If you have limited time and are wondering which of New Zealand’s Islands is better to see then let me solve that dilemma for you, its New Zealand’s South Island. The South Island’s many wondrous and natural sights are second to none. I always recommend self-drive over a guided coach tour when visiting New Zealand. Although driving is on the left side you’ll find yourself adjusting fairly quickly. No special license is required and roads are well marketed and in great condition.
Here New Zealand’s South Island most popular sights.
1.Queenstown – Nestled on Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the Southern Alps, this is the Jewel of the South Island. It dubbed the ‘Adventure Capitol of the World’ with activities such as Skydiving, Jetboating, Luge, Riverboating and White water rafting.
2.Milford Sound – The Sound is located apprx 3.5 hrs drive from Queenstown. You’ll find a lush landscape with Fjords and a 1692 M-high Mitre Peaik. Truly stunning sight.
3.Dunedin – Its a university town, with a strong Scottish heritage surrounded by hills. It sits on a harbor with access to the Otoga Peninsula Wildlife – a large bird wildlife attraction. Here you can see the Royal Albatross, Yellow-eyed & Blue Penguin, Sea and Fur Sea Lions.
4.Christchurch – the largest city and commercial center of the South Island. A few years ago this city experienced an earthquake so the city is still working on rebuilding itself. Christchurch is the starting off point of the scenic TranzAlpine train and tour which take you to the Mt. Cook region.
5.Nelson – it’s the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park with a thriving arts & crafts scene. It’s a very quaint city center which has a lot of B&Bs. It’s also the gateway to the Marlborough Wine region – the largest winery region in New Zealand.
6.Mt. Cook. – this is the highest peak in New Zealand and the gateway to the Tasman Glacier. Mt. Cook is usually seen on a coach tour which travels from Christchurch to Queenstown (v.v)