Travel with us into a remote untouched world, to places which are inaccessible by any other means.
Te Wāhipounamu is regarded as one of the worlds best examples of a dynamic mountainous landscape. The Southern Alps – Kā Tiritiri o te Moana – is the result of the Pacific and Indo-Australian plates of the earth’s crust forcing the alps to rise sharply along the fault line.
It is also recognised as one of the world’s most outstanding glacial landscapes. The reminants of the Dart Glacier can be seen locally in the form of Whakatipu-wai-Māori (Lake Wakatipu) and Diamond Lakes left behind as the ice has retreated, and in the formation of terraces still visible today on the hillsides. The large range of native plants and animals within the area are unique to Aotearoa (New Zealand) and represent the close links between this World Heritage Area today and the great continent of Gondwanaland of 100 million years ago.