The South Island of New Zealand is perhaps one of the most amazing places in the world. From snowcapped mountains to the turquoise-blue glacial-fed rivers and lakes, to the great ocean that it faces. The island is well-endowed with rich natural beauty and scenes that you will never forget.
I was fortunate enough to have lived there for 5 years and explored the island. I’ve been to the usual places like Queenstown, Dunedin, Milford Sound, Wanaka, Nelson and the Marlborough Sounds. I’ve also been to the smaller places like Hokitika, Haast, Fox Glacier, and also to the national parks to do some tramping (as how kiwis would call bushwalking.
There is a wide variety of things you can do in the South Island. If you love wine-tasting, there are a number of vineyards in the Marlborough region, as well as Waipara and down in Central Otago districts. If you love golf, the golf courses in New Zealand are inexpensive relative to the other countries, and some have spectacular scenery. One place that springs to mind is the Terrace Downs Golf Course, which has a view of Mt. Hutt and the Southern Alps. If you love adventure, then you are in the right place! Bungy jumping originated in New Zealand, and the world’s first commercial bungy site is in Queenstown. There is also skydiving, paragliding, jetboat riding, whitewater rafting, and many more!
I’ve posted a 4-part series on my blog on the South Island of New Zealand. I will be posting more to continue the series, so watch out for it. My blog is called Fabulous Journeys, and it offers a lot of tips to travellers to different destinations around the world, all of which I’ve been to and experienced firsthand. You can click this link here to view it.
I hope you have gained some insights into the South Island of New Zealand.
P.S. (Update – 22 Feb 2011) With the recent earthquake in Christchurch, there has been a massive amount of devastation in the city, including the iconic Christ Church Cathedral. Hopefully the city will rebuild, but your plans to visit the city and the South Island would help rehabilitate the local economy. Please go and see the majestic South Island, and see how you can help Christchurch get back on its feet.