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

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Wanaka - South Island

Cardrona day pass Treble Cone day pass
$101 $106

Wanaka is like Queenstown’s relaxed brother. On the shore of the beautiful Lake Wanaka, this easygoing town is great to escape the crowds of Queenstown. However, expect it to come more alive in winter when there are two ski fields in close proximity. There’s Cardrona, which is a dream for those who love the park, and Treble Cone, the biggest ski field in the South Island. If you are going to spend a whole winter season in Wanaka, get there in autumn to set yourself up with a job before the rush. Plus, you can see the beautiful autumn colours on the trees lining the lake!