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The South Island of New Zealand is home to natural wonders that lurk around every corner, waiting to surprise, shock, and awe. No nation holds within its borders such a wealth of scenic splendor, from mighty mountain ranges to pristine lakes. And yet for visitors, the jewel in New Zealand’s crown tends to be the warm and welcoming Kiwis who call it home.
Sound the whistle, it’s adult recess time. The ultimate grown-up playground, every mountain in New Zealand is meant for climbing, each glacier designed for hiking, and the surrounding South Pacific is ready-made for all sorts of water sports.
As beautiful as the craggy, undulating coastline may be, Punakaiki blows them all out of the water - literally - thanks to a maze of blowholes that spew seawater in powerful gusts through caverns in the unusual "pancake rocks."
When it comes to the South Island, rest assured: a powder-covered mountain is never far away. Ski or snowboard some of the world's most stunning - and least-populated - mountain terrain.
No visit to the epic Franz Josef Glacier is complete with just a gasp of fascination and a sloppily shot photo. In true New Zealand style, amp up the adventure with a glacial hike across glistening sheets of ice.
With over 200 adventure activities ranging from paragliding to fly fishing, even certified adrenaline junkies will breach the limits of their outdoor addiction during a visit to Queenstown.
I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of the south island.
This trip is inspired by ZOZI Guru Travis Rice. From renowned adventurers to celebrity chefs, the ZOZI Guru team consists of some of the world’s most accomplished professionals.
Travis Rice clearly loves what he does - so would you if "professional snowboarder" were your job title. Whether he's making huge jumps, setting the new standard for action sports films, designing his next outerwear collection, or architecting a new snowboarding competition, Travis's passion and commitment are unmatched.
Day 1: Christchurch
A launchpad for South Island adventure, Christchurch will get your heart racing. Best the nearby alps, cruise the coastline, or keep it simple and savor the Garden City's scenery.
Day 2: Punakaiki
Venture to the Island's wild western edge for untamed adventure options such as cave tours and astronomy excursions. Search out Punakaiki's rocky shoreline, watching for dolphins and fur seals.
Days 3-4: Franz Josef Glacier
Spanning 12 kilometers from rainforest to sea, the Franz Josef Glacier is dotted with frozen ice falls and enigmatic ice caves that tempt the un-tested to become avid spelunkers.
Days 5-9: Queenstown
The famed adrenaline capital of the world, anything goes in Queenstown. Bungee jump, sky dive, jet boat, or plunge into the ultimate rush on a canyon swing - all of it framed by sea-to-city vistas.
Day 10: Mt. Cook
As the tallest mountain in New Zealand, Mt. Cook sets the standard for alpine beauty. Lofty peaks and aquamarine glaciers set the scene for an epic day of guided alp adventure.
Day 11: Christchurch
Get lost in neighboring Canterbury Plains' 50 shades of green. An open road weaving through endless miles of patchwork fields makes for the perfect lazy outing in a pastoral paradise.