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Why you need to visit New Zealand's South Island

Here in New Zealand, we are currently in the depths of Winter. The frosty mornings, the snow-capped peaks and the dark nights, it's these factors and much, much more that turn New Zealand into a place of Winter wonder. Most trade their hiking boots for skis and snowboards at this time of year but there are many adventures by foot still to be had. Likewise in summer, the South provides endless opportunities for outdoor exploits, you'll be certainly spoilt for choice.

New Zealand's south island plays host to some of the most sublime landscapes you'll be lucky enough to cast your eye over. The mountains and rivers combine, creating scenes of inspiration and jaw-dropping beauty.

In the time i've been lucky enough to spend there, there are a few spots I have in mind which you should definitely consider exploring if you plan on venturing around the South Island whether it be summer or winter.

Let me show you some of my favourite spots I have visited so far....

Lake Wanaka

A place of inexplicable beauty, Lake Wanaka is situated in the Otago region bordering Mt Aspiring National Park. It's shores are ever-changing with the seasons with the great lake always providing scale with its backdrop of looming peaks. No South Island road trip is ever complete without a trip to Wanaka!

Queenstown

The hub of New Zealand's winter. Situated beside the Southern Alps along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, it is no surprise as to why Queenstown is a tourist favourite. Scenes of grandeur wherever you cast your eye, a buzz of excitement for all things outdoors envelopes the town and you can't help but feel a part of it.