South Island Points of Interest and Places to Visit

South Island

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Milford Sound

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 194 Reviews

With its soaring cliffs, dramatic glacial valleys, and thundering waterfalls, it’s easy to see why Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s most visited sights. ...  Read more

Fiordland National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 497 Reviews

Sprawling along New Zealand’s southwest coast, Fiordland National Park represents the country at its most photogenic: jagged mountains, rugged glacial ...  Read more

Skyline Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 438 Reviews

Hang on tight! Skyline Queenstown affords the city’s best views, but the gondola ride isn’t for the faint of heart. Zipping up 1,475 feet (450 meters) to the ...  Read more

Franz Josef Glacier

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 381 Reviews

One of New Zealand’s most photographed natural wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Franz Josef Glacier serves up a dazzling landscape of ...  Read more

Christchurch Tramway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 85 Reviews

Hop aboard a vintage tram for a leisurely tour of central Christchurch. It’s the most relaxing, fun way to get your bearings and see the city's attractions ...  Read more

The Remarkables

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 52 Reviews

New Zealand’s outdoor playground, the Remarkables, located high in mountainous country, possesses a great sense of excitement for any visitor looking to rip-up ...  Read more

Larnach Castle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 Reviews

Built between 1873 and 1887, the Larnach Castle is the only castle in all of New Zealand. Sitting on a beautiful 35 acres, the castle grounds and interior are ...  Read more

Lake Wakatipu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Surrounded by mountains and shrouded in legend, Lake Wakatipu's crystal waters tempt visitors from near and far to enjoy its beauty. The longest lake on New ...  Read more

Fox Glacier

4.5 star rating: Recommended 103 Reviews

The striking Fox Glacier is one of the most accessible glaciers in the world and offers dazzling views of the river of ice as it travels through the valley ...  Read more

TranzAlpine Train

4.5 star rating: Recommended 98 Reviews

The TranzAlpine Train is New Zealand’s most spectacular train journey. It winds its way through the dramatic gorges and alpine forests of the Southern Alps, ...  Read more

Kawarau River

4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

If you’re a bungy enthusiast you’ll know that Kawarau River is the site of the world's first commercial bungy. It’s still possible to take a dive from the ...  Read more

Penguin Place

4.5 star rating: Recommended 41 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

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 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

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

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

International Antarctic Centre

4 star rating: Recommended 132 Reviews

Experience everything you want to know about the icy continent of Antarctica at the International Antarctic Centre, from indoor ice storms to Hagglund rides ...  Read more

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