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South Island

The decision to holiday in New Zealand’s South Island is easy – it’s got the best snow, great food and wine and every conceivable New Zealand experience from remote trekking to whale watching. The hard part is deciding where to start. You’ll want to see it all – the silvery beaches of the Pacific coastline, the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps and the whales of Kaikoura.

Set off from Christchurch through picturesque bays and seaside villages. It’s not every day you find yourself in a place of such incredible natural beauty, so make the most of it! Take your time exploring the Alpine Pacific Triangle through the gourmet Waipara Valley, the spa town of Hanmer Springs and the marine wonderland of Kaikoura, you’ll find beautiful country scenery all the way.

The east coast is hard to leave, but the mountainous landscapes of the west coast beckon. No words can describe the beauty of the high peaks, dramatic valleys and crystal waters of this rugged landscape.

Experience the powerful presence and amazing beauty of the glaciers of the Southern Alps. Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers extend from the highest peaks to rainforests just 250 metres above sea level. Walk on the ice or take a scenic flight over it, either way you'll be very impressed.

Whether it’s a ski holiday or summer getaway you’re here for, Queenstown’s sense of fun will have you in spirits as high as the tallest peaks. From crystal clear Lake Wakatipu across to The Remarkables mountain range, Queenstown’s environment is grand and awe-inspiring. Here, in the adventure capital of New Zealand, you’ll find any type of adrenaline activity to fill your day, while the downtown area is a hub of fun at night.
Travel out to the picturesque regional towns for crisp mountain air and country indulgence as only New Zealand can do. The locals know the value of their pristine environment and expertly share the best ways to see it.

Tour the famed Marlborough wine region where visitors are welcomed to sample award winning wines at cellar doors. Fish for trout in the local rivers, canals and lakes in Central Otago – the scenery alone is a good enough reason for a day spent by the water. You haven’t experienced true pleasure until you’ve taken a soak in the naturally heated springs and mineral pools at Hanmer Springs. Such rewards are the perfect end to a day spent satisfying your more adventurous side with a bungy jump, forest hike or horse trek.

Get ready for the time of your life – New Zealand knows how to make it happen!

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