South Island

South Island

Majestic landscapes offer awe and adventure in equal measure.

The kind of scenery which deserves a standing ovation

 
Christchurch

Just north of the Banks Peninsula on the east coast of the South Island lies Christchurch - the largest city on the island and New Zealand’s third most populous.

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Dunedin

In Dunedin, luxury holidays are fun, vibrant and offer an insight into a New Zealand life unlike anywhere else on the island. Whether going it alone, with your family, or with a special loved one, you’re sure to find all you need for an unforgettable trip.

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Kaikoura

A former fishing town on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Kaikoura is a special place, and its small size belies its wonderful sights. Flanked by the snow-capped ridge of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountains and the Tasman Sea, visitors can expect plenty of superlative vistas and awesome wildlife adventures, all of which are the perfect setting for your luxury holiday in Kaikoura.

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Nelson

Nestled in the crook of the Tasman bay on the north coast of the South Island, Nelson is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand. The city also enjoys close proximity to three national parks, seven of the locations used in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy of films, and many artisanal and creative delights.

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Queenstown

Luxury holidays in Queenstown take you to an idyllic resort town par excellence. With its proximity to the majestic Southern Alps Mountains, the striking Fiordland National Park, four serene lakes and more thrilling activities than anywhere else in New Zealand, Queenstown is the perfect place for an adventure.

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Wanaka

Nestled at the foot of Lake Wanaka, this town is the more demure sister to the larger resort of Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island. Like Queenstown, Wanaka is situated among some striking scenery. The Crown Range Mountains, the nearby glacier lake Hāwea and Lake Wanaka itself make this a stunning backdrop for your luxury holiday in Wanaka.

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With its rugged mountains, magnificent glaciers and sweeping landscapes of forests and lakes, you could hardly wish for a more picture-perfect location for a luxury holiday than South Island, New Zealand. This island really does have it all, and when you add its wondrous wildlife and excellent wines to the equation, it’s enough to make you want to return year after year.

Natural beauty

You’ll be spoilt for choice by the vast range of natural beauty on New Zealand’s South Island. Fiordland National Park is the largest in the country and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you’ll find the world-famous Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Mitre Peak. Whether you choose to explore this fantastic place on foot, by boat or kayak, you’re sure to be awestruck by the cascading waterfalls, swathes of lush rainforest and mountain scenery surrounding you.

In Aoraki National Park, you’ll find the country’s tallest mountain and its longest glacier, together with more than 300 types of alpine flora and 40 species of bird. Lose yourself in the endless, starry heavens as you take advantage of the world’s largest dark sky reserve. Visit the spectacular Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers on the western coast and explore the magnificent landscape of ice caves, crevices and pinnacles. The 51-kilometre Abel Tasman Coastal Track will take you through verdant forest, along craggy cliff tops and past secluded coves with fabulous views of the many remarkable rock formations, including Split Apple Rock.

Embark on a boat tour from the enchanting village of Kaikoura on the eastern coast to spot humpback and sperm whales, along with dolphins, fur seals and numerous bird species. You’ll be delighted by the range of wildlife on the Otago Peninsula, including the only mainland colony of albatross in the Southern Hemisphere, together with fur seals, sea lions and the rare yellow-eyed penguin. Don’t miss the breathtaking turquoise river of Hokitika Gorge in the west, or the fantastic Marlborough Sounds in the north where you can swim with dolphins.

Other attractions

Luxury holidays in South Island wouldn’t be complete without a visit to its largest city, Christchurch, which is home to many beautiful parks and gardens. Take a scenic ride on the city’s tram system or a leisurely boat ride along the tranquil River Avon. Enjoy a trip to the southern city of Dunedin with its Edwardian and Victorian architecture and climb the steepest street in the world. Be sure to visit one of the award-winning wineries in the Central Otago region too.

For adventure-lovers, a visit to Queenstown on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in the Southern Alps is an absolute must. From bungee-jumping and jet boating, to whitewater rafting and skydiving, this resort really is a thrill-seeker’s paradise. For something a little less extreme, why not try your hand at rock climbing or take in the stunning alpine scenery as you hike some of the mountainous trails?

The sky really is the limit in this extraordinary part of the world. Book into one of our luxury hotels in South Island and discover this wonderful destination for yourself. Contact us today to find out more.

Our Destination Specialists

 

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Paul Jones Specialist area: Asia 20 years in travel industry
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Jessica Jones Specialist area: Caribbean and Indian Ocean 19 years in travel industry
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