South Island

Things to Do & Attractions in South Island

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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 ...  Read more

Akaroa Cruise Port

4 star rating: Recommended 213 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 171 Reviews

Although it's located in a former British colony, Akaroa Harbour is decidedly French—down to the baguettes and street names—as this Christchurch enclave was ...  Read more

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 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

Arthur's Pass National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 32 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

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

Baldwin Street

When walking up Dunedin’s Baldwin Street, don’t be ashamed if you need to stop and catch your breath for a while. After all, this short, steep, concrete ...  Read more

Banks Peninsula

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

Stretching across the Avon River at the end of the Cashel Street Mall, the Bridge of Remembrance was built in 1923 to honor the men who bravely fought in ...  Read more

Burkes Pass

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 1 Review

Burkes Pass is a small town and a mountain pass in South Canterbury. In earlier times a pioneer township, it’s now a heritage site easy to visit when headed ...  Read more

Cadbury World

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Eating a creamy Cadbury egg is a decadent chocolate experience, and everything is amplified when doing so inside Cadbury World in Dunedin. Set in the heart of ...  Read more

Canterbury

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Located in the middle of the South Island, Canterbury is the largest region in New Zealand. Bordered by the Southern Alps on one side and the Pacific Ocean on ...  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)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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

Christchurch Art Centre

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

The Arts Centre of Christchurch was long the creative hub of the city. Located in Gothic Revival buildings that were once home to the University of ...  Read more

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