Beautiful. Surreal. Awe-inspiring. Those are just some of the words I’d use to describe New Zealand’s South Island. You’ll find some of country’s best landscapes and sceneries here, from Aoraki/Mt Cook, the country’s highest mountain, to Wanaka’s world famous Roys Peak, to the majestic waterfalls of Milford Sound. Mother Nature certainly overflowed this island with some of her best work. The photos below will inspire you to pack your bags and head to New Zealand’s South Island. If you have a limited time, I’ve created an ultimate one-week road trip guide to help you plan your trip.

Be sure to check out the rest of my New Zealand posts for more guides and photo diaries of stunning country. I’d also recommend checking out New Zealand’s official travel website, where you’ll find heaps (see what I did there, Kiwis?) of useful recommendations and guides.

 
 

 
 
Aoraki Mt Cook Hooker Valley Track Couple Hiking
 
 
Aoraki Mt Cook Hooker Valley Track Hut View
 
 
Aoraki Mt Cook National Park RV
 
 
Lake Hawea And Sheep Station In Foreground
 
 

 
 
Castle Hill With Moon
 
 
Fiordland Road To Milford Sound View
 
 
 
 
Milford Sound Stirling Falls Up Close
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Mt Aspiring National Park Rob Roy Glacier Walk View
 
 
Lake Matheson Reflection
 
 

 
 
Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike View Of Glacier Ice And Hikers In The Distance
 
 
Franz Josef Glacier Road To Glacier Valley Carpark At Sunrise
 
 
Franz Josef Glacier Alex Knob Track View Of Glacier And Southern Alps
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Queenstown Skyline Restaurant And The Remarkables At Sunset
 
 
 
 
Queenstown Lake Wakatipu Sunset View From Skyline
 
 

 
 
Queenstown Lake Wakatipu Colourful Sunset
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wanaka Roys Peak Sunrise View
 
 

 
 
Wanaka Roys Peak Winter View Of Mountains
 
 
Wanaka Roys Peak View From Summit
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Aoraki Mt Cook National Park Road To Hooker Valley
 
 
Southern Alps From Above View Of Top Of Fox Glacier And Mountains From Helicopter
 
 
Southern Alps From Above View From Plane Franz And Fox Glaciers View
 
 
 
 
Aoraki Mt Cook Sky Milky Way
 
 
 
 

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Wanaka Roys Peak Man And His Tent
 
 

 

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