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.
Finding a view to take your breath away in New Zealand won’t take long, but a particular highlight for many on any New Zealand South Island holiday is a trip across the Southern Alps aboard the TranzAlpine railway, an experience that will stay with you forever as it carves its way through incredible virgin scenery. Indeed, natural grace is not in short supply wherever you go, but few can visit New Zealand without gravitating towards the extraordinary Fiordland National Park on the south-western peninsula. Made up of fiords carved from glaciers, Fiordland National Park is best viewed by water or by foot on one of the many walking trails. For a real sensory treat, however, Milford Sound fiord, once regarded as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, is considered possibly New Zealand’s finest angle with its stunning waterfalls and cliffs.
For those who enjoy a rush of adrenaline on their travels, Queenstown has built a reputation as something of an adventure playground for the young-at-heart with copious opportunities to bungee jump, sky-dive and mountain bike, among others. For those who prefer to take things a little easier, those spectacular views can still be admired from a rather more sedate mode of transport, the Skyline Gondola. Inspired by their colonial roots, the English-influenced city of Christchurch on the north-eastern side of the South Island offers the perfect setting for a quiet and relaxing diversion with the languid River Avon and its quaint architecture. Similarly, Dunedin is distinguished by its Scottish roots, so much so that many go there to enjoy a traditional Haggis dinner and visit Larnach Castle – the only castle in New Zealand!
An almost mythical land that has to be seen to be believed, treat yourself to the adventure of a lifetime this year with New Zealand South Island holiday.
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.
Key Highlights of New Zealand’s South Island
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.
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.
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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