New Zealand: Tailor Made Holidays To South Westland National Park & Glacier Country
South Westland and New Zealand’s very own Glacier Country national park, is easily one of the world’s most unpretentious and yet should be iconic travel destinations. Laying between the sleepy pioneer gold rush townships of Hokitika and the world’s self professed adventure capitals of Wanaka and Queenstown, townships on New Zealand’s west coast are often only passed through by tourists eager to get to the latter two townships. However, if you’re looking for a truly once in a lifetime tailor made holiday and experience, it’s worth planning New Zealand travel itineraries around at least a few days and nights exploring what South Westland itself really has to offer.
Starting in places like Greymouth and Hokitika, the road down into South Westland is bordered in most places by green and yellow, typically Lord of The Rings sweeps of unspoiled mountain sides. Moreover, as one travels further south, Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain is often a prominent feature upon the horizon, as green levels of expansive agricultural land finally give way to the snow capped ever winter of glacier country.
Tailor made holidays and adventures into glacier country, will subsequently usually be made memorable by hiking tours taken onto either the Franz Josef or Fox glacier in the heart of South Westland. Terminating in subtropical rain forest, you usually won’t ever have to worry about the cold. Rather, hiking on both glaciers is almost like taking a surreal hike across an exposed blue ice and white crystalline desert. However, rather than travel onward after ticking a tour of two of the world’s most unique glaciers off your bucket list, places like Fox Glacier are also famous for being the location of the world’s most scenic sky dive.
Even better, South Westland in New Zealand is home to deserted gold rush towns, miles of hiking trails and spectacular secluded beaches complete with resident seal colonies and abundance of natural flora and fauna. In this case, if you are trying to plan truly memorable tailor made holidays to New Zealand, think about spending three or four days experiencing the country at its most naturally striking and atmospheric in South Westland.