Scenery is probably what New Zealand is best known for around the world, with sensational views seemingly around every corner. The South Island is especially known for its beauty, and is where the most spectacular mountain climbing is located. The numerous lakes provide a marvelous backdrop to the mountains, and the sheer size of some of the valleys and canyons will have you constantly reaching for your camera.
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Best time to visit
October-May, when the weather is milder
How to get there
Flights to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin from most Australian and Asian hubs
Can get very cold in Winter, with temperatures dropping to 0 degrees Celsius, and mild summers