How do you get inspiration for your holidays? Whether it's talking to friends and family, flicking through travel magazines, inspirational documentaries or a flick through social media on the morning commute, there is an overflow of information (and likely opinions) on the best places to visit on your travels. But who better to talk to than those who've actually been there - so we did. We put the call out to you all to let us know your favourite places to wake up in New Zealand - so here they are…
Milford Sound (Fiordland)
Located in deepest South Island, it's worth the mission to Milford sound for the pure serenity. Open up the back of your camper and soak in paradise!
Tekapo (Canterbury) Deep in the heart of Mackenzie country, this area is renowned for dark night skies, perfect for some stargazing - so technically you will have to wake up a little early to see this - 100% worth it though!
Lake Manapouri (Fiordland) Another slice of Fiordland, very few people know about Lake Manapouri, but it's certainly well worth the visit. With the Cathedral Mountains providing some context on the far side, just soak up native bush sandy beaches and pure water.
Wellington Gateway to South Island, or North Island, depending on which way you travel. Either way, Welly has some amazing scenic little spots tucked away just out of town to enjoy waking up to.
Lake Dunstan (Otago)
A little outside of Queenstown, away from the hustle and bustle and busy campsites, afford yourself a lie in with a cup of tea at Lake Dunstan. Not a bad backdrop for a morning brew.
Mackenzie Basin (Canterbury)
If you missed the Milky Way night-time show, you'll certainly be disappointed - but you may be consoled by waking up to snowy mountains around you. Get the blinds open, put the coffee on and enjoy some picture postcard scenes.
Punakaiki (West Coast)
Sometimes a middle of the night bathroom break is worth getting up for. It's always worth peaking outside if there's a clear sky when you go to sleep.
If you're in North Island, chances are you'll be passing through Coromandel. Hahei just happens to be one of the best locations to enjoy a morning, with an east facing long sandy beach, cliff walk and Cathedral Bay to explore you might as well stay here all morning, if not all day.
Lake Pukaki (Canterbury)
With intense aqua blue water (caused by glacial flour) and snowcapped Mount Cook in the distance, this is an idyllic place day or night. And chances are you'll be driving right by it if you're going from Christchurch to Queenstown. Whether you sleep here, or stop and brew up a coffee lakeside, we're pretty sure you'll find it hard to tear yourself away from.o
Now you've seen the best views to wake up to, begin building your holiday itinerary with our destination pages on the Britz website
, discovering what to do in the area between mornings waking up to a stunning view!