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South Island Holidays

Jaw-dropping vistas and exhilarating activities

From towering mountains and eerie glaciers to lush wineries and sunny cities, New Zealand’s South Island packs the best of what the world has to offer into an area smaller than the UK.

Providing the otherworldly setting for The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings movies, this pristine, untouched natural beauty blends with cosmopolitan vibrancy in a way that’s unlike anywhere else on the planet. In the northern stretch of the island you’ll find a huge number of wineries in the Marlborough Region, making wine tours a must-do. The sunshine city of Nelson sits next door to the gorgeous Abel Tasman National Park – definitely worth a trek.

Separated from the built up areas by the Southern Alps mountain range, the West Coast offers rugged natural perfection and scenery to take your breath away. Alternatively the adrenalin junkie paradise of Queenstown sits pretty between the mountains and lakes.

If cities are more your thing, try out the exuberance and vibrancy of Christchurch or the classical charm and Scottish heritage of Dunedin – both have plenty of sights worth seeing. Whether you get your kicks from jaw-dropping vistas, majestic architecture, delicious food or adrenalin-fuelled adventure sports, the South Island is an incredible choice for the holiday of a lifetime.

Top 5 things to do in South Island

  1. Take a memorable ride on the TranzAlpine scenic railway
  2. Visit Milford Sound and cruise the majestic fjord
  3. Witness the beautiful whales and dolphins at Kaikoura
  4. Take a guided walk along the Abel Tasman trek
  5. Go bungee jumping for an exhilarating adrenalin rush

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New Zealand Sky have provided a distance chart to help you calculate your self drive tour journey. All distances are measured in kilometres(km), over highways and major roads but not necessarily by shortest route. To convert distances to Miles please use the following calculation: Kilometres x .625 = Miles

Arthurs Pass
Christchurch 150
Dunedin 360 451
Franz Josef 567 408 248
Haast 146 424 579 399
Hanmer Springs 549 395 495 135 253
Hokitika 256 294 140 570 252 102
Invercargill 720 714 435 581 217 578 668
Kaikoura 947 373 137 658 510 545 183 311
Milford Sound 947 280 825 899 554 686 402 764 914
Mt Cook 558 514 445 478 466 356 500 331 418 412
Nelson 759 1155 245 1007 330 306 615 470 790 428 390
Picton 110 671 1104 157 919 392 285 667 531 702 340 468
Queenstown 826 914 266 307 669 187 547 620 262 408 283 487 560
Westport 688 288 226 664 996 329 861 145 218 426 280 695 333 200

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