SOUTH ISLAND & CHRISTCHURCH HOLIDAYS

It takes mere moments to discover exactly why the beauty and splendour of New Zealand’s South Island earns it a reputation as one of the world’s best-loved holiday destinations. A relatively sparse island, compared with the more populous North Island, New Zealand’s South Island is nonetheless home to truly spectacular scenery, where mountains, glaciers, sounds and lakes stretch across a stunning landscape. Book a Travelbag holiday and you have the chance to immerse yourself in New Zealand’s effortlessly beautiful South Island, from cruising through Milford Sound, to exploring the vibrant Queenstown, to traversing the incredible Southern Alps.

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3nts Christchurch, 3nts Queenstown & 10 day Best of North Island Self Drive Tour
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Discover the splendour of magnificent New Zealand with a Multi-Centre holiday across both the North Island and South Island. Starting on the South Island in the quaint city of Christchurch, your expedition will include a visit to the beautiful, adventure sports-haven of Queenstown before heading northwards for the unforgettable 10 Day Best of North Island Self-Drive Tour. Show More
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Experience the New Zealand holiday of a lifetime with a Multi-Centre holiday to many of the country’s leading destinations. Starting in Auckland, this multi-centre holiday will take you to the breathtaking Bay of Islands in the north and the quaint English-inspired city of Christchurch, as well as the charming coastal towns of Kaikoura and Nelson. Show More
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Get the most from an unforgettable holiday to New Zealand by booking a Multi-Centre package that covers both the North Island and the South Island. Begin your adventure on the volcanic North Island with visits to the pulsating city of Auckland and the beautiful Bay of Islands before embarking on the 11 Day Best of South Island Self-Drive Tour. Show More
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A fantastic way to discover New Zealand, this 14 day tour allows you see the sights of both the North and South islands, with a range of 'Freedom of Choice' options allowing you to tailor the holiday to your own preferences Show More
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South Island Highlights

New Zealand’s South Island is of course for its truly amazing starring role as ‘Middle Earth’ in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Wondrous mountainous landscapes and epic natural wonders mark the South Island as a holidaying destination like no other.

Travel to the Southern Alps and experience them at first hand as you travel on the TranzAlpine railway or alternatively cruise the tranquil Milford Sound while admiring the picturesque views across the Fiordland National Park.

Visit the colonial-inspired centres of Christchurch and Dunedin as they prove to be relaxing diversions from the thrilling adventure ride that the rest of the South Island undoubtedly is.

The Beautiful Hills of the South Island South Island Highlights Mountain Range of the South Island

Key Highlights of New Zealand’s South Island

  • Traversing the epically beautiful Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Railway
  • Cruising the calming waters of Milford Sound
  • The thrilling adrenaline-fuelled activities of Queenstown
  • Relaxing travelling on Christchurch’s River Avon
  • The Scottish-inspired town of Dunedin

If you would like to know more about Travelbag’s excellent tailor-made holidays to New Zealand’s South Island, don’t hesitate to contact us on 0871 703 4244 Costs 13p/min + network extras and speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable travel experts.

Packing Tips

For most people, the South Island and its incredible, epic landscapes are what spring to mind when they imagine New Zealand. A lot of the South Island was used by the Lord of the Rings movie franchise – and the landscapes are every bit what you would imagine them to be. Imagine the most beautiful mountains, natural lakes and rolling hills.

If you’re visiting the South Island, the chances are you plan on getting involved with the nature and wildlife – and you plan on having an adventure (no matter how big or small). Your packing list should reflect the massive amount of things there is to enjoy here. Trainers and hiking boots are a must-have, as are a variety of light and cool layers and warmer, thicker clothes too. Whereas the North Island has a subtropical climate, the South Island can still feel a bit brisk even during summer months.

We would also recommend taking a camera – because you’ll be taking photos constantly. Everything (and we mean everything!) is photo-worthy in the South Island.

Essential Information

  • Country Capital-Wellington.
  • Currency-New Zealand Dollar.
  • Languages-English.
  • Time Zone- GMT +12 hours.

Weather in Christchurch & South Island

The South Island and Christchurch have a different climate from the North Island, and it’s worth keeping this in mind when visiting. The South Island winter is cold and harsh – with snow falling every year and most mountain towns turning into ski-resorts. You can expect temperatures to fall below 0 degrees Celsius regularly.

In the spring and summer months, the Sun comes out and you’ll find the South Island and Christchurch to be very pleasant. It’s warm, but not too hot or humid (expect an average of around 25 Degrees Celsius) – so it’s a great place to spend a lot of time outdoors.

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