South Island


South IslandSouth Island is slightly cooler than North Island but offers equally interesting locations. The Southern Alps are the island’s backbone. Beautiful and sandy beaches, interesting fiords, large forests, all are waiting for the tourists.

Sometimes referred to as the “Mainland”, South Island is larger than North Island but has fewer people. The most important cities on the South Island are: Christchurch — the largest city with a rather English feel to it -, Dunedin — the oldest city in New Zealand -, Invercargill and Nelson.

Get in

The biggest international airport on the South Island is located in Christchurch. There are several other towns that receive regular domestic flights, as well as regular flights from Australia.

Ferries connect the North Island to the South Island. The journey takes between 3 and 3 ½ hours, depending on the weather conditions.

Once in one of the towns, you can explore the region by train, by bus or by rented car.

Regions

Nelson

The region is home to three national parks. If you love nature, head to this sunny region and explore the local fauna and flora.

Marlborough

If you love food and wine, you should definitely consider this region. The plains are beautifully surrounded by mountains, offering a lot of possibilities to spend a lovely vacation.

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West Coast

The West Cost is a rather remote region where you won’t find too many people. But it’s the best location to engage in some adventure tourism.

Christchurch – Canterbury

The region magically combines mountains, plains and rivers. You won’t be bored if you plan to spend your vacation here.

Dunedin — Costal Otago

Dunedin is the oldest town in New Zealand. History, magical scenery and wild life, all wait to be discovered.

Lake Wanaka

The mountains and the lake create the perfect location to spend some adventurous times.

Queenstown

Beautiful alpine scenery and an interesting city are waiting for the tourists.

Central Otago

If you are interested in the history of gold mining, make sure to visit this region. Don’t forget to explore the beautiful cities as well.

Fiordland

Beautiful caverns sculpted by glaciers create absolutely amazing scenery which will fascinate the adventure travelers.

Southland

Enjoy the wild scenery; discover the local flora and fauna while experiencing the warmth of the locals.