New Zealand Locations Guide

Short guides of what I liked and did not like about the many New Zealand locations that I visited. I said short guides so don't expect insider's tips and local's advices, just my honest opinion on each place that I visted in this amazing country. For thorough guides on almost every New Zealand areas, towns, national parks and much much more, go check out Backpackerguide.NZ

SI South Island

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo - South Island

Mt John Observatory Tour Hot pools
$90-140 $22

This place really feels like you are standing in a postcard! Lake Tekapo itself is a stunning milky blue colour with a backdrop of the Southern Alps. It all looks pretty good from the hot pools, situated next to Mt John. Speaking of Mt John, it’s worth taking the loop walk to the summit where you’ll find more awesome views. Great in the day, but arguably better at night! As part of the Dark Sky Reserve, Tekapo is the perfect place for Southern Hemisphere stargazing. Go to the observatory on top of Mt John to get the best views of the star constellations and the Milky Way.