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South Island Attractions

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Sumner Beach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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 134 Reviews

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

Akaroa Harbour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 84 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

Shotover River

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 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

Kaikoura

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

If you like the water and all things that call it home, you will like Kaikoura. Marine mammals tend to capture visitors attention in this coastal town tucked ...  Read more

Christchurch Gondola

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Enjoy a bird’s-eye view from more than 1,640 feet (500 meters) above sea level on the Christchurch Gondola. Take in 360-degree views as the Christchurch ...  Read more

Dunedin Railway Station

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Known by locals as “Gingerbread George” because of its ornate architecture, the Dunedin Railway Station in New Zealand’s South Island was designed by George ...  Read more

Waimakariri River

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Traveling from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, Waimakariri is a Maori term meaning “cold water.” Known for its scenery, the Waimakariri River is also ...  Read more

Lake Tekapo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

The turquoise-colored lake set among a mountain backdrop will wow you by day, but when the sun sets, the stars come out and give you another reason to love ...  Read more

The Octagon

4.5 star rating: 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

Akaroa Cruise Port

4 star rating: Recommended 104 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

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

4 star rating: Recommended 62 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

Waipara Springs Winery

4 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Started in the early 1980s, the Waipara Springs Winery can brag about having some of the oldest vines in the Waipara Valley. Across more than 64 acres (26 ...  Read more

Church of the Good Shepherd

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Built in 1935 as a memorial to the pioneers of Mackenzie County, The Church of the Good Shepherd attracts visitors from around the world. The Church is set on ...  Read more

Royal Albatross Centre

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

One of the incredible things about South Island is the unique wildlife opportunities available to visitors, and The Royal Albatross Centre is a perfect ...  Read more

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