Looking back toward Mount Cook Village on the Hooker Valley TrackPHOTO: Crystal Brindle ©
Banks Peninsula offers a wide range of experiences very close to Christchurch City.
Arthur’s Pass National Park is in the heart of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana. Its high mountains with large scree slopes, steep gorges and wide braided rivers straddle the main divide, and are the ‘back bone’ of the South Island.
The Godley Head WWII coastal defence battery sits atop sheer 120 metre-high cliffs. Built in 1939, it is ranked in the top ten New Zealand coastal defence heritage sites.
Several walks around the village provide views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and the surrounding native alpine bush - short, easy options are great for kids.
The Tasman Glacier, 29 km long and up to 3 km wide, can be viewed from the short walks that start from the Blue Lakes Shelter.