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Best places to visit on New Zealand’s South Island

Renowned for its picturesque mountains, panoramic views, stunning lakes and endless glaciers, New Zealand’s South Island is an absolute dream. Pack your suitcase, bring your camera and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime; the South Island is waiting for you. Here are just a few of our favourite places on the South Island – ready for you to discover!

Wineries, Central Otago

Central Otago’s rugged snow-capped mountains, vast landscapes and fast flowing rivers make it a popular destination for holiday makers.  Home to over 80 wineries, the area is renowned for its gourmet food and beverages, and wine tasting experiences. Here you can meet wine-makers, savour a delicious red or bike through vineyards at your own leisurely pace – guided tours are also available.

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Mt Cook/Aoraki

Mt Cook/Aoraki is not just New Zealand’s highest mountain, it’s also one of the country’s most picturesque spots. The mountain’s national park has a wide variety of walking, hiking and climbing tracks. You can also take part in a horse trek, fishing tour, scenic flight or boating experience on the Tasman Glacier Lake. Famous for it’s stunning night sky, we suggest doing a night tour.

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Larnach Castle, Dunedin

Comprising unique landscapes, historic architecture, rugged coastline and a rich culture, Dunedin has been crowned one of the Southern Hemisphere’s best-preserved Edwardian and Victorian cities. Lanarch Castle is a wonderful place to visit if history’s on your agenda. Built on a hill in 1871, the building offers views of the city and harbour whilst enjoying high tea. You can also take part in an educational tour, it’s really up to you.

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Street Art Trail, Christchurch

Christchurch’s CBD is home to an urban phenomenon taking the world by storm. Creative artists from across the globe are decorating the streets with colourful art pieces, ranging from small paintings to large murals. Bring your camera and take part in a guided city tour. Alternatively, explore the streets and experience the art at your own pace.

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Thrill seek in Queenstown

Referred to as the world’s adventure capital, Queenstown is a hub for thrill seekers! From the iconic Queenstown bungy-jumping to canyon swinging, whitewater rafting and jet boats, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to adrenaline. There are various companies in the area that specialise in creating the ultimate adventure combo, perfectly suited to your interests.

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Hokitika Gorge, West Coast

Hokitika Gorge is one of New Zealand’s most picturesque places, popular all year round. Surrounded by vivid turquoise water and lush native bush, you mustn’t forget the camera. Just four minutes from the car park is a viewing platform, accessible for wheelchairs. Here you can take epic photos of the gorge and the Kowhitirangi farmland, followed by a pleasant hike through the native bushland.

 

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Mt Aspiring National Park, Wanaka

Located in the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island, Mt Aspiring National Park is one of the world’s most pristine places. Comprising waterfalls, glaciers, braided rivers and lush native beech forest, it’s a haven for adventurers. Take part in a guided walk, climb the canyons, take a scenic flight across the park or test your limits jet boating – whichever you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

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