South Island, New Zealand

The South Island of New Zealand promises breathtaking scenery, tranquil lakes, rugged mountains, wild rivers and verdant forest. A massive mountain chain, the Southern Alps, runs down its spine, with the country's highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook at 3754 m. Marvel at Queenstown with its towering mountainous peaks and all things active and adventurous. Be charmed by Christchurch, the South Island's largest city, characterized by gracious, manicured parks and English allure.

Queenstown is known for its beautiful scenery. Horseback ride through the mountains, bungee jump over a ravine, or take a boat trip through the gorges. The township is located on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, and provides restaurants, bars and cafés. In the cooler months, skiers and snowboarders are spoilt for choice. Stay with Mantra, for great Queenstown accommodation.

Christchurch really is the gateway to the South Island and you don’t have to travel far to experience the best activities on offer – alpine resorts, golf courses, bungee jumping, whale watching, wind surfing and hot air ballooning are all within easy reach. Christchurch is a vibrant and beautiful city, full of spectacular gardens and leafy boulevards, fine art, music, theatre and dance, and a foodies scene that celebrates local produce and regional fare.