New Zealand South Island Places To Visit

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Offering some of the most epic coastal & mountain panoramas in New Zealand, spectacular landscapes, lush rainforests, wildlife encounters, monumental hiking trails and charming small towns, New Zealand South Island is a holiday destination filled with adventures & unique experiences.

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View of Lake Tekapo & The Church of the Good Shepherd
Christchurch & Canterbury

14 Best Things to Do in Lake Tekapo

One of the most breathtaking views in the South Island and a must-see on any South Island itinerary, the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Tekapo is just the beginning of the unique experiences this small town offers. From stargazing at the world-renowned Mount John Observatory to lakeside walks, Lake Tekapo activities provide many extraordinary experiences. Over the past two…

Fox Glacier, New Zealand view through the lush bush surroundings.
West Coast | Places to visit

Cool Things to Do in Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier is a tiny village in the South Island’s West Coast region. It boasts an accessible and stunning glacier of the same name but is often overshadowed by the nearby Franz Josef Glacier. However, Fox Glacier activities are diverse and thrilling, and whether you want to explore the glacier, go hiking, or relax in…

Cool things to do in Ross, New Zealand include taking a selfie in this huge brown photo frame with a lake and bush background.
West Coast | Places to visit

Things to do in Ross, New Zealand

Ross, New Zealand, is one of those towns you’ve probably never heard of and never intended to visit. Yet, the charming small town is steeped in history and gives you a glimpse of the past while immersing you in the natural wonders of the West Coast. That’s the fantastic thing about road-tripping on the West…

A seal on a rock in Collingwood with its mouth open.
Nelson Tasman | Places to visit

Best Things To Do in Collingwood, Golden Bay, New Zealand

If you happen to be in Collingwood, New Zealand, you should seriously consider extending your stay. You’ll discover a quaint village by the sea surrounded by picturesque coastlines, pristine rivers, majestic forests, and breathtaking mountain views. Keep reading to find out the best things to do in Collingwood and the phenomenal Golden Bay attractions nearby….

Blue water and blue sky at Pohara Beach New Zealand
Nelson Tasman | Places to visit

Awesome Things to Do in Pohara, NZ

Pohara is a beloved holiday destination for many New Zealanders due to its beautiful beachside location. However, many international tourists have yet to discover this hidden Golden Bay paradise. Nestled on the gorgeous shores of New Zealand’s South Island, with its pristine golden beaches, crystal-clear waters, and breathtaking natural surroundings, this enchanting destination offers a…

Rocky outcrop and natural sea arch seen from the Cape Farewell walk in Golden Bay.
Nelson Tasman | Places to visit

Discover The 24 Best Things To Do In Golden Bay New Zealand

Welcome to New Zealand’s Golden Bay. This hidden paradise on the northwestern tip of New Zealand South Island is one of our favourite areas in New Zealand. With its dazzling landscapes and vibrant arts scene, Golden Bay is a haven for nature lovers, creative souls, and tranquillity seekers. For outdoor enthusiasts, there are waterfalls, springs,…

Every day is an exciting day when you’re in the South Island, New Zealand

Start planning your perfect adventure in New Zealand’s South Island! Use our helpful guides on getting to the South Island, transport options, and self-drive New Zealand South Island tours. Plus, discover what New Zealand is known for and start creating your NZ Must-Do bucket list today!