The Mackenzie Basin encompasses the three lakes Ohau, Pukaki and Tekapo. The area is one of New Zealand's most popular tourist destinations. In addition to undisturbed nature, it offers a plethora of outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing and horse trekking.
For the advanced alpinist, mountaineering and ice climbing are possible, while the romantic soles can relax in hot tubs and enjoy star lit nights free from light pollution.
Dunedin is the second largest city on New Zealand's South Island and home to the world's only continental albatross colony. During the gold rush in the 1860s it was even the wealthiest City in New Zealand.
Why to go there
For the avid bird lover, the albatross colony is a must. For everybody else, Dunedin offers plenty of opportunities to watch seals as well as blue and yellow-eyed penguins. For the active traveler, the Silver Peaks circuit offers a 2-3 days hike and the city beaches offer plenty of surfing opportunities.
Oamaru, Moeraki and Shag point lie between Christchurch and Dunedin on the east coast of New Zealand's south island.
Why should you go there
As with the Catlins and Dunedin, you are passing by while on the way from Christchurch to Fiordland. So take a break from driving and enjoy the rugged coast line, its wildlife, the famous Moeraki Boulders and one of the most bizarre museums on the planet.
The Catlins, is an area located in the southeastern corner of the South Island of New Zealand. It is home to Slope Point, the South Island's southernmost point. Heavy ocean swells attract big-wave surfers and have also caused numerous shipwrecks in the past.
Featuring a scenic coastal landscape and dense temperate rainforest it is habitat to different species of birds and mammals.
Why should you go there?
The Catlins area combines relaxing at the beach and watching wildlife. Among others, the rare yellow-eyed penguin, fur seals and sea lions.
Fiordland National Park in the South West of the south island is New Zealand's largest national park and is dominated by the Southern Alps.
This part of New Zealand, has a very wet climate with an annual average of 200 rainy days and an annual rainfall varying from 1200 mm in Te Anau to 8000 mm in Milford Sound.
So why would you want to go there if it rains more than half of the year?
A work and travel visa - usually only available for people younger than 30 - allows you to work on non-permanent jobs while traveling. Perfect for people just finishing high school or university.
If you ever wondered about the odds of being killed while watching wildlife in Africa and want to know which animal is the most dangerous, the following infographic will provide the details.
How to read it
For each species, the graphic shows the average number of people killed per year. Using our derived threat level it also shows how dangerous an animal is in comparison to its competitors in the wild.
Let us get one thing off the chest before going into the details: As of today, Corsica is by far the best place we have been to when it comes to active holidays. After being to many places on all five continents we never encountered a single spot offering as many possibilities as Corsica.
If you are looking for a location in Switzerland offering great nature and a interesting hiking options away from the main attractions like the Jungfraujoch or Matterhorn, the Creux du Van is worth a look.