South Island, New Zealand

Which of the South Island’s unparalleled natural and cultural attractions are going to become your favourite memory? The spectacular alpine rolling past your window from the TranzAlpine train? The waves crashing on the beach outside your resort in Punakaiki? Watching the icy-blue Franz Josef Glacier inch toward the sea? Or the breathtaking beauty of the unofficial eighth natural wonder of the world, Milford Sound? Or are they all going to become new favourites? We think all.



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  • Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers

    Franz Josef Glacier

    The West Coast glaciers are some of the largest and most accessible glaciers in the Westland National Park. Franz Josef was named in 1865 in honour of the Emperor of Austria. The Fox Glacier was named in 1872 after an early NZ Prime Minister, William Fox.

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  • Fiordland National Park

    Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park

    The spectacular Fiordland National Park can be found tucked away in the south west corner of New Zealand’s South Island. Renowned for its exceptional scenic beauty, this National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and spans over an incredible 1.2 million hectares. The site is the country’s largest National Park and one of the largest in the world.

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  • Mount Cook

    Mount Cook

    There is no missing this mountain on your New Zealand tour of the South Island. Journey from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo to observe the largest mountain in New Zealand, measuring 3754 metres high. Located in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, an alpine park, 40% of it is made up of glaciers. There are 19 other peaks within the park but Mt Cook dwarfs them all in height.

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  • Te Anau

    Lake Te Anau

    The serene deep waters of Lake Te Anau make up the largest lake in the South Island and second largest in New Zealand, and are bordered on its western shore by lush virgin forest. The resort town of Te Anau, the gateway to the fiords, lies nestled on the edge of this beautiful lake, with a spectacular backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison mountains. The fascinating Te Anau caves system offers a charming underground adventure. This tour takes you to a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms.

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  • Christchurch

    Christchurch Tram

    The South Island’s largest city and the ‘English’ city of New Zealand, Christchurch is known for its beautiful gardens and the tree-lined Avon River which runs through it. Early settlers wanted to call the river ‘The Shakespeare’.

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  • Queenstown

    Queenstown

    Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is scenic Queenstown, surrounded by the mighty peaks of the Southern Alps and the Remarkables. During the winter months (Jun – Sep) the Remarkables are home to some of the world’s most spectacular skiing. Coronet Peak, the centre of this skiing mecca, offers dry powder snow and the best facilities to match. During the warmer months (Nov – Feb) this winter wonderland transforms into a summer holiday resort town. Queenstown is recognised as the ‘adventure capital’ of New Zealand and there are plenty of things to do on the water, in the air and on the land! Queenstown also has a wide variety of relaxing activities including wine trails, art trails, museums, shopping, restaurants and cafés to enjoy.

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