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South Island

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Entertainment Centers · Bodies of Water · Hiking Trails

Māui's Canoe

The wilder of New Zealand's two main islands, South Island offers a feast of nature in all its glory. Extensive, untouched plains connect alpine landscapes with rugged shorelines, creating a home for an abundance of animals and vegetation, on land and in the rich surrounding waters. Renowned as a window to the natural world before man (something that scores of film directors have tapped into over the years), South Island folds its cities and townships into the surrounding landscape, their populations adding something singular to the mix. On your trip to South Island, you'll witness the awe-inspiring cultural heritage of the Maori, whose art and architecture complements the developments of the colonial legacy. The result is a land of characterful buildings, rolling vineyards, and free-spirited adventure. Use our New Zealand itinerary maker to plan your trip to South Island and other destinations in New Zealand.
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Places to visit in South Island

Queenstown BEST FOR: Entertainment Center, Water Sport, Spa Te Anau BEST FOR: World heritage site, Water Body, Cave Fox Glacier BEST FOR: World heritage site, Hiking Trail, Scenic Walking Area Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) BEST FOR: World heritage site, Hiking Trail, Observatory Christchurch BEST FOR: Garden, Specialty Museum, Church

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Trails in South Island

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