Famously featured in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, the South Island is an adventurer’s paradise. The snow-capped Southern Alps run like a spine along its length, and the southern tip is occupied by the dramatic scenery of Fiordland. Mountains and glaciers tower over expansive lakes, with lowland wine regions like Marlborough, Canterbury and Waitaki providing beautiful counterpoints.

Wanaka

New Zealand’s South Island is globally renowned for gorgeous scenery and breathtaking landscapes – even if you’ve never visited, you’re probably familiar with pictures of...