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The wilder of New Zealand's two main islands, South Island offers a feast of nature in all its glory. Extensive, untouched plains connect alpine landscapes with rugged shorelines, creating a home for an abundance of animals and vegetation, on land and in the rich surrounding waters. Renowned as a window to the natural world before man (something that scores of film directors have tapped into over the years), South Island folds its cities and townships into the surrounding landscape, their populations adding something singular to the mix. On your trip to South Island, you'll witness the awe-inspiring cultural heritage of the Maori, whose art and architecture complements the developments of the colonial legacy. The result is a land of characterful buildings, rolling vineyards, and free-spirited adventure. Use our New Zealand itinerary maker to plan your trip to South Island and other destinations in New Zealand.
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Top South Island tours
$130 BOOK WITH VIATOR Milford Sound Coach Tour with Lunch from Queenstown
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
$63 BOOK WITH VIATOR Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights Tour
Duration: 6 hours
Places to visit in South Island
QueenstownTrip planner BEST FOR: Entertainment Center, Water Sport, Spa Te AnauTrip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Water Body, Hiking Trail Fox GlacierTrip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Hiking Trail, Scenic Walking Area ChristchurchTrip planner BEST FOR: Park, Specialty Museum, History Museum Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)Trip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Hiking Trail, Observatory
Popular things to do in South Island
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Parks in South Island
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Trails in South Island
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Duration: 4 hours
Museums in South Island
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