The South Island of New Zealand
- The South Island is the larger of the two main islands of New Zealand and is an awe-inspiring panorama of majestic snowy mountains, lush rainforests, ancient glaciers and wide, open plains with lakes and rivers.
- The northern tip contains the Tasman and Marlborough regions providing beautiful sea valleys and inlets, islands and deep sandy coves for the enjoyment of 'boaties'. The West Coast offers a wealth of contrasting scenery from lush fern-laden forests to rugged coastlines and beautiful glaciers lacing to the spine of snow-capped mountains known as the Southern Alps. The small picturesque towns of Wanaka, Te Anau and Queenstown are snuggled amongst The Alps from where outdoor pursuits are enjoyed year round. Further to the east, gentle towns provide a link through the vast farming plains leading to the city of Christchurch, famous for its gardens and meandering Avon River.
Summary of Main Regions in the South Island
Nelson - famous for its year round sunshine, golden beaches and national parks
Marlborough - famous for its fabulous Sauvignon Blanc wines and sunshine
West Coast - untouched beauty of lush rainforests and majestic glaciers
Christchurch - the 'Garden City' and largest city in the South Island
Canterbury - contrasting land forms
Aoraki/Mt Cook - the highest point in New Zealand known for its rugged landscape
Wanaka - a pretty resort town close to Queenstown
Queenstown - a premier alpine resort known as the 'Adventure Capital' of the world
Otago - gorgeous powerful landscape and especially beautiful in the autumn months
Dunedin - New Zealand's oldest city steeped in a rich Scottish heritage
Fiordland - dramatic and beautiful with a mystical feel
Stewart Island - 75 kilometres of untouched rugged beauty and abundant bird-life