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New Zealand's South Island is a great place to visit. There are heaps of things to do. Early Autumn is a great time to head down South. The weather is at its most settled, it's still warm and the crowds have gone.
Here's YHA New Zealand's list of must-dos.
5 THINGS TO DO IN THE SOUTHERN LAKES REGION
The Southern Lakes Region hosts New Zealand's largest National Park, deepest glacial-carved lakes and sophisticated towns. This region knows how to keep a traveller happy.
1. Queenstown - queenstown-nz.co.nz
In Autumn, new colours paint Queenstown's landscape in vibrant reds and golds. From 1 March - 31 May, autumn in Queenstown is warm enough for most summer activities. From tramping in rugged mountains to bungy jumping to jetboating.
2. Wonderful walking tracks - queenstown-nz.co.nz
Three of New Zealand's 'great walks' are in Fiordland. Take the time to explore the wilderness of the Routeburn, Milfordand Kepler tracks.
3. Wine tours - queenstown-nz.co.nz
Venture into some of New Zealand's most scenic areas. Visit Arrowtown, Cromwell, Gibbston or Queenstown for an unforgettable wine experience.
4. Adventure tour activities - queenstown-nz.co.nz
Fulfill that lifelong ambition and dive into mountain biking, skydiving, whitewater rafting or canyon swinging.
5. Autumn events- queenstown-nz.co.nz
Explore the great outdoors and an amazing array of Autumnal events. Farmer's markets, concerts, or harvest festivals are only a few of the options.
There's a huge variety of adventure, family, history and heritage activities throughout the West Coast. There are also many free activities to take advantage of. Visit the West Coast Wildlife Centre at Franz Josef or have lunch at Lake Matheson, famous for its reflection of Mt Cook, or for the adventurous, there's even underworld rafting.
Visit some of the historic features of the West Coast. Visit old cemeteries, gold mines or ghost towns. Who knows what you might unearth?
Take a stroll through a West Coast rainforest, or trek through one over 200 bush walks. Find your way into two of the country's 12 'Great Walks' and listen to the call of native birds.
The West Coast isn't called 'wild' for no reason. The West Coast Region is 600km of a long, narrow piece of land covered with coastal forest overlooking the Tasman Sea. Explore the pancake rocks at Punakaiki or drive along the Coast Road - one of the Top 10 Coast Drives of the World.
It's all here, remoteness, wilderness and the solitude anglers’ desire.
Explore the caves in Karamea to the famous Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. Diving, horse-trekking, cycling and kayaking in the wild remoteness of the West Coast is an experience unlike any other.