New Zealand has been a recent hit with a slew of K-Pop idols, who have put the destination on the Hallyu map – including one particularly record-breaking boy band, BTS that has been making waves with their recent visit. The supergroup even called New Zealand their favourite destination!
For fans who want to follow in the footsteps of their oppa, we’ve compiled a list of activities to guide the quintessential K-wave journey in New Zealand.
An unforgettable glacier landing
The magnificent scenery and views around Queenstown can only truly be experienced from the air via a scenic helicopter flight. Fly over mountains, stunning fiords, glaciers and turquoise-blue lakes – all within an hour of Queenstown. The local landscape offers spectacular views from the air, giving you real perspective on the geography and layout of southern New Zealand.
Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters offer a selection of scenic Queenstown helicopter flights which can fly you over the high points of Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Kawarau Gorge, Shotover River, & Skippers Canyon. Experience the thrill of landing on snow and glaciers deep within the alpine ranges and there is plenty of Middle Earth to see for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fans also.
Star-spotting in the darkest of skies
There is no greater view than in the small town of Tekapo – where you get to take in the stunning, glacier-fed Lake Tekapo, the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd and the spectacular Southern Alps. It is also home to some of the world’s darkest skies and purest stargazing opportunities.
A major observatory in the area is the Dark Sky Project based at Tekapo’s Mount John Observatory. Here professional astronomers will guide you through the galaxy using powerful telescopes. Looking for a truly unique stargazing experience? Tekapo Springs offers New Zealand’s only hot pools and star gazing tour. Learn about the stars using telescopes and a fascinating fusion of astronomy plus Maori myths and legends, then relax in a 37.5℃ hot pool and soak in the stars.
Hiking amongst the greats
New Zealand’s tallest mountain and situated in a national park and UNESCO World Heritage site, Mt Cook definitely lives up to its Maori name Aoraki, which means ‘cloud piercer’. Don’t let its spectacular nature fool you into thinking you need to be an expert to explore the area. In Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, there are many accessible day walks you can embark on to enjoy the beautiful landscapes.
Discover the Tasman Glacier – New Zealand’s longest at 27km long – with the Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier View Walk, which is easy 1-hour return walk that takes in the alpine-fed Blue Lakes and glacier-moulded landscapes. There is also the Hooker Valley Track, which is an easy 10km or 3-hour return walk. Highlights include the Tasman Glacier Lake filled with picturesque icebergs, the glacier terminal, three swing bridges and, on a clear day, amazing views of Aoraki/Mt Cook.
For travellers staying in the area, the world-renowned Hermitage Hotel has been a haven for adventurous travellers since 1884, nestled among stunning scenery within the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, offering a complete alpine holiday experience for all.
The Hermitage Hotel is located in Aoraki/Mt Cook Village, which is four hours by road south west of Christchurch, and 2.5 hours north from Wanaka.
Zoom down the Luge
Located an easy 5-minute walk from central Queenstown and exclusively accessed by scenic Gondola, Skyline Queenstown is a ‘must-see’ attraction during your visit to Queenstown. Enjoy the spectacular 220-degree panorama views before getting your adrenaline fix on the Luge.
If you’re not an adventure junkie but still want some fast-paced fun, definitely take a spin on the Luge, the global thrill ride for all ages. Their purpose-built Luge carts put you in complete control as you take on over 800 metres of banked corners, tunnels and dippers. Once you’ve conquered the course, hop on the chairlift and do it all again, and again, and again. Gentle and leisurely or steep and adventurous, you’ll be hooked.
Skyline Queenstown is open daily, year-round, with the Luge open from 10am to 8pm. You can spot the Gondola from downtown Queenstown. It runs from the top of Brecon Street and heads straight up to Bob’s Peak. The bottom terminal is within walking distance of the town centre.