South Island

South Island Attractions

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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

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

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

Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

A fabulous UNESCO World Heritage area measuring 700 square kilometers (434 square miles), Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park stretches from Westland to ...  Read more

Arthur's Pass National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

This superbly scenic national park is in Central Canterbury, rising out of the plains. A magnet for wintertime skiers and summertime hikers, Arthur’s Pass ...  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

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

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

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

4.5 star rating: Recommended 62 Reviews

Christchurch is known as the garden city, an Anglophile settlement of well-tended gardens and tree-lined streets. Pride of place in this flower-loving town ...  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

Doubtful Sound

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 100 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

Dunedin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 68 Reviews

Known as the Edinburgh of the south, the charming city of Dunedin is a wonderful vacation spot for visitors of all interests. Known primarily for its ...  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

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