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South Island

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Māui's Canoe

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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Places to visit in South Island

Queenstown BEST FOR: Entertainment Center, Water Sport, Spa
Te Anau BEST FOR: Water Body, Cave, Hiking Trail
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) BEST FOR: Hiking Trail, Observatory, Nature / Wildlife Tour
Christchurch BEST FOR: Garden, Specialty Museum, Church
Fox Glacier BEST FOR: Hiking Trail, Scenic Walking Area, Beach

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Hidden gems in South Island

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Trails in South Island

Wineries in South Island

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