Mt Cook Lily, Mt Cook Mackenzie  Fraser Gunn

South Island of New Zealand

The South Island of New Zealand promises breathtaking scenery and unforgettable experiences.

The South Island of New Zealand is known by Maori as Te Wai Pounamu – Water of Greenstone. Much of the Pounamu (Greenstone or Jade) used in Maori jewellery was sourced from the rivers of the South Island, but the name also invokes the gem-like hues of many South Island lakes and rivers – from the deep jade of the Waimakariri River to the turquoise coloured Lake Tekapo.

South Island Destinations


A thriving art and craft community, tantalising fresh food and produce, beautiful beaches and lakes, and world-renowned national parks make the Nelson Region a unique and inspirational South Island location.

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The West Coast

Rugged, wild, isolated, untamed. The West Coast offers some of the South Island and New Zealand’s most ruggedly beautiful scenery – from dense primeval forests and scarred mining settlements, to glaciers and pounding surf beaches.

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New Zealand’s largest and most renowned wine growing region, Marlborough is a place of astounding beauty – from the stunning coves and inlets of the Marlborough Sounds to the wineries of Blenheim, and the unbridled sheep stations of the Awatere Valley.

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From snow-capped mountains to rolling green sea, the small town of Kaikoura is a wonderland of jaw-dropping scenic beauty and special New Zealand wildlife experiences.

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Hanmer Springs

Sprinkled with cute cafes and boutique shops, plentiful accommodation options and a fantastic range of outdoor and family activities, Hanmer Springs Alpine Village makes for a great holiday destination. From skiing and hot pools, to forest walks and white water rafting, Hanmer Springs is a diverse destination in any season.

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North Canterbury

From the ocean to the alps, North Canterbury is home to farms, wineries, beaches, ski resorts and intriguing historic sites.

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Stretching from the Pacific Ocean on the east, through the patchwork fields of the Canterbury Plains to the rugged alpine reaches of the Southern Alps, Canterbury is a region of diverse backdrops, attractions and activities.

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More English than England, this charming southern city is guaranteed to impress. Wide tree-lined avenues,  ambling inner-city rivers and restored heritage buildings make Christchurch a picture-perfect city.

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Chatham Islands

The Chatham Islands are just about as far away from civilisation as you can get. In a country already known for its unspoiled landscapes, unique wildlife and strong indigenous culture, the Chathams have to be the crown jewels. Be enthralled by the isolation, hospitality and rugged beauty that the Islands have to offer.

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Arthur's Pass

Arthur's Pass is a real get-away destination in any season. Close to a selection of top ski areas, tiny Arthur's Pass Village is also the base for a range of walks in the Arthur's Pass National Park, and offers spectacular alpine isolation for anyone wanting to really get away from it all!

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Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

An explosive volcanic history and rich wildlife population make charming Akaroa and sprawling Banks Peninsula a spectacular year-round destination.

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Ashburton District

Bustling city to remote back-country vistas; thrilling high-speed adventures to serene rivers and top notch skiing  – it’s no wonder Ashburton District is dubbed the ‘Land of Surprising Contrasts’.

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Central South Island

Sprawling between the South Island's east coast, the Southern Alps to the west and the Waitaki region to the south, Central South Island is a lively hotchpotch of home-grown New Zealand at its best.

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Mt Cook & Mackenzie

Whether you come to explore, energise, or invigorate, the spectacular alpine scenery, crystal clear horizons, turquoise coloured lakes and golden valleys of Mt Cook & Mackenzie promise to captivate and excite. View New Zealand's highest peak Aoraki Mt Cook - simply stunning. Or check out the beautiful Lake Tekapo.

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Compact in size, you’ll soon find that Queenstown is big on thrills. Adrenaline activities define this town – if it’s airborne, gravity-defying, exhilarating or just plain scary, Queenstown’s bound to have it!

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Natural, unassuming and secluded – take a break from the frantic fast pace of the holiday hotspots, and head for hills or coast of the beautiful Otago region. Explore the Central Otago area and discover a beautiful New Zealand region with towns such as Lake Wanaka and Clyde.

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Rich in culture and heritage Dunedin is an exciting student city with a unique and vibrant identity.

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This exquisite World Heritage Area is one of New Zealand’s most breathtaking escapes. Deep fiords, towering peaks, and unyielding native rainforest define the dramatic region of Fiordland, captivating visitors from all over the world. Choose from stunning locations such as Milford Sound and Doutbful Sound.

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Southland & Stewart Island

Literally the last frontier, Southland is a region of contrasting scenery and diverse faces.  From craggy coastlines to heavily forested nature parks, Southland’s diverse landscape is sure to impress.

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 Parapara peak summit ridge, Kahurangi National Park.  Nelson Tasman Tourism



 Heaphy Track, Karamea, West Coast.  Tourism West Coast



 A vineyard in Marlborough.  Destination Marlborough



 Dolphin under water, Kaikoura  © Kaikoura Information & Tourism



 Snowfall at Hanmer Springs thermal reserve  Hurunui Tourism




 Gore Bay - North Canterbury  Gemma Dixon


 Hot air ballooning adventures, Canterbury



 Cashel Street Mall, Central Christchurch  © Nathan Hollis via Flickr



 Chatham Islands Beachscape  Chatham Islands Enterprise Trust




 Otira, Arthur's Pass National Park.  Tourism West Coast



 Akaroa Harbour in the evening - Banks Peninsula  Kate Pedley (Flickr)



 Mt Hutt ski area, Methven, Ashburton District  Ashburton District Tourism


Central South Island Tourism



 Aurora - chapel - Lake Tekapo - Mt Cook Mackenzie  Fraser Gunn



 Kawarau Jet, Queenstown (Activity)  Destination Queenstown



 Autumn in Central Otago.  Central Otago Tourism



 Otago University, Dunedin.  Tourism Dunedin


 New Zealand flora, Fiordland National Park.  Destination Fiordland



 Catlins Nugget Point, Venture Southland  Bruce Hill


 Cold Water Hut, Nelson Lakes National Park.  Nelson Tasman Tourism

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 Skydiving at Lake Wanaka, New Zealand.  Lake Wanaka Tourism

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