South Island

The South Island of New Zealand is renowned for its natural beauty. This is evident in the multi award winning Lord of the Rings movie which was filmed in New Zealand. Christchurch is the South Islands largest city and is often referred to as the gateway to the South Island. Queenstown and Wanaka in the far south are famous for their adrenalin pumping activities such as bungy jumping, jet boating, zorbing and of course skiing. Awe inspiring landscapes dominate a lot of the South Island, see a changing landscape on the Tranz Alpine from the city of Christchurch right up into the Alpine regions of New Zealand, enjoy the magnificent Milford Sound aboard a cruise right up sound.

The South Island Regions are:

  • Nelson
  • Marlborough
  • West Coast
  • Canterbury
  • Dunedin
  • Lake Wanaka
  • Queenstown
  • Central Otago
  • Fiordland
  • Southland

The climate in the South Island is generally a cool temperate. In Christchurch the summer temperatures range from 22 degrees C during the day to 12 degrees C overnight. Winter temperatures range from 11 degrees during the day to as low as 1 degree C overnight. Of course the alpine regions of Queenstown, Wanaka and Mount Cook experience much lower winter temperatures with fantastic skiing areas for all of the winter months.

All in all the South Island holds adventure, natural beauty and breathtaking scenery for all to enjoy.