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An area of truly awesome scenery, surrounding Mount Cook itself, New Zealand’s highest mountain. It’s an epic landscape with snow capped peaks, vast glaciers and numerous trails, many of which are easy going for walkers of reasonable fitness, all with breath taking views.

The Hilary Centre, in the Hermitage hotel, offers excellent information and exhibitions and really helps visitors get their bearings and understand their surroundings.

The Church of the Good Shepherd on the southern tip of Lake Tekapo is a magnificent photo opportunity with wonderful vistas perfectly framed by its altar window. In November, the vibrant lupins carpeting the foreshore are a treat and, being a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, it’s also a perfect spot for stargazing.