New Zealand South Island AttractionsSouth Island New Zealand Attractions
11 Must do experience on the South Island
Soak up the beautiful Hooker Valley Track on a simple walk, take a bird's perspective look or take a cruise in the blue turbid environment. From near the sea, it is our best place to spend the best time of the year. With a 3,000 sq. m. large ball room, a lighthouse overlooking the Otago Peninsula and breathtaking Victorian-style landscaped grounds, Larnach Castle is a must.
There are over 240 km of hiking trails to choose from touring at your own speed and exploring the island's beauty. Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers the magnificent Milfordand Doubtful Sounds, which you can enjoy by ferry, plane or on feet.
The best way to reach Fiordland National Park is through the scenic city of Te Anau. It is home to lonely bays, historical places, sea reservations and valuable island reservations that promote kiwis and other indigenous varieties. From Ship Cove you can enjoy the views from Queen Charlotte Track on foot or by bike.
Christchurch is the pulsating town and the ideal starting point for your South Island trip. From ascending hills to tranquil plains, crevasses and blue lagoons, discovering the wildlife of Mount Aspiring National Park is an immersive one. The World Heritage Site is easy to reach from Wanaka and offers great activity for all nature enthusiasts: hiking, climbing, jet-boating, aerial view or even swimming.
When you are looking for a really sensational stopover on the South Island, you should take a look at the Hokitika Gorge. Hokitika Gorge is one of those places. Vibrant blue waters, encircled by luxuriant indigenous shrubs, look too good to be real, but believe us, it's definitely a worthwhile vist.
Hokitika gorge is 33 km from Hokitika on the west coast. Abel Tasman National Park's protected coves are ideal for yachting or canoeing, with plenty of opportunities to see the seal and dolphin that frequently inhabit these coastlines. For those who would rather travel by road, the reserve is an ideal place for hiking.
Walk the Abel Tasman Coastal Track and along the coast line through indigenous scrub, past calcareous rocks and along gilded sands.