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South Island has many wonderful fjords and sounds, with the heaviest rainfall usually registered around Milford Sound.

New Zealand's South Island

Christchurch, built on land that was once a swamp, is on the South Island, as is Mount Cook (3,754 m) - Aorangi, or cloud piercer in Maori - and the popular ski resort of Queenstown.

The area around Queenstown is known as the Southern Alps, and has 15 peaks over 3,000 metres. It's a great place for skiers in the winter and you can experience some excellent white-water rafting in the summer.

Abel Tasman National Park

The Abel Tasman Coastal Track is one of New Zealand’s great walks. You can walk the length of the track in three to five days, or combine with boat services to walk some, and cruise the rest.


Situated at the top of the South Island of New Zealand, the Marlborough region is popular for its wine tasting tours, scenic walks along the 67km Queen Charlotte Track and boating on the Marlborough Sounds.

Mount Cook

Mount Cook - New Zealand

Mount Cook Adventures

Mount Cook is Australasia's highest mountain.

Air Safaris:
Scenic flightseeing tours into the spectacular Mt Cook and Westland National Parks flying from Lake Tekapo, Glentanner Park and Franz Josef with inter-airport flights for coach tour passengers.

Mount Cook Mountains High Helicopter Flight:
Fly towards the Tasman Glacier and land high above, to enjoy the incredible vistas and a close up view of Aoraki (Mount Cook) from your landing site, then take off again and traverse the Southern Alps to view the mighty Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.


The Nelson region is the north-western half of the top of the South Island: the beautiful country lying between the northern edge of the Southern Alps and a great sweep of beaches.

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