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Things To Do In South Island

The South Island of New Zealand harbours so many amazing sights and experiences. It is an unparalleled haven for breathtaking natural wonders and unforgettable experiences. From the soaring peaks of the Southern Alps to the pristine coastal landscapes, the region captivates visitors with its diverse offerings. Every corner of the South Island ... Show More

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Mt Cook Bus Tour & Heli Hike Combo from Queenstown

Mt Cook Bus Tour &...

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Mitre Peak Scenic Helicopter Flight - Milford Helicopters

Mitre Peak Scenic Hel...

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Pilot Choice - 35-minute Twin Glacier Flight

Pilot Choice - 35-min...

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Scenic Mail Run Tour

Scenic Mail Run Tour

Join us and discover the magnificent natural beauty and isolation of the Eastern ......

Classic Wine Tour - Departs Queenstown daily (1.30pm to 5.00pm)

Activity LocationQueenstown

Be whisked away to Queenstown’s neighboring wine region, Gibbston, where you will spend the afternoon leisurely explor ...

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Discover Doubtful Sound - Te Anau Helicopters

Activity LocationManapouri, Fiordland

This helicopter flight takes you over the Fiordland National Park to Doubtful Sound.

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Spooners Tunnel (One day Self-Guided Cycle Tour)

Activity LocationNelson

Cycle through the longest disused Rail Tunnel in the southern hemisphere then after an exhilarating 10 km downhill ride ...

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Bike The Wineries Full Day

Activity LocationQueenstown

Ride from the historic gold-mining town of Arrowtown out to the Gibbston Valley wine region on this full day, self-guide ...

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Scenic Flights - Fiordland Helicopters

Activity LocationTe Anau, Fiordland

Fiordland Helicopters was formed in the mid-1980s. With hangars in both Te Anau and Orawia (just outside of Tuatapere), ...

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Hop on Hop off Wine and Beer Tour Queenstown

Activity LocationQueenstown

The most reasonably priced wine tour in the region! The freedom to visit a variety of fantastic locations including; wi ...

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Boutique Wine Tour (11am to 4.30pm)

Activity LocationQueenstown

Relax and be whisked away into the splendid wine country of Central Otago. Your wine guide will immerse you in an after ...

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Rock Climbing Tour- Christchurch

Activity LocationChristchurch, Canterbury

Spend a day at one of Christchurch's most spectacular rock climbing areas - If you’re entirely new to climbing and wan ...

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Hop on Hop off Wine and Beer Afternoon Tour Queenstown

Activity LocationQueenstown

The most reasonably priced wine tour in the region offering the freedom to visit a variety of great locations, including ...

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Milford Track Day Walk - Lake Te Anau

Activity LocationTe Anau, Fiordland

Experience the Milford Track, one of New Zealand’s most famous hiking trails independently. Take a boat journey betwee ...

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Stevensons Is Cruise & Nature Walk

Activity LocationWanaka

Take a luxury catamaran to discover Stevensons Island on Lake Wanaka with a 2 hour small group cruise and an optional na ...

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Bike The Wineries Half Day

Activity LocationQueenstown

On this self-guided wineries cycling tour you are given exclusive access to an informative winery map. Your guide will c ...

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Sledging

Activity LocationQueenstown

Enjoy rapids, waves and the beautiful Kawarau River on a sturdy, easy to hold, very buoyant manoeuvrable sledge. The sle ...

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Silver River Stargazing Tour

Activity LocationLake Tekapo, Canterbury

Silver River™ Stargazing is Lake Tekapo’s leading small group stargazing tour. Large telescopes, small groups & ...

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Dusky Sound Scenic Flight - Te Anau Helicopters

Activity LocationTe Anau, Fiordland

Special Features: Aerial mountain and lake views on the way to Dusky Sound. Breathe in the fresh Fiordland air during ...

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Arrowtown To Queenstown: A Mountain Biking Adventure Ride

Activity LocationQueenstown

Ride from historic Arrowtown along 35 km of beautiful bike trails back to Queenstown

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Abel Tasman Experience with helicopter landing at Awaroa Beach for up to 3 people

Activity LocationAbel Tasman

Depart from our heli-base at Nelson Airport in a private helicopter for up to 3 people. Following the beautiful coastlin ...

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Milford Sound Flyover

Activity LocationQueenstown

Experience the 'Eighth Wonder of the World' by air. Fly over the magnificent fiord, carved by ancient glaciers, famous f ...

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West Coast Treetop Walk & Tower Zipline

Activity LocationHokitika, West Coast

Treetop Walkway Adventure If you find yourself wondering what there is to do in New Zealand, the South Island, or even ...

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Christchurch to Queenstown One Way Tour, Via Mt Cook & Lake Tekapo

Activity LocationChristchurch, Canterbury

Christchurch To Queenstown via Mt Cook & Lake Tekapo. This one-way, small group, fully guided day trip combines all ...

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Kahu Kayaks Freedom Rentals

Activity LocationAbel Tasman

Freedom kayaking gives you the independence to see the wonders of the coastline at your own pace. Kahu Kayaks will equip ...

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Mou Waho Island Cruise & Nature Walk

Activity LocationWanaka

Combine the luxury of a big boat cruise through the outstanding mountain scenery of Lake Wanaka with a guided nature wal ...

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Queenstown to Franz Josef via Wanaka

Activity LocationQueenstown

Explore the stunning and renowned West Coast via Wānaka on a fully-guided small group tour from Queenstown. Experience ...

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Milford Sound Cruise

Activity LocationMilford Sound, Fiordland

Join Pure Milford for the scenic cruise of a lifetime. Our famously friendly skipper and crew will welcome you aboard t ...

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Full Day Guided Walk and Picnic on Banks Peninsula

Activity LocationChristchurch, Canterbury

Our top-notch guided 1-day walk on Banks Peninsula, a spectacular extinct volcano within 30 minutes of Christchurch.

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Milford Sound Tour & Cruise with Picnic Lunch

Activity LocationMilford Sound, Fiordland

Milford Sound Tour & Cruise, this small group, fully-guided day trip combines the amazing return journey to Milford ...

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Scenic Flights - Southern Lakes Helicopters

Activity LocationTe Anau, Fiordland

When a place is so special it’s been awarded World Heritage status, seeing it from the air is an absolute Must-Do. Fro ...

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Milford Sound Fly-Cruise-Fly

Activity LocationQueenstown

Our most popular scenic flight option, this package lets you experience the sheer scale and staggering beauty of the sou ...

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Milford Sound Heli-Cruise-Heli

Activity LocationQueenstown

The ultimate way to experience Milford Sound and Fiordland. Enjoy spectacular aerial views as we fly from Glenorchy to M ...

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Meet our friendly alpacas at Shamarra Alpacas in beautiful Akaroa

Activity LocationAkaroa, Canterbury

Full of attitude, seriously cute and very, very photogenic – come and meet our friendly award winning alpacas. Just ...

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Mt Cook Supreme - 60-minute Glacier Flight

Activity LocationFranz Josef, West Coast

About If you're seeking to experience the real West Coast, we would love for you to join us on a helicopter flight to s ...

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Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly

Activity LocationQueenstown

Milford Sound is an area of extraordinary beauty. It offers a majestic fiord, dramatic and awe inspiring scenery and pro ...

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Bat Walk Tour

Activity LocationSouthland

On this two hour tour we will take you to a survey area where bats are known to fly over at dusk, giving you the best po ...

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4WD Sea-Kayaking Safari Tour at Pohatu Marine Reserve

Activity LocationAkaroa, Canterbury

Explore the towering volcanic cliffs, reefs and sea caves of Pohatu marine reserve en encounter its unique wildlife.

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Magical Mapua (One Day Self-guided Cycle Tour)

Activity LocationNelson

Cycle from Nelson to Magical Mapua on the Great Taste Trail, one of New Zealand's Great Rides. Discover the charm and b ...

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Nelson is even more beautiful from a helicopter!

Activity LocationNelson

Grab the family or some friends for an awesome mountain adventure where you'll feel on top of the world! Fly over farml ...

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Tūhura Otago Museum Science Centre Day Pass

Activity LocationDunedin

Come visit the largest science centre in New Zealand. With a Tropical Forest filled with live exotic butterflies, and lo ...

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60 minute Jet boat ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

Activity LocationQueenstown

Queenstown’s original Jet boat operator, KJet takes you on a wild 60 minute high speed Jet boat ride across three wate ...

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Arrowtown To Gibbston Valley: A Half-Day Bike Ride

Activity LocationQueenstown

Cycling fans who enjoy spending time in nature—this is the perfect option for you! After a van shuttle from Queenstown ...

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Nature at Night

Activity LocationSouthland

A small group tour to explore nature in the night time. Encounter long-tailed bats, experience a colony of luminescent g ...

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Sutherland Falls Scenic Flight - Milford Helicopters

Activity LocationMilford Sound, Fiordland

Special Features: Sights of the iconic scenic views Milford Sound is known for. Aerial views of the Milford Track and ...

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Glacier Galore Helicopter Flight with Landing - Milford Helicopters

Activity LocationMilford Sound, Fiordland

Climb out from Milford Sound Airport and up past Harrison's Cove, see sheer cliffs dwarf the surrounding rivers before a ...

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Boutique Wine Tour

Activity LocationWanaka

Discover some of Wanaka and Central Otago’s wonderful vineyards and scenery, while meeting some of the numerous charac ...

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Daves Diving Kaikoura

Activity LocationKaikoura, Canterbury

Join us to experience kelp forests, octopus, stingray, native fish species, spectacular biodiversity and so much more. W ...

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Lochmara Day Trips

Activity LocationQueen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough

Cruise to Lochmara, one of Marlborough's most popular destinations, taking in the surrounding beautiful Queen Charlotte ...

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Trails of Middle Earth

Activity LocationQueenstown

Epic Adventures to the Real Middle Earth and Back Again! We’ll take you to the original film locations and put YOU in ...

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Ultimate Discovery - 45-minute Three-Glacier Flight

Activity LocationFranz Josef, West Coast

About If you're seeking to experience the real West Coast, we would love for you to join us on a helicopter flight to s ...

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Milford Sound Coach & Cruise Tour

Activity LocationQueenstown

Join Pure Milford for all all inclusive day tour to magical Milford Sound from Queenstown. Enjoy informative commentary ...

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Private Vineyard Tour by car

Activity LocationBlenheim, Marlborough

Journey through the vines to explore the Cloudy Bay terroir and gain insight into what creates the flavours and aromas o ...

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Discover Christchurch Tour

Activity LocationChristchurch, Canterbury

This is the perfect way to explore Christchurch City in a day. We collect and drop off from your accommodation in Chri ...

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Gourmet Food and Wine Tour - Departs Queenstown (9.30am - 4.00pm)

Activity LocationQueenstown

Experience an indulgent and diverse full day tour showcasing the very best sights and tastes from the Central Otago regi ...

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Heli-Picnic for up to 6 people in a private helicopter at a remote Alpine Lake

Activity LocationAbel Tasman

Enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic at a hidden alpine lake. Fly north from our base at Nelson Airport, over the Abel Tasm ...

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Discovery Cruise

Activity LocationTe Anau, Fiordland

Join Peter & Cruise Te Anau for a boutique 3 hour Discovery Cruise to the beautiful and tranquil South Fiord of Lake ...

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Guided sea kayak safari in Akaroa

Activity LocationAkaroa, Canterbury

Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari’s sea kayaking tours are sure to bring out your adventurous spirit! We are Akaroa’s premi ...

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Affinity Cruises

Activity LocationPicton, Marlborough

We take you further and get you closer than the larger vessels. Our smaller size means we can navigate through narrow wa ...

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24/48 Hour Pohatu Package at a Penguin Colony!

Activity LocationAkaroa, Canterbury

Have it all included in of our overnight stay in our historic and cosy private rooms in the middle of the penguin colony ...

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Single Kayak Hire

Activity LocationWanaka

Immerse yourself in Lake Wanaka with the freedom to explore at your own pace on a kayak or paddle board. Enjoy the calm ...

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Central Otago Heli Gold Wine Tour

Activity LocationQueenstown

Enjoy an all-day tour of Central Otago’s stunning vineyards by Helicopter and Jeep Wrangler. Life is all about the ...

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Queenstown Luxury Private tour (Full day) for up to 4 people

Activity LocationQueenstown

Travelling through glacial valleys, around towering mountains and stopping off at spectacular vineyards and historic tow ...

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Milford Sound Extraordinaire Tour

Activity LocationTe Anau, Fiordland

This is Fiordland Tours’ signature tour – an extended day trip to Milford Sound from Te Anau that ensures you see al ...

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Kayaking

Activity LocationQueen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough

Why not try one of our kayaking trips to experience the sounds of nature in our tranquil Marlborough Sounds? The Marl ...

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Seafood Odyssea Cruise

Activity LocationPicton, Marlborough

Relax and enjoy the stunning Marlborough Sounds with the exclusive afternoon Seafood Odyssea Cruise, departing Picton. ...

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Premium Giant™ 2022 E-Bike Hire

Activity LocationQueenstown

Recommended 1/2 day: Frankton Trail OR Full Day - Arrowtown & back to Queenstown

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The Siberia Experience

Activity LocationWanaka

Experience NZ’s best half day New Zealand wilderness adventure with Southern Alps Air. Fly, Walk, and Jet boat amongs ...

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Seal Kayak Tour

Activity LocationKaikoura, Canterbury

Seal Kayak Kaikoura is the first kayak tour of its kind in New Zealand that allows you to either pedal or paddle. You� ...

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Wild Hills Off Road Safari

Activity LocationWanaka

Words fail to describe how utterly spectacular this 4WD adventure through West Wanaka High Country Station is. Wild and ...

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Bike The Lake Dunstan Trail With A Return Luxury Mercedes Shuttle

Activity LocationQueenstown

Experience one of NZ's Official Great Rides - 42km of purpose built trail. Bike from Cromwell to historic Clyde, meet th ...

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Queenstown Wine, Beer and Gin Tour | Adults Only - Departs Queenstown Daily (3pm to 6:30pm)

Activity LocationQueenstown

Immerse yourself in Central Otago wines, craft beers and gins as you imbibe over 12 tastings at a latitude of 45° south ...

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Full day Intro to Rock Climbing

Activity LocationWanaka

It’s no surprise that our ‘Introduction To Rock Climbing’ is our most popular trip. You will experience outdoor r ...

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Premium Milford Sound Tour Including Cruise, Lunch & Return Flight

Activity LocationQueenstown

Our small group, fully-guided day trip combines the amazing journey to Milford Sound with a boutique Milford Sound Cruis ...

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2 Hour Nature Safari in Akaroa Wildside Conservation Area

Activity LocationAkaroa, Canterbury

Join a 4WD safari to the spectacular, award winning Wildside Conservation area

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Castle Hill

Activity LocationChristchurch, Canterbury

Explore Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti and inland Canterbury from Christchurch. Food, local guide and transport included.

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Wanaka High Country Walk

Activity LocationWanaka

This is the Wanaka most locals have never seen. We take you well off the beaten track exploring private backroads high i ...

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Shackleton Whiskey Endurance - 50-minute Glacier Flight

Activity LocationFranz Josef, West Coast

About Savor a complimentary sampling of the renowned Shackleton Whiskey, inspired by the very spirit of endurance that ...

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Dingleburn Discovery

Activity LocationWanaka

This is one of the most thrilling and spectacular backroad journeys in New Zealand. Your expert guide skillfully negotia ...

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Aoraki/ Mt Cook Scenic Flights

Activity LocationMt Cook, Canterbury

Based at Aoraki/Mt Cook airport Southern Lakes Helicopters offer spectacular scenic flights throughout the Aoraki/Mt Coo ...

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Wild North West Mountain to Sea by private helicopter

Activity LocationNelson

A flight of a lifetime covering the north-western tip of the South Island - two National Parks, an alpine lake, a remote ...

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Queenstown to Mt Cook One Way Tour

Activity LocationQueenstown

Queenstown to Mt Cook Tour 1 way, this small group, fully-guided transfer allows you to travel to Mt Cook in style and s ...

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Earnslaw Burn Express

Activity LocationQueenstown

Our most popular experience. The Earnslaw Burn boasts an incredible hanging glacier and cascading waterfalls. It's our f ...

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Cave Stream- Lets go caving

Activity LocationChristchurch, Canterbury

Discover two of Canterbury’s natural wonders- Go caving and explore Castle Hill /Kura Tawhiti. Your local guide will e ...

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Massage

Activity LocationQueenstown

Indulge Mobile Spa delivers the best massage in Queenstown. Winners of Luxury Travel Guide’s Mobile Massage Service of ...

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Cruise Ship day Hop on Hop off Yealands & Marlborough Tour

Activity LocationPicton, Marlborough

Hop on Hop off wine tours is now offering a new experience at one of the most unique wineries in the world. Join us on t ...

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Southern Glacier Experience

Activity LocationQueenstown

Awe-inspiring views of the Southern Alps and Mount Aspiring National Park on a premier 50 minute trip.

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Double Kayak Hire

Activity LocationWanaka

Immerse yourself in Lake Wanaka with the freedom to explore at your own pace on a kayak or paddle board. Enjoy the calm ...

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Milford Sound, Southern Alps and Fiordland National Park Heli Flight

Activity LocationQueenstown

Discover the enormity of the Southern Alps and Fiordland National Park.

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Kahu Kayaks Guided Tours

Activity LocationAbel Tasman

Kahu Kayaks' guided kayaking tours in the Abel Tasman offer a taste of adventure, serenity by the bucket load and more s ...

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Aoraki / Mt Cook Luxury Private tour for up to 4 people

Activity LocationQueenstown

Beginning your adventure with a scenic drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge, sit back and enjoy the constantly evolvin ...

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Marlborough Hop on Hop off Wine and Beer Tour

Activity LocationPicton, Marlborough

Hop on and discover the Wonders of Marlborough: Wineries, Museums, Activities, Breweries, Shopping, Restaurants and more ...

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Bay Ride

Activity LocationQueenstown

Learn to ride and go for a glide. The 1hr Bay Ride can fit into any schedule for an experience of how much fun these mac ...

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Earnslaw Burn Heli-Hike

Activity LocationQueenstown

The Earnslaw Burn with its hanging glacier and cascading waterfalls really is New Zealand’s best-kept secret, and our ...

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Milford Sound Fly-Cruise-Fly Ex Wanaka

Activity LocationWanaka

You won't believe your eyes when you Fly from Wanaka across the Southern Alps to Milford Sound. All passengers enjoy exc ...

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Snowshoeing Experience

Activity LocationQueenstown

This is a real snow adventure in a true alpine environment. The Remarkables Range offers fantastic terrain to explore an ...

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Milford, Lakes and Sutherland Falls

Activity LocationQueenstown

Experience the untouched paradise of Fiordland as we fly deep into the world-renowned national park. Enjoy breathtaking ...

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Walking tour- Packhorse Hut from Chrsitchurch

Activity LocationChristchurch, Canterbury

A guided scenic drive & day walk to Packhorse Hut - Visiting 4 historic stone "rest houses" that were once ...

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3 HOUR PRIVATE CHARTER

Activity LocationQueenstown

Excellent for corporate events and team building! Book a private fishing charter for special bonding time or for your ne ...

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The Gold Discovery Trail Horse Trek

Activity LocationWanaka

Let your horse take you across the Cardrona River while keeping a keen eye out for gold along the way! Learn about the g ...

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Milford Sound Landing

Activity LocationQueenstown

Experience the 'Eighth Wonder of the World' by air. Fly over the magnificent fiord, carved by ancient glaciers, famous f ...

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Kaikōura Ziplining & Native forest trail

Activity LocationKaikoura, Canterbury

Set amongst native bush on a working farm just 15 minutes south of Kaikōura township, EcoZip Adventures is an award-win ...

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River Surfing

Activity LocationQueenstown

Conquer grade 3 rapids, standing waves and whirlpools! The high volume Kawarau River bursts with adrenaline, and this ...

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3 HOUR SHARED CHARTER

Activity LocationQueenstown

A lot can happen in three hours… and joining a small group on this charter, fishing alongside seasoned fishermen, will ...

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Frequently Asked Questions about the South Island Area

1. What are the top attractions in the South Island?

2. What are the top fun activities in the South Island?

3. What are the best things to do in the South Island with kids?

4. What to do in the South Island on a rainy day?

5. What are the best day trips from the South Island?

6. What are the best things to do near the South Island?

Tourist Information About South Island

The South Island of New Zealand harbours so many amazing sights and experiences. It is an unparalleled haven for breathtaking natural wonders and unforgettable experiences. From the soaring peaks of the Southern Alps to the pristine coastal landscapes, the region captivates visitors with its diverse offerings. Every corner of the South Island showcases awe-inspiring sights waiting to be explored. Whether you're an adventure seeker, nature enthusiast, or cultural explorer, the South Island offers an array of activities and attractions that promise to make your visit truly unforgettable. If you are visiting, there are a number of things that must be experienced and appreciated! Keep reading for the best things to do on any occasion.                       



Explore Marlborough Sounds.

Heli-Fish Marlborough Sounds is a one-of-a-kind experience that combines a private helicopter ride with a fishing trip. The helicopter will take you to a remote location within the Marlborough Sounds, where you will have the opportunity to fish the reef for some of the region's most sought-after species. In this unique fishing trip, all you have to do is turn up, all the gear is sorted!


Kayak with seals!

This Seal Kayak Tour is a unique way to explore the Marlborough Sounds by kayak. You'll paddle through the sound's pristine waters and see the local wildlife, including seals and dolphins. You'll also have the opportunity to stop and explore some of the region's beautiful beaches and islands.


Queenstown Segway Tour.

Bay Ride with a Segway tour around Queenstown. This tour takes you on a Segway ride around Queenstown Bay, where you can see the beautiful scenery of the region and learn about Queenstown history. You'll have the opportunity to ride along the shore of Lake Wakatipu and see the stunning Remarkables mountain range.


West Coast Private Helicopter Tour.

Wild North West Mountain to Sea by private helicopter is a helicopter tour that takes you to some of the most remote and beautiful areas of the West Coast. You will fly over rugged mountains, glaciers, and rainforests, and see some of the region's most spectacular scenery. 


See Queenstown by Hot Air Balloon!

Scenic Hot Air Balloon Flights: Take a hot air balloon ride over the beautiful landscape of the south island. You'll get a bird's eye view of the region's stunning mountains, lakes, and valleys, and see the beautiful colors of the sunrise or sunset.







Top fun activities in the South Island

The South Islands' terrain creates great opportunities for fun activities for all ages, price ranges and duration. 

Milford Sound Cruise

Take a cruise in one of the most picturesque places in the world! This is one of the most popular attractions in the South Island, and for good reason. A cruise through Milford Sound allows you to see the stunning fiords, waterfalls, and wildlife of the region, including seals and dolphins.

 

Bike Wineries for a Full Day

Take a leisurely bike ride through the stunning wineries of Central Otago, visiting several wineries and tasting some of the region's best wines. You'll also have the opportunity to see the beautiful scenery of the region and learn about the history of winemaking.

Paragliding at Coronet Peak

Take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys as you paraglide from the higher take-off at Coronet Peak. With the Higher take off point, you can reach higher altitude and enjoy the stunning view for longer. This paragliding location is one that cant be missed!

 

Remarkables Scenic Helicopter Ride

This helicopter ride takes you over the Remarkables mountain range, one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in New Zealand. You'll see the beautiful glaciers, snow-capped peaks, and alpine meadows of the region and get a bird's eye view of the area.


Underworld Rafting in limestone caves

This is an adventure that takes you into the underground limestone caves of the Waitomo region. You'll raft through the caves, see the glowworms and explore the unique subterranean ecosystem of the area. It's a unique and exciting way to experience the beauty of the South Island.



Fun things to do with kids and children’s activities in the South Island

Many activities in the North Island are kid-friendly, yet memorable for everyone. Check out the list below for some ideas of activities to do with kids and with the whole family.
 


Explore top Glow Worm Caves in the South Island.

This Glow Worm Cave Tour is a fun and educational experience for kids of all ages, where you can explore underground limestone caves and see the glowworms, which are found only in New Zealand. The tour is suitable for children and is a great way to learn about the unique subterranean ecosystem of the region.

 

Experience Queenstown from a birds-eye-view.

Special Queenstown helicopter Flight: Take a scenic helicopter flight over Queenstown and the surrounding area, with a special route designed for children. You'll see the beautiful scenery of the region, including the Remarkables mountain range, and have the opportunity to spot local wildlife.

 

Kid-friendly Jet boat ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers.

This is a thrilling experience for kids and adults alike, where you'll take a jet boat ride through the narrow canyons and rapids of the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers. There are slow and fast options for different levels of thrill, but all levels provide memorable experiences. It's a great way to see the beautiful scenery of the region and get your adrenaline pumping!

 

Olveston Historic Home Tour.

This is a fascinating tour of a historic home in Dunedin, which has been preserved to look as it did in the early 1900s. Kids will enjoy exploring the house and learning about the lifestyle of the people who used to live there.


Spend a day with penguins!

This 24/48 Hour Pohatu Package at a Penguin Colony is a unique experience where you can spend 24 to 48 hours at a penguin colony, watching the penguins come ashore to nest and care for their chicks. The package includes a guided tour of the colony, accommodation and meals. It's a great way to see the penguins in their natural habitat and it's a great educational experience for children.


Things to do in the South Island when it's raining

The weather in the South Island is not always perfect. However, there are still many activities that are available when it rains that are just as fun and memorable.



Massage & Day Spa Treatments.

When it's raining outside, what could be better than relaxing with a massage or spa treatment? Many spas in the South Island offer a variety of treatments, such as massages, facials, and body wraps, that will help you relax and unwind.


Indoor Skydiving.

The Kickstart 2 Flight Indoor Skydiving Package is an awesome indoor skydiving experience that allows you to experience the sensation of freefall without the need for good weather! You'll fly in a vertical wind tunnel and enjoy the feeling of flying. 


Glow Worm Cave Tour.

This is a great option for a rainy day, as it takes place underground in the limestone caves where you can see the beautiful glow worms. You'll learn about the unique subterranean ecosystem of the area and enjoy the sights and sounds of the caves.

 

Puzzling World.

Puzzling World is a fun and interactive attraction filled with illusions and mazes. It's a great option for a rainy day as it offers plenty of indoor activities that will keep the whole family entertained.

 

Milford Sound Discover More Cruise.

Even if the weather is not perfect, you can still enjoy a cruise through Milford Sound, one of the most spectacular fiords in New Zealand. The Discover More Cruise will take you to the base of Stirling Falls, where you'll have the opportunity to see the waterfall up close and experience the beauty of Milford Sound in all its glory. On cloudy days, Milford Sound displays stunning deep green water that may be missed when the sun is shining.




Best day trips in the South Island

Here are some of the top activities to do when you have a whole day to fill in! These activities range all over the south island and offer the most spectacular, memorable views and experiences.



Fish from a Helicopter in Marlborough Sounds.

A unique experience that combines a helicopter ride with a fishing trip in the Marlborough Sounds. You'll be flown to a remote location within the sound and have the opportunity to fish for some of the region's most sought-after species.

 

Queenstown Wine & Cheese Cruise.

Enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lake Wakatipu while tasting some of the local wines and cheeses. The cruise will take you around the lake and you will get to see the stunning views of the Remarkables mountain range.

 

Sledging down a river.

This is a thrilling experience where you'll be pulled by a jet boat along a river while sitting on a sled. This is a fun and exciting way to see the beautiful scenery of the region while getting an adrenaline rush.

 

Milford Sound Scenic Flight and Nature Cruise. 


This is a comprehensive tour of Milford Sound, which includes a flight to Milford Sound, a cruise through the fiord, and a flight back. You'll see the stunning scenery of Milford Sound from above and below, and have the opportunity to spot wildlife such as dolphins and seals.

 

Aoraki and Mt Cook Luxury Private tour. 

This tour takes you to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest mountain. You'll have the opportunity to see the stunning alpine scenery and glaciers of the region and to explore the area with a private guide.










Great Experiences in the South Island

Below are some of the best things to do on the South Island to create long-lasting memories with friends and family.



Abel Tasman helicopter Experience with a landing at Awaroa Beach

This is a unique way to experience the beauty of the Abel Tasman National Park. Take a helicopter ride that lands on the secluded Awaroa Beach, where you can enjoy a picnic and take in the stunning views. With a capacity of up to 6 people, this is a great option for a group of friends or family.

 

South Island Kayak and walk

This experience combines the best of both worlds, a kayak trip and a walk through the Abel Tasman National Park. Kayak through the crystal-clear waters of the park, taking in the stunning scenery and wildlife. After kayaking, take a walk on one of the many beautiful coastal tracks and explore the park further.

 

Helicopter ride in Nelson

Take a scenic helicopter ride over the Nelson region and see the beautiful landscapes from above. See the stunning beaches, mountains, and forests of the region and get a bird's eye view of the area.

 

Kayaking at Queen Charlotte Sound

This is a beautiful spot for kayaking, with crystal clear waters, stunning scenery and wildlife. Kayak through the sound and take in the views of the surrounding mountains and forests. It's a great way to explore the area and get some exercise.

 

Private Vineyard Tour by car

Visit some of the best vineyards in the region and learn about the winemaking process from the experts. You'll get to taste some of the wines and learn about the different varieties and the regions they come from. With a private tour, you can tailor the experience to your preferences and enjoy a more intimate experience.





Best hikes and walking tracks in the South Island


The South Island is made up of spectacular rugged coastline and beautiful snow-capped mountain ranges that make for the most amazing walks. There are a variety of walking tracks on offer, from coastline tracks and bush walks to mountain ranges for serious hikers. The tracks can range from one hour to complete to several days. Hikes are one of the best ways to explore the stunning and vast South Island.

 


Abel Tasman National Park

The Abel Tasman National Park is perfect for everyone as it contains walks for all experience levels and all durations, from 2 hours to 5 days! The park is located at the top of the South Island and features both coastal and inland tracks. The best features on offer are stunning snorkelling beaches, unusual rock formations, lush native bushes, a beautiful waterfall and New Zealand’s deepest vertical shaft!



Milford track

The Milford track is an unforgettable experience located in Fiordland that must be done. It is world-renowned and the most famous trek in New Zealand. The well-maintained path makes this 4-day excursion suitable for beginners. This track takes you through viewpoints that showcase towering glaciers, magnificent waterfalls and native bush. After the walk, there is a breathtaking boat ride back through the sounds.

 

Mount Sunday

This mountain is well known from a scene in the Lord of the Rings! Take an easy 30-minute stroll up the mountain and see if you recognise the stunning glacial valley.



Kepler track

This track is a 3-4 day hike that spans through 60km of tussock, mountain ranges and forest in the Fiordland region. The track is well maintained for intermediate experience levels. Limestone rock formations and waterfalls are just some of the amazing highlights along this track. If you are planning on completing this track, make sure to book and secure a bed! 



Mt John Walkway in Tekapo

The Mt John Walkway is a short but steep walking track that shows off panoramic views of Lake Tekapo, the Southern Alps, and the Mackenzie Basin flats. This track has several pathways that allow you to tailor it to your preference. Whether you have a full-day hike in mind or just a brisk walk, the Mt John Walkway is perfect. If you do make it to the top, there is the famous Astro cafe waiting for you.



Queenstown Hill Time Walk

This walk is perfect for locals and tourists alike. After only 3 hours of walking up the Queenstown hill, you are greeted with the most spectacular view of Queenstown and the surrounding lakes and mountain ranges. Located just a 4-minute drive from Queenstown, this is the best way to fill in an afternoon.



Jack’s Point

Jack’s point is an easy-going walk that rewards you the whole way. Take in the shutting mountain and lake views as you stroll through open grassland for 4 hours.



Rakiura Track

Walking tracks on Stewart Island are not to be overlooked. This walk takes you over 32 km of untouched history that is home to a wide variety of wildlife. For 3 days, you will be immersed in nature that few other people have experienced.

 





Beaches in the South Island to Visit

The South Island of New Zealand boasts some of the most picturesque and diverse beaches. Beaches in the South Island are all worth visiting as each one is unique and beautiful. From surf beaches, black sand beaches and rocky beaches to stunning shist beaches, the South Island has something for everyone.

 



Abel Tasman National Park - Kaiteriteri Beach

As the gateway to the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, Kaiteriteri Beach is a stunning golden sand beach surrounded by native bush. It offers a perfect starting point for exploring the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park by foot or kayak.


Moeraki Boulders Beach

Known for its unique spherical boulders scattered along the shore, Moeraki Boulders Beach on the Otago coast provides a captivating and otherworldly seascape. The boulders are a must-see geological wonder.


Wharariki Beach

Located at the top of the South Island, Wharariki Beach is a remote and wild coastal gem. Visitors can enjoy the sight of dramatic sea stacks, huge sand dunes, and the resident seal colony, making it a truly magical destination.


Punakaiki Beach

Home to the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, Punakaiki Beach on the West Coast offers a unique coastal landscape with limestone formations. The pancake-like rock structures and the powerful blowholes attract visitors from around the world.


Stewart Island - Mason Bay

Mason Bay on Stewart Island is a pristine and secluded beach. It's surrounded by native bush, providing a tranquil escape and an opportunity to explore New Zealand's third-largest island.


Golden Bay - Wharariki Beach

A different Wharariki Beach, this one is located in Golden Bay and is equally stunning. It features massive sand dunes, arches, and rock formations. The beach is part of the Farewell Spit nature reserve, offering a unique coastal experience.


Sumner Beach

A popular beach near Christchurch, Sumner Beach offers a relaxed atmosphere with a backdrop of rugged cliffs. It's a great spot for swimming, surfing, and enjoying the vibrant local community.


Akaroa - French Bay

Nestled in the Banks Peninsula, French Bay in Akaroa is a charming and sheltered beach with a French-inspired village nearby. The bay offers a picturesque setting for relaxing strolls and water activities.


Haast Beach

Situated on the West Coast, Haast Beach is a wild and untamed stretch of coastline. With its black sand and remote location, it provides a peaceful environment to appreciate the raw beauty of New Zealand's West Coast.


Kaikoura - South Bay

Known for its marine life, South Bay in Kaikoura offers a scenic beach with a backdrop of majestic mountains. Visitors can enjoy the views, go for a swim, or even spot whales and dolphins in the nearby waters.


Oreti Beach

Located near Invercargill, Oreti Beach is a long and straight stretch of golden sand famous for its association with Burt Munro, the world-famous motorbike racer. It's a great spot for a peaceful walk or to witness the roaring surf.


Curio Bay

Curio Bay on the Catlins Coast is known for its ancient petrified forest and resident Hector's dolphins. The beach offers a unique blend of natural wonders and wildlife, making it a must-visit destination in the South Island.

 

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