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The South Island of New Zealand has many lush rainforests, rugged coast lines, incredible marine wildlife, mountain alps and exceptional wine and food.  It is recommended to take at least 14 days touring to capture the beauty of the South Island.  Taking in such areas as Marlborough Sound, Kaikoura, Christchurch (South Island Capital), Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Wanaka, Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers, Hokitika, Punakaiki, Nelson and the unforgettable Abel Tasman National Park where kayaking alongside dolphins is a common occurrence.  Walking trails boast stunning creeks, waterfalls and wildlife.  The South Island is also the Adventure Capital of New Zealand with particular reference to the Queenstown area, where modern day bungee Jumping was invented and still enjoyed today by thousands of visitors a year.  Explore the natural marvels that are Milford or Doubtful Sounds located deep in Fiordland National Park on the rugged Southwest Coast.

One of the only places in the country you can spot sperm whales year round is in Kaikoura.  A must in this area is whale watching by boat or air as well as spotting the fur seals and dolphins that reside there.  Located on the east coast of the South Island, this region is a picturesque coastal town with a variety of wildlife experiences as well as dramatic mountainous backdrops and a variety of cafes, restaurants and shops.

The northern part of the South Island is marked by great adventure as well as a variety of stunning walks for travellers of all fitness levels.  The Queen Charlotte Track is great for both biking and walking; the Marlborough region where the track lies has stunning views of historic bays, skyline ridges and of course dramatic views of the Marlborough Sounds valleys and peaks!

Numerous other great walks include the Milford Track – a thrilling multi-day hike located in an alpine region that is marked by spectacular valleys, sky-scraping mountains and marvellous waterfalls.  The Routeburn Track, in Fiordland National Park, offers hikers an incredible terrain filled with mountain peaks, crystal-clear lakes, native bird life and towering cliffs.  We recommend some of these day walks, or multi-day walks, for their awe-inspiring and unforgettable scenery – be sure to have your camera handy!

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New Zealand is known as the land of many options for all kinds of adventure for all different types of travellers. Looking to explore the country’s fascinating landscapes? The breathtaking coastlines? Be on some great cycling and walking trails… or partake in aquatic activities like kayaking, sailing or diving. Whatever you fancy, this is the destination that will never be dull.

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