While the North Island houses most of the population, the South Island of New Zealand packs the most punch when it comes to landscape. If you've come to New Zealand to see some impressive natural phenomenon, then this is the place to be. Here is our list of the top sights to see.
Take a Great Walk
New Zealand is famous for its Great Walks, majestic strolls through the rolling, unique landscape. Six of these eight walks take place in the South Island – the Milford Track, Routeburn Track, Abel Tasman Coastal Track, Heaphy Track, Kepler Track and Rakiura Track. So, make sure to pack your walking boots when you head south.
Look out for the Kiwi at Stewart Island
Stewart Island is a very, very special place to visit in New Zealand. Here, are the Raikura National Park, you will find a paradise of unspoilt beauty, with clean, clear water, gorgeous wildlife, beautiful landscapes and, of course, lots and lots of Kiwis.
Cruises on the Doubtful Sound
Doubtful Sound is an immaculate wilderness of reaching peaks, dense woodland and rare, beautiful wildlife. Take a cruise or a kayak and see dolphins, penguins and fur seals at play in this unblemished paradise.
If you're into adventure sports and outdoor activities, then Queenstown is the place for you. Here you can ski, hike, bike, bungy, sky dive, raft, canoe, balloon, jetboat and much, much more that will get your adrenalin pumping. Or, perhaps, you prefer a relaxing round of golf, followed by a cycle around the local vineyards and cruise through the lush landscape? All of this, and more, is on offer.
Often referred to as the wildlife capital of New Zealand, the Otago Peninsula is home to the Royal Albatros, the Yellow Eyed Penguin and the Hoiho, amongst many other rare and endangered species. That makes it a must see for animal lovers.
The TranzAlpine train
The TranzAlpine traina The TranzAlpine train starts off in Christchurch before darting through some of the most jaw dropping scenery you will see from any train in the world: beautiful farmland, the rolling Canterbury Plains, the deep and majestic Southern Alps and plush woodlands.