Tuesday, February 7, 2017

5 Wonderful place on the South Island of New Zealand

5 Wonderful place on the South Island of New Zealand 

5. Dunedin and the Otago peninsula

It may be my biased opinion that Dunedin  gives the list of the albums five places to visit since I was once a scarfie me (slang for a student at the University). Nevertheless, there are tons of reasons to visit this city during your trip to the South Island. The name of the town itself is rich in his Scottish heritage, including the roots of the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh, Dun Eideann. You can admire historical and futuristic architecture sites close to each other. Visit the old railway station or the register of the University of Otago building, which inhibit the true Victorian architecture. From there, stroll on Forsyth Barr Stadium, the first stadium entirely closed to the world growing real grass. If all goes well, the All Blacks play as well during the visit, he made the stadium just more exciting to see.

The Otago Peninsula coastline
The coast of the Otago peninsula

Some other things to do around the city are lost in the botanical gardens, hike to the top of Signal Hill or MT. Cargill for an unobstructed view of the peninsula, try to trace it back to the street Baldwin, guided tour of the brewery Speight or go to the Octagon for a bite to eat.

If you're like me and love, out of the city to discover the great outdoors, Dunedin is the perfect place to go. The Otago peninsula forms the eastern part of the city where you can spend the day on one of its many beaches, see a part of the fauna, the best New Zealand, or just go along and enjoy the twists and turns of the coast road. Sandfly Bay is my favorite Beach to visit the peninsula because there are to frolick autour sand dunes and the beach is almost always full of penguins, playing in the waves and sea lions.

4. Queenstown

This city is known to many as the Adventure capital of the southern hemisphere, which could not be a more precise reputation. Every season brings a different adventure sports if it's skiing at some of the drops highest vertical in the country during the winter or off the jump Nevis Bungy dominant during the summer in free fall.
the nomads in the City Hostel is an affordable place to stay. The rooms are spotlessly clean and they have tons of activities throughout the week. For lovers of adventure, the Nevis is a great experience of bungee jumping because it hangs from a bucket suspended by wire 134 metres above the ground. Maybe you want to elastic but not ready for these great heights, in this case, head to the Kawarau bungee bridge. This was the first commercially operated site bungee jumping, developed by AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch in 1988. It's one I decided to do and what I can offer are tips on how not to get rid of this bridge. Let's just say that jump feet first to let your body like a human Slingshot feeling, so be sure to give it your all and go for a first dive graceful, head.

The view from the summit of Bob's Peak, Queenstown, with The Remarkables mountain range in the background.

The view from the top of the Bob peak, Queenstown, with The remarkable string of mountains in the background.
take the Gondola Skyline High Peak of Bob and ride the luge, mountain biking or simply enjoy the view at the top. Honestly, just take it up to see that the view was worth worth in my books. The carrycot can be expensive, so if you are keen on hiking, then I definitely suggest this instead. Look for signs with the inscription "Tiki Trail", near the base of the gondola and follow all the way up. It makes the view even better after working so hard get to the top.

Once you're back down, head to the Fergburger for dinner. These burgers are bigger than the head of most of the people; so, you'll want to make sure that you are working on appetite beforehand. For dessert, which probably will not happen until you get out of your food coma a few hours later, the top of Patagonia chocolates. I swear to you that they have the best ice cream in the whole of the island.

3. Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki
Lake Pukaki

The Lake is quite remarkable. Imagine the water plus you have ever seen and multiply that by ten. By far, it seems that if someone has splashed turquoise paint to the foot of the mountains. The Lake has this majestic color is because it is fed by the glaciers in the Mount Cook National Park.
there are tons of places where to camp around the area. Right next to Hayman Road is a region called the pines where you can set up camp and wake up with an amazing view on the water. Lake Tekapo is very close to who also has tons of camping spots. Be careful about where you set up your tent at the campsite everywhere in New Zealand. Freedom camping is frowned upon in most regions, as much of the land is private property.

2. Intact Fiordland coast

I had the chance to participate in hiking the forgotten coast on the sides of the South-West of the South Island. This area is one of the most remote areas of the country, there are no public roads that can take you there. The only way to access this part of the coast is by foot, helicopter or boat. I took a helicopter from Queenstown and was introduced on the rugged and rocky shore near the mouth of the Cascade River. However, before getting fired off the Coast aboard the water, our done helicopter pilot a pit stop at the top of the glacial Aspiring Mt and we allowed to explore the views of nine thousand feet above the sea level.

Atop Mt. Aspiring glacier.
At the top of the glacier of Mount Aspiring.
One of the many penguins we encountered on our adventure.
One of the many penguins we met in our adventure.

We boulder-staggered along the coast known for being rich in marine life, canyons and coastal reefs for miles. We saw many penguins, seals, dolphins and sharks even during the coastal part. After 10 kilometers, has been launched in the lush vegetation and followed a promontory on Sandrock Bluff trail, which spat us at the distance of Spoon River. While hiking on the headland, we met Robert "Sprouted beans" for a long time, the only resident of this part of the country who lives with his family in a cabin at the edge of the Gorge. You can imagine the shock when we heard traces that lie ahead after being told by our guide that we were the only three people on this track in particular.

A fully in tact baby seal skull I found within minutes of beginning the trek near the Cascade River.

This track lights for another three days takes you along the coast to the Bay of Jackson with different beautiful campsites along the way. One thing that is crucial to bring if you plan on hiking and camping in this area is a complete bug of the net body. Sandflies in this area are out of control. There are hundreds of thousands, that feels, and their stings itch more than any bite bug that I never got. Be absolutely sure to pack a net.

This is a very expensive business if you do it with the added helicopter tour. It is a unique no doubt, but not ideal experience for limited budgets. If you want to see this part of the coast and to explore the most remote part of the island, I suggest to start hiking in the Bay of Jackson and work your way down the coast. It adds a lot of extra mileage, but it is a backpackers dream, if you are ready to engage in the long term. You can even hike to Milford Sound, which is in my opinion, the most beautiful place on the whole of the South Island.

1. Milford Sound

On the dock at Milford Sound waiting to embark on the scenic cruise.

The first thing that made me fall in love with Milford Sound was silent. This is the only place that I visited that I really felt that there no one around to disrupt peace everything outside on the water. The funny thing is, that you are on a boat with a hundred other people, but he still managed to be one of the most peaceful hours of my life. The ship is huge and there are places where you can simply supported against the railing and hear nothing but the gentle undulations made by the boat that he glides through the water like a mirror. The silence won't last forever, however. The Commandert edge brings you up just under a massive waterfall where you can stick a drink outside to catch a part of the fresh water that you will never drink. Don't forget to wear a waterproof jacket and keep your cameras inside this part.

The reader in the Milford Sound is the second reason that I rate the number one spot in the South Island. You'll find yourself driving through the thick vegetation where the only things that you can see through the windows are the early road and lush green setting any other angle you want to look at as well as. All of a sudden, it opens on a massive Valley surrounded by jagged mountains on both sides. I couldn't believe my eyes the first time I did the drive. I had to stop my car, get out and just run through the fields that I had never felt so moved by nature in my life.

there is only one place to stay in Milford Sound, if you are not camping, and this is the Milford Sound Lodge. You can rent a bed in one of the dorms or you can book a castle on the mountain side. I did both and of course recommend the Castle, but the dorms are perfectly good (and clean) as well. The staff he is beyond the friendly and very well-versed in activities around Milford. Don't forget to supply of gas and power in Te Anau, because there are no gas stations to Milford and restaurants (there are only 2) are very expensive.