Things to do in the South Island

New Zealand’s South Island is the home of the Sounds, the Alps, and the glaciers.

32% larger than the North Island, but with only a quarter of the total population of New Zealand. The South Island is the best place to experience New Zealand’s wild side.

Each region has something unique to offer.

Tasman

Anchorage, Abel Tasman

Possibly the most untouched and remote part of New Zealand.

There may be limited road access but there’s plenty to explore in this northern peninsula of the South Island.

Nelson

Nelson from Cable Bay Walkway

The smallest region in all of New Zealand. There’s a peanut butter factory. I’m probably underselling it, I need to do more research…

Marlborough

Many tourists first experience of the South Island of New Zealand, arriving in Picton of the ferry.

With the Marlborough Sounds, favourable climate, and world renowned wine region, there’s something for everyone.

West Coast

Pancake Rocks, West Coast, South Island

Home of New Zealand’s famous glaciers (Fox and Franz Josef) and the wild west coast of New Zealand

Canterbury

Arthurs Pass

The largest region of the South Island with highlights such as Kaikura and Mount Cook

Otago

Lake Wanaka, South Island

Whether you’re looking for thrills in Queenstown, Culture in Dunedin, or rugged coastlines full of marine life, Otago has something for you.

Southland

Nugget Point, The Catlins

Experience some of the most beautiful landscapes and environments around on the South coast, the Catlins, and Fjordland

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