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Our favourite South Island locations
The South Island has some of the most awe-inspiring vistas in the world. It’s a place where you can clink glasses as you watch the sun set over a vineyard in Marlborough, sea kayak through peaceful Abel Tasman National Park, or even sky dive in Queenstown.
Meanwhile, Christchurch & Canterbury transports Lord of the Rings fans into their favourite world, and the West Coast offers some of the most impressive hikes in New Zealand. Our favourite locations below conjure the magic of this gorgeous island.
South Island Locations
Blenheim & Marlborough Region
Marlborough Sound is the South Island’s wine capital. World-class wineries offer long afternoons spent sipping decadent wine and pairing small glasses with sumptuous cuisine, whilst the charming town of Blenheim offers kayaking, mountain biking and dolphin watching.
Nelson & Abel Tasman
Seaside towns have never looked so chic. Charming vineyards are paired with scenic coastal trails and trendy restaurants serving succulent smoked seafood in Nelson, whilst Abel Tasman’s untouched beauty is well-worth exploring.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Christchurch and Canterbury are much loved for their abundant greenery. Whilst Canterbury’s grassy plains are backed by sparkling lakes and snow-capped mountains, Christchurch is home to Lord of the Rings film scenes, botanic gardens, and eco-friendly attractions.
Dunedin is undeniably a unique and quirky city. Steeped in Scottish heritage, the city is filled with fun attractions and experiences, including hiking, catching the Taieri Gorge Railway, exploring the picturesque architecture, and grabbing a bottle of Speight’s beer.
Queenstown & Fiordland
Welcome to New Zealand’s adventure capital. From breath-taking sky diving and canyon swinging, to horseback riding and cruises through incredible glaciers, this is the place for thrill-seekers and those looking for pristine wilderness.
The South Island’s west coast is serene and unspoilt, with rugged coastal roads home to beautiful natural attractions including the pancake rocks at Punakaiki, and limestone cliffs at Paparoa National Park.