Hagley Park, Christchurch
South Island
Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown
Marlborough vineyards
Mount Cook, Lake Pukaki
Routeburn trail in South Island

South Island holidays - Awe-inspiring, enticing and special

The South Island's vistas are jaw-dropping. Leafy vineyards and spiralling snow-capped mountains are met with calm lakes twinkling in the summer light, and fjords and caves tempting the adventurous. The South Island is enticingly wild, with opportunities to get active and explore the island by foot, bicycle or even motorhome, with the chance of encountering incredible wildlife, too.

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Culture, city, beauty and adventure - An island that has it all

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.

South Island Inspiration
Mt Aspiring National Park

Discover the best of the South Island

The South Island offers a variety of things to see and do from beautiful landscapes, wonderful hiking spots, majestic mountains, whale watching to adrenaline fuelled adventures in Queenstown. Read on for more information to inspire your next New Zealand adventure.

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