Even the most seasoned traveller will find it hard not to audibly gasp at the beauty of the alpine lakes region of New Zealand's South Island.
You can easily see the dramatic, changing landscape of the alpine lakes in a short space of time with a drive from Christchurch to Wanaka and Queenstown via Lake Tekapo and the Mackenzie region. Encounter the Southern Alps standing like sentinels and growing larger as you enter alpine New Zealand. Admire lake upon lake of emerald and brilliant blue waters as you drive south through the Canterbury plains and farmland. Discover the vineyards and waterfalls and walks at varying length. The drive itself is beautiful and if you fancy yourself a photographer, allow time for (the many) scenic stops. There is so much to be seen, tasted and experienced on this journey, you really need some local knowledge to give you the full lowdown.
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