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South Island Destinations-NZ

The South Island of New Zealand comes with a reputation as a unique land packed with magnificent, raw scenery: craggy coastlines, primeval forests, snow-capped alpine mountains, fast flowing rivers and glacier-fed lakes, all beneath a brilliant blue sky.The South Island kicks off with the world ¨C renowned wineries of Marlborough and appealing Nelson. From here you will encounter the famous Southern Alps which form the backbone of the South Island and have numerous glaciers in the Fox and Franz Josef regions.

Christchurch known as the ??Garden City?? is the South Island??s largest. From here heading South on the inland route you will leave the Canterbury Plains and pass by Mount Cook/Aoraki, New Zealand??s highest mountain.

Onto Queenstown ??the adventure capital of New Zealand?? a resort town like no other offering year round activities including; bungy jumping, rafting, jet-boating and of course skiing in the winter.

This area is also the gateway to the World Heritage Fiordland National Park which has the internationally famous Milford Sound and Milford Track.

The South Island of New Zealand offers a great range of scenic experiences in a still unspoilt, sparsely populated environment. 

Milford Sound

Your South Island regional information includes:

Akaroa

Akaroa presents superb opportunities for walking and hiking, mountain biking, horse trekking and many other outdoor experiences.  Swim with - or just watch - the Hectors Dolphin (the world??s rarest) on the harbour.

Aoraki Mount Cook

The Mackenzie region offers a host of spectacular sights, including Aoraki (Mount Cook). The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a World Heritage park and is preserved in its natural state for the benefit and enjoyment of all people.
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Arrowtown

Arrowtown is an authentic gold-mining town rich in heritage. Just 20 minutes drive from Queenstown, Arrowtown is renowned for its relaxed holiday ambience, superb restaurants and as a location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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Blenheim

As the gateway to the acclaimed Marlborough wine region, featuring over 70 wineries, Blenheim offers every opportunity to indulge your palate amid picturesque scenery.
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Christchurch

Christchurch is the perfect base from which to launch your Canterbury and South Island experience. There??s everything from hot-air ballooning, skiing and whale watching on offer.
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Dunedin

Memorable for its historical architecture, Dunedin is hailed as one of the most preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Just a short drive from central city, the Otago Peninsula offers the world's rarest penguins, and the only mainland breeding colony of the Royal albatross.
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Fox Glacier

Tucked into the rainforest-clad foothills of the Southern Alps, Fox Glacier township offers a range of quality accommodation, hotels & cafes. Local companies provide access to the Fox Glacier with guided walks, heli-hikes and scenic flights.
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Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier penetrates as far as the lower rainforests. Few sights equal the spectacle of the ??giant tongues of ice?? grinding down through temperate rainforest to just 250 metres above sea level (this is the only place in the world this occurs outside Argentina).
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Glenorchy

Travellers take a magnificent route along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, encountering breathtaking views of the lake, glaciers and sheer mountains, before arriving at Glenorchy - a charming village bordered by a World Heritage Area.
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Greymouth

Greymouth is the largest town, and commercial centre, of the West Coast region. Greymouth and the surrounding Grey Valley offer visitors a wide range of outdoor and historic experiences, including quad biking, river and cave rafting, guided walks and tours, helicopter flights, jade exhibits, historical and heritage site experiences and gold panning.
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Hanmer Springs

One of three alpine villages nestled in the region of Canterbury, Hanmer Springs is best known for its Thermal Reserve. This natural area of hot springs, which has been developed into a relaxing recreational area, is perfect after a day of adventure activities.
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Invercargill

Invercargill is New Zealand??s southernmost city, and the ideal base for a Southland holiday. Situated amongst parks, forests and the ocean, Invercargill is a place to relax and wander among the gardens, indulge in the many leisure activities and explore the walking tracks nearby.
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Kaikoura

Kaikoura??s combination of majestic mountains, and spectacular ocean scenery, never fails to inspire visitors. The town is famous for its resident Sperm Whales, which can be seen all year round on the harbour. Kaikoura is historically fascinating - with some of the country??s best examples of Maori ancestry.
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Methven

The central Canterbury village of Methven is a playground for all seasons. In winter, this alpine village is the launching pad to Mount Hutt, New Zealand??s largest and most reliable ski area. In summer, activities such as fishing, ballooning, jet-boating, golf and Lord of the Rings tours are readily available.
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Milford Sound

Wet or fine Milford is incredibly grand and is by far the best known of all of the fiords and the only one that can be accessed by road. A unique feature of the Milford Sound environment is life under the Fiord.
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Nelson

Nelson's beaches, bush and mountains have inspired a vibrant arts and craft scene. It has three national parks at its doorstep. Abel Tasman National Park is a coastal wonderland with captivating golden beaches. Nelson Lakes National Park offers lakeside tracks and tramping and skiing.
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Picton

A picturesque waterfront town and gateway to the Marlborough Sounds. Picton is the first port of call for those travelling on the ferry from Wellington to the South Island, with cafes, galleries, and heritage activities available on-shore.
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Punakaiki

Punakaiki is most famous for its Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Located in the Paparoa National Park, the area offers guided beach, forest and mountain walks, family canoeing, wildlife and horse trekking, surfing, caving and climbing, heritage sites or simply rest and relaxation.
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Queenstown

If you??re seeking action adventure sports, Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jetboating, tramping, mountain biking, snow sports ¨C even a simulated rocket launch. For more leisurely pursuits there are wine trails, golf, cruises, fishing, fine dining - or simply people watching along the banks of the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.
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Te Anau

Te Anau and Manapouri are the gateway to the Fiords, providing access to both Milford and Doubtful Sound. The town provides an excellent base to explore the Fiordland area, with a wide range of accommodation available. The Milford Lodge and Overnight Boats at Milford are the main accommodation options outside of Te Anau.
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Tekapo

Lake Tekapo village faces the mighty Southern Alps, Aoraki Mount Cook and overlooks the turquoise coloured lake which, with it??s neighbour Lake Pukaki, provide a sightseeing opportunity that is truly unique.
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Wanaka

As part of the Mount Aspiring National Park World Heritage area, Wanaka offers sublime outdoor experiences and also boasts two world-class ski resorts. Treble Cone is the largest ski area in the South Island and Cardrona Skifield has a base elevation of 1670m above sea level.
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Stewart Island

Of New Zealand's three main islands, Stewart Island is the southernmost and smallest. A wilderness character pervades much of this island. For anyone seeking peace and tranquillity, Stewart Island is the ultimate spot. There are superb bush walks and great launch cruises around some of New Zealand's most beautiful coastline.
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