South Island

South Island Attractions

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Sumner Beach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Even though a scant eight miles separate Sumner from the city center of Christchurch, this coastal suburb set right on the beach may as well be its own ...  Read more

Dunedin Cruise Port

4.5 star rating: Recommended 67 Reviews

Dunedin Cruise Port Known as the architectural heritage capital of New Zealand, Dunedin was once the largest and wealthiest city in the country.  Sitting on ...  Read more

Akaroa Harbour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 59 Reviews

Meaning 'Long Harbor,' Akaroa is a port town with a decidedly French flavor, as descendants of the town's original French settlers still live here. Streets ...  Read more

Olveston

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

The Olveston House is a must-see sight in Dunedin, and the 1-hour tours are an incredible walk through this decadent, ornate, and elegant mansion. Built in ...  Read more

Shotover River

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

In the late 1800s, the Shotover River was a storied outpost of gold, prospectors, and wilderness. Dust-covered panhandlers would camp in canyons in the ...  Read more

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

4 star rating: Recommended 87 Reviews

Have a memorable hands-on meeting with New Zealand's unique animals at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Mixing lighthearted entertainment with more serious ...  Read more

Akaroa Cruise Port

4 star rating: Recommended 60 Reviews

Akaroa Cruise Port Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement not far from Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island. Set on a long harbor and ...  Read more

Banks Peninsula

4 star rating: Recommended 22 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

Avon River

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

To the native Maori, the Avon River was an area of swampland which was used as a seasonal fishing spot. The area around the rivermouth was mostly ...  Read more

Picton Cruise Port

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

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

Air Force Museum

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

For such an isolated country, New Zealand has a lengthier military history than you would expect from the island nation.  After all, with its ties to England ...  Read more

Bridge of Remembrance

Located at the center of town in what many are deeming the “New Christchurch”, the Bridge of Remembrance is a historical monument that holds significance for ...  Read more

Canterbury Museum

Much like the fascinating Te Papa Museum in Wellington, the Canterbury Museum offers an in-depth look at the history and culture of Christchurch. Located in ...  Read more

Cashel Street (Re:Start Mall)

There was once a time when busy Cashel Street was the thumping heart of Christchurch. With the devastating destruction of the 2011 earthquake, however, the ...  Read more

Coronet Peak

Located only 25 minutes from the adventure capital of Queenstown, Coronet Peak is one of the most popular ski resorts on the entire South Island of New ...  Read more

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