South Islandthe South Island
New Zealand's South Island is characterised by large, open countryside and a feeling of spaciousness and liberty. The South Island, separated by a spine of hills fittingly named the South Alps, has stunning snow-capped hills and shallow, pristine fjords, vast south facing birch woods, vast open plain and sandy shores.
In general colder and dryer than on the North Island, but don't ignore sunscreen and T-shirts - the temperature is regularly above 30°C (86°F) in summers. A majestic landscape of the Southern Alps, which extends as far as the plain of Canterbury. Contains the biggest of the island, Christchurch. Pictorial alpine ponds, snow-capped hills falling into fjords, the lovely Queenstown and the academic Dunedin.
New Zealand's South Island is the bigger of the two major isles, although it has fewer inhabitants and is sometimes called the" mainland" - especially by the South Islanders. The South Island is geographic domination of the Southern Alpine region. The division of the island means that the Alpine region influences the climatic and floral conditions.
The majority of the South Island's protected areas are along the route. In general, the west coast is moister and colder than the eastern, and the northern part of the island is warm than the southern. Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill and Nelson are the major towns, although the major tourist attraction is rare in the city.
It is the biggest and has a certain English flair, although it is definitely a new-world town. It was colonised by Scottish Presbyterians and is very proud of these origins. And it also felt older than other New Zealand towns because it was constructed at the end of the nineteenth centuary with goldrush funds, but has since been outdone by larger and Brazilian towns in the north.
Although still very young by Europe's standard (although it was the second largest town in New Zealand), Nelson has a very South Pacific flair with palms and the long, gentle sloping and protected sandy beaches of Tahunanui. It is Christchurch, the largest South Island intercontinental hub with Pacific connections.
Dunnedin and Queenstown have a flight from Australia. There are regular services to South Island from many major international airlines, such as Picton, Blenheim, Nelson, Takaka, Westport, Kaikoura, Greymouth, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin and Queenstown. The Invercargill International Terminal has a flight to Stewart Island. The Christchurch International offers flight to the Chatham Islands. An outstanding railway line is the Christchurch - Greymouth Tranzalpine, which traverses the Southern Alps at the Arthurs Pass.
South Island streets differ in terms of road safety and transport, but as long as they are handled with care, they will work well for you. Best route (and therefore cheapest prices) are in Picton when you come from the boat and Christchurch. The Jayride is a good site, especially developed for car-pooling in New Zealand.
You can find more information on the New Zealand page. South Island has become the home of adventure tourism.