South Island

South Island Attractions

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Penguin Place

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Penguin Place is the incredible feat of Howard McGrouther, who began the reserve in 1985 in order to protect the endangered yellow-eyed penguin. Funded ...  Read more

Picton

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Funky, homely and remarkably scenic, Picton is the South Island’s northern surprise. Known for its cruise port and ferries to Wellington, many visitors visit ...  Read more

Doubtful Sound

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 127 Reviews

Breathtaking Doubtful Sound is one of the most pristine wilderness areas in the world. A striking place of soaring peaks and still, calm waters it is ...  Read more

Lake Manapouri

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 91 Reviews

Stunning Lake Manapouri surrounded by the majestic Cathedral Ranges and dotted with thirty-four islands, is beautiful and impressive. The mountains, which ...  Read more

Walter Peak High Country Farm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 54 Reviews

Experience the tranquility of New Zealand’s South Island farm life with a visit to Walter Peak High Country Farm, a working sheep and cow station. The remote ...  Read more

Mount Cook (Aoraki)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

The highest peak in New Zealand, the magnificent Mt. Cook (Aoraki) stands 12,349 feet (3,764 meters) tall. The Maori name Aoraki means "cloud ...  Read more

Otago Central

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

If you're seeking the thrill of a fine glass of wine or a round of golf then Central Otago could be just your place. The hottest, coldest and driest part of ...  Read more

Tasman Glacier

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

The Tasman Glacier is a geology lesson in action. The largest glacier in the Southern Alps, the massive sheet of ice is slowly flowing south along the ...  Read more

Picton Cruise Port

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Small but lively, Picton may be one of the sunniest ports in New Zealand. Located at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, it links the country’s South Island ...  Read more

Lake Te Anau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

When it comes to the dreamlike landscape of Fiordland, the mountainous peaks might provide the drama, but it’s the shimmering lakes that provide the contour. ...  Read more

Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

The South Island of New Zealand is truly a land of enchanting fire and ice. Already known for the snowcapped Southern Alps and glaciers which lap their down ...  Read more

Skippers Canyon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

What was once gold-miners territory is now one of New Zealand’s most scenic tour destinations--with breathtaking mountain views and the always beautiful ...  Read more

Banks Peninsula

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

The Banks Peninsula is a side of Christchurch that too many visitors miss out on. This mostly-undeveloped, circular peninsula juts out from Christchurch like ...  Read more

The Octagon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Few city centers are as unique as Dunedin’s. Known by the locals as the Octagon, this eight-sided plaza is a hub for residents—particularly when it comes to ...  Read more

Mitre Peak

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Set smack in the middle of Milford Sound, Mitre Peak is the undisputed star in an already impressive show. Craggy, lonely and often shrouded in mist, this ...  Read more

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