The South Island of New Zealand is a premier holiday destination from luxurious resorts, NZ skiing, to that perfect campervan park to keep the whole family entertained, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. From the abundant natural surroundings at the Marlborough Sounds to the beautiful sunshine and breathtaking landscapes of Nelson, you’re sure to have a relaxed authentic New Zealand holiday when you visit the South Island.
The East Coast stretches along 600 kilometres of unique coastline offering primeval rainforests, pounding surf and brooding lakes and be sure to bring an appetite for exquisite fresh cuisine and outdoor adventure against a backdrop of snow capped mountain ranges, forests, rivers and beautiful beaches. Continue travelling to Kaikoura, home to seals, dolphins and whales, a great stop over before heading onto Hanmer Springs, a picture perfect destination offering hot thermal pools and adventure activities making this area one that has something to offer every visitor.
Other big destinations throughout the South Island include the picturesque scenery of Christchurch, with it’s old english architechture and backdrop of the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps. The landscape of Christchurch is impossible to ignore. Travelling further inland through the South Island, you will come across the adventure capital of New Zealand. Queenstown is one of the most beautiful and scenic destinations anywhere in the world. Places to stay in Queenstown can be anything from backpacker stopovers to stylish accommodation with magnificent lake or mountain views comes in a multitude of apartment and hotel styles.
Throughout your visit to the South Island of the New Zealand, you will come across amazing destinations which include the ideal location for a picnic. Places like Lake Wanaka, is New Zealand’s fourth largest lake with clean blue waters the is perfect holiday retreat for travellers to explore. Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo are other excellent examples of magnificent scenic tourist destinations within the Cantebury and Otago regions . The South island is a place to take a deep breath and relax. Some of New Zealands best ski fields lie close by. Coronet Peak, Cardrona, The Remarkables and Treble Cone all near Queenstown are internationally known and many others surround Christchurch and the Arthurs pass region near Hanmer Springs. In this region you can take a scenic ride on the trans alpine railroad from Christchurch on the east coast to Greymouth on the west coast, through the magnificent snow covered alpine area that makes up the Arthurs Pass region.
On the west Coast of the south island are two of the countries greatest tourist attractions. The fjord and glacier county that is some of the most beautiful in New Zealand can be found here. Cruises and tours to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound as well as sight seeing flights accross the Fox and Franz Joseph glaciers will take your breath away with their amazing beauty.