The world's ultimate outdoor playground
Also known by its Maori name, Te Waipounamu, this long land mass is a third bigger than its northern sibling. Separated from the North Island by the Cook Strait, its length is spanned by the glorious Southern Alps, home to the country’s highest peak, Aoraki (Mount Cook). Less populous than the north, it’s colder in winter and drier in summer, making it the ideal playground for pleasure seekers of all persuasions.
After a gold rush that saw it swarmed by prospectors during the 1860s, the South Island boasts a colonial history that’s as rich as its soil, which also produces some world-class wine grapes. The island’s elongated shape makes it ideal for long drives, with must-see sights ranging from Milford Sound and Fiordland on the west coast to Christchurch and Dunedin on the east, with stunning resort towns Queenstown and Wanaka nestled in between.
This is Luke Carroll’s idea of a perfect day in Queenstown
When he’s not appearing on stage, TV or the big screen, actor Luke Carroll loves to explore this New Zealand alpine region on a gondola or ramp up the adrenaline on its snow-capped mountains.
Milford Sound is a magical destination for families
With its towering peaks, cascading waterfalls and brazen wildlife, Milford Sound is a force of nature. It's also the perfect place to discover with your kids.
The best happy hours in Christchurch
There are plenty of enticing cocktail bars, beer gardens and social clubs where you can get great drinks deals in New Zealand's Garden City.
48 perfect hours in Queenstown
The quintessential Queenstown experiences for travellers visiting New Zealand’s adventure capital - from helicopter rides to disc golf and trying local lamb.
Fun beyond the ski fields in Queenstown
From adrenaline thrills to bars galore, nowhere in Australasia nails après-ski quite like Queenstown
24 Hours in Queenstown
Be ready to seize the day in Queenstown, because New Zealand’s adventure capital doesn’t stop for anyone.
Why a Mt Hutt ski holiday is a must for families
There's more than a hint of old-school Kiwi charm at Mt Hutt, where the snow is deep, the terrain pristine and just about everyone has a nickname.
7 adventure experiences in Queenstown you can't miss
For adventure and a wild ride, these Queenstown adventure activities offer a buzz factor you’ll never forget.
Best way to spend a day in Dunedin
Dropping anchor in Dunedin? Chris Pritchard has a few tips of things to do in Dunedin.