghost Road Westport
#1 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
All of this makes the ride itself challenging and awe-inspiring in the vistas and nature of the backcountry around you, but all riders should come mentally and physically prepared and have enough food, clothing, a...
Don’t forget your insect repellent, the sand flies are epic, from the minute you get out of your vehicle at Lyall car park you will be greeted by a friendly family of these hungry buggers, and once you get to Moki...
Routeburn Track
#2 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
The Nature Walk track, via a suspension bridge, through the magnificent native southern beech forests is awe inspiring, well maintained and a moderately fit person will find it easy.
Spectacular scenes throughout a magnificent walk in one of NZs best parks.
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Hooker Valley Track Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
#3 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
Despite having a lot of company on the walk we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and recommend it as a great way to see the wonderful National Park scenery.
You can do it without a guide but our guide was a wealth of information about the park and the plants that we saw along the trail.
Otago Central Rail Trail Central Otago
#4 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
... where you get completely away from the stresses of everyday life, and just see the blue, blue sky, hear the soft breezes, smell pure air, and live in the moment, enjoying quiet nature carrying on around you.
Clear communications with Sandra who did a great job booking us in at some quirky but fantastic accommodations (Crows Nest in Oturehua and Ranfurly Cvan Park).
Lake Pukaki Canterbury Region
#5 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
Each view, each vista is as if it has been painted for you, but in fact it is so pure and natural unspoilt nature.
Found a couple of public car parks/viewing areas where you could view Mount Cook across the stunning blue of the lake and omg what a vista!
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Ulva Island Stewart Island
#6 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
... natural history information, including a simple guide to many of the forest bird species you might see, and information for a trail that is set up as a nature tour and highlights native trees, among other things.
A short trip by inexpensive water taxi or ferry from the small New Zealand Southlands island Stewart Island, the even tinier Ulva Island is a beautiful, sometimes mysterious national nature and native Jurassic pla...
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Marlborough Sounds Picton
#7 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
Sailing, walks, cycling, nature and opportunities to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life
There is a government park/campsite there, and a small marina where you can hire fishing boats or t to take water taxis to ake you tout to surrounding island resorts.
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Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) Te Anau
#8 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
Driving through this national park must be one of the best drives in New Zealand, stunning scenery, plenty of places to stop safely and take a photo, lots of public toilets if needed, beautiful clean rivers and at...
Absolute beauty in this natural waterfall filled park long or short walks gives you stunning views and beautiful sounds fill the air of birds and nature at tits' best The Chasm is worth a look with it's thundering...
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Hollyford Track Fiordland National Park
#9 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
... Davey Gunn – what shone through was Justin’s passion for the knowledge he was sharing with us, and I’ve come away with a renewed respect for the intricate ecosystem community that lives within this National Park.
its a place of quite and serene beauty its a must for people who love nature and want to get fit its a pretty good track mostly level the color of the rivers you cross are sensational we had a lot of rain 200mm in...
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Gem Alpaca Stud Fairlie
#10 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
You can tell that Bron loves nature & animals and she has her own alpacas and llamas at her house.
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Lake Wanaka Wanaka
#11 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
We have the most spectacular scenery, a big blue lake, mountains all around, skiing in winter, hiking for all levels of fitness, national parks, great peaks to climb, amazing rock-climbing, lovely bike trails, par...
... lake, a quiet peaceful town, a stunning backdrop, easy access to the outdoors and almost on the border of the Southern Alps and a National Park... people who visit by accident are blown away by the beauty.
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Browns Ski Shop Queenstown
#12 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
Margaret Mahy Family Playground Christchurch
#13 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
‎Congratulations to Catherine Hamilton - Principal Landscape Architect at Opus International Consultants and your team for the best ever family park New Zealand has ever seen.
Great park super interactive for children super hot on the kids feet must take jandles definitely recommend massive trout and eels at dock
Lake Wakatipu Queenstown
#14 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
the lake and teh mountains combine to a stunning nature experience, go for the gondola and view from above ore walk around the gardens on the peninsula, very relaxing
The town is very picturesque, with a lot of huge green trees and flowers, nice parks, very active shopping streets and a lot of places to eat or just to sit and relax.
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Milford Sound Te Anau
#15 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
The Nature cruise was spectacular it was everything you could hope for, Glorious views, wildlife Dolphins, Seals, Birds, water falls as well as some challenging swells in the bay (a little heart pounding).
The drive through the national park to get to Milford Sound is an adventure in its own right with beautiful glaciers, a one lane tunnel, high altitude flowers and majestic mountains.
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Abel Tasman Coast Track Abel Tasman National Park
#16 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
This park would be a biologists delight and just fantastic for all with flora galore and stunning vistas throughout!!
Excellent coastal hike, easy to do, beautiful nature and beaches.
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Roys Peak Track Wanaka
#17 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
This was a brilliant day out and a really great walk for variety in stunning scenery and mountain terrain that takes you to the heart of Mt Aspiring National Park.
Even the drive INTO the national park was great - saw about 7 para gliders coming off a huge cliff face - and beautiful waterfalls and the river along the way.
Ben Lomond Track Queenstown
#18 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
It is worth the effort as y are rewarded with 360 degree views of the Remarkables and Mt Aspiring National Park.
We started our walk early from Lomond Crescent where the mountain bike park was and took the service road up until it joined up with the tiki trail past the forest area.
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Wharariki Beach Walking Track Puponga
#19 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
Once you get to the end of the gravel road and park your car, you walk through a sheep pasture, through a small forested area, over a gigantic sand dune... but you are rewarded with an incredible view!
It is a 20 minute walk from the car park, through farmland to get to Wharariki Beach and so worth it!
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Milford Track Fiordland National Park
#20 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
Lunch and Dinner each night were delightful as we met like minded people from all around the world who just love nature.
Depending on your passion, this walk transports you either to Jurassic Park or Middle Earth.
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Doubtful Sound Te Anau
#21 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
Cruise ship departs Sydney sails to Port Arthur & Hobart Dock in Tasmania; sails Past Scenic Passages of Sounds- Fiordland National Park Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound & Dusky Sound- Awesome Sounds; boat tour on da...
... and energetic, and Carol's commentary was illuminating and fascinating.september is cold, rainy, and foggy, but wonderfully atmospheric and in keeping with the primeval nature of this spectacular wilderness.
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway Kaikoura
#22 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
Very enjoyable seeing these animals in there natural habitate Able to walk around comfortably, parking a bit of a issue but a bit of patience enables all to park..
Beautiful walk in a stunning part of New Zealand, I'd rate kaikoura as one of my favourite places in the country, a must see and do for all nature lovers.
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Otago Peninsula Dunedin
#23 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
Whether you're a nature, history, art, food, cycling, walking or farm lover, there's plenty here to amaze and delight you.
... nearby nature reserve, enjoyed a scruptious luncheon freshly prepared by Lyndon's wife in a beautiful park setting, examined Maori carvings and learned what they represent from James with his firsthand knowled...
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Orokonui Ecosanctuary Dunedin
#24 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
A good place for children to learn about nature and how we impact and protect it, great for walks through replanted native bush and an opportunity for birders to see a few local specialties.
Excellent Nature Reserve is well maintained
The Giant's House Akaroa
#25 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
... and all of us enjoyed it immensely The house itself you can’t go inside (unless you stay there, it’s actually a B&B) but the garden is filled with mosaic art (similar style to Gaudis Park Guell in Barcelona).
There's a reason this place is top of the things to do in Akaroa list, even ahead of all those amazing nature cruises and opportunities.
Queens Park Invercargill
#26 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
Wonderful views, animals, birds, greenery, easy walking, the duckies are lovely, the playground is great for the kids, the cafe is good for mums and coffees, such a safe fun big park for exercise and wellbeing.
I love Queens park because we can walk our dogs there and they love it the roses when out are magnificent, the grounds are beautifully kept the cafe is great and they do lovely meals and also our dogs are welcome...
West Coast Wilderness Trail Hokitika
#27 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
There is a car park in the middle of Kamara you can leave your vehicle in, it's also a freedom camp site.
bike, beauty, nature.
Oparara Basin Karamea
#28 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
We hired a car for $75 per day from Karamea Transport and drove ourselves (takes 45 mins each way), then met our guide from the Oparara Kahurangi National Park Guided Tours for the underground tour - highly recomm...
For a plant lover the eerie nature of the moist rainforest is quite magical in the rain.
Christchurch Botanic Gardens Christchurch
#29 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
Fabulous walks, fabulous displays of nature maintained by obviously dedicated gardeners, easy to find, easy to park, great cafe in side the grounds or take a picnic, a lovely little train that can take you around...
It is a very large and beautifully laid out park with water features, bridges, pathways, lovely gift shop and cafe with indoor and outdoor seating, rose garden, and hot house with a marvelous array of blooming pla...
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Queenstown Hill Queenstown
#30 of 580 Nature & Parks in South Island
Definitely do this if you enjoy walks, nature and amazing views!
You can either walk from downtown - a good uphill walk - or if you can park your car , if I remember well on Belfast street and just follow the sign.
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