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South Island


Take a trip to the South Island on your New Zealand vacation.

New Zealand is made up of two major islands. Simply called North and South Islands, they contrast not only the country’s terrain and physical features but also its character and attractions. The South Island has spectacular scenery consisting of lush valleys, snow-covered mountains, and rugged coasts. Its breathtaking natural landscapes are a highlight of any New Zealand vacation.

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Marlborough Sounds

The Marlborough Sounds, made up of sheltered waterways, meanders for more than 600 miles (966 km) around secluded coves and pristine beaches, with many spots accessible only by boat. The area offers those on New Zealand tour opportunities for cruising, sailing, diving and fishing. The Queen Charlotte Walkway, one of New Zealand's walking tracks, contains both bush and coastal scenery. Marlborough's long, hot summers and frosty, clear winters make it ideal for grape growing and its 30 wineries produce some of the world's finest white and sparkling wines. These can be sampled on wine tours around Blenheim, a busy provincial town of pleasant parks and gardens, which enjoys more sunshine than anywhere else in the country.


Kaikoura, two hours south of Blenheim was once famous for its rock lobsters but is today better known as one of the few places in the world where it is possible to view, at close range, huge sperm whales, along with dolphins, seals and great marine birds. A whale-watching tour from Kaikoura is one of New Zealand’s most exciting and reliable wildlife encounters.


With a mild climate, Nelson is a large fruit-growing region in New Zealand and supplies the nation's tobacco and hops. Small boutique wineries, often with cafes, flourish in the Moutere's protected, sun-drenched valleys where you will also come across local breweries and roadside produce stands. Quality art studios and craft shops abound in the city and surrounding district, making it a worthwhile addition to many New Zealand tours.

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