Named after one of the highest peaks in New Zealand, this South Island national park is a dreamy landscape of sky-scraping jagged peaks, crystal clear alpine lakes and centuries-old glaciers. It’s where the Maori once trekked, on their way to the pounamu fields on the West Coast.
This park attracts hikers from all over the world, thanks to its famous trails such as the Caples and the Routeburn. However, it’s not just for serious, multi-day hikers. There are numerous shorter routes perfect for a day or half-day adventure.
Plus, there are also many other exciting ways to explore the park, such as on a boat trip or via helicopter. This park can be accessed via Wanaka, Queenstown or the West Coast and no matter which way you approach, it will take your breath away.