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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2nts Christchurch & 10 day South Island Motorhome hire
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Immerse yourself in the incredible intricacies of New Zealand’s South Island region to witness some of the most beautiful natural landmarks the country has to offer. Settle in to the city of Christchurch for your first 2 nights and take in some of the local culture and history at the Canterbury Museum and Christchurch Arts Centre, after which you can pick up your hired motorhome and traverse the shifting landscape from the comfort of your very ow... Show More
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Spend 14 days discovering the distinct nuances and unique intricacies of New Zealand on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience that sees you taking in the sights and sounds as much as comfort and convenience. Enjoy the shifting scenery of New Zealand at your own pace with a campervan hire that sees gives you the opportunity to see what you want, when you want from the comfort of your very own travelling home. Spend time gazing out at views of... Show More
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2nts Christchurch & Best of south Island Self Drive
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Uncover the sights and sounds of New Zealand’s natural wonderland of South Island on an amazing adventure you won’t soon forget. Delve deep into the heart of Christchurch for your first 2 nights where you can meet some of the indigenous wildlife up close at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and Orana Wildlife Park before picking up your hired car to blaze a trail across the landscape without worrying about schedules and time limits. Explore the reg... 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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