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.

With its majestic mountains and crystal clear lakes, Queenstown really will take your breath away. Often dubbed the adventure capital of New Zealand, thrill seekers will feel right at home here. The vibrant township is jam-packed full of restaurants, bars and cafes and has a welcoming buzz that will put you at ease from the moment you arrive. Getting to Queenstown is easy but you’ll find it hard to leave.  

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.