SEOUL, South Korea, Oct 05 (Korea Bizwire) – Hiking on a gigantic glacier hundreds of millions years old, frolicking with seals on the beach, and picnicking like a hobbit. All these sound so otherworldly, but in New Zealand you can do it all with ease and style. The spring has come in this land in the Southern Hemisphere. Try any of the following destinations to feel perfect freedom away from civilization.
One of the best travel experiences in New Zealand is glacier walk. Visit the Franz Josef Glacier on the West Coast of South Island and spend a half day or full day walking the ice and jumping crevices. To get to the glacier zone, take the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch and hop on a bus to the glacier at Greymouth. There are many other buses going to the glacier all across South Island.
If you loved walking on Olleh Road in Jeju Island, you will too love the Abel Tasman Coast Track, a 51-kilometer-long walking track within the Abel Tasman National Park. Even though it takes more than three days to walk the whole length, you can choose to take a water taxi to save time or rent a kayak. If you are lucky, you may run into a flock of seals or blue penguins on your way along the coast.
If you happen to be a Lord of the Rings fan, you can never miss visiting Middle-earth. Although you can find many locations in the movie all around New Zealand, Lake Erskine near Milford Sound is the best place to be. Just pack a lunchbox and wear a sturdy pair of walking shoes before setting out on the journey. The highland lake surrounded by steep cliffs and high mountains that constitute Fiordland can be the hiking destination all to yourself. As the land of hobbits is too secretive, you can access this place only through helicopters departing Queenstown.