South Island

A complete travel guide to the South Island regions of New Zealand. Check out the activities, accommodation, sights and attractions for budget travellers.

18 Amazing Attractions You Can’t Miss in The Catlins

Awesome attractions in The Catlins. Did someone say waterfall? The Catlins Coast, […]

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Aoraki Mt Cook National Park – Guide for Backpackers

The mountains are waiting… With the highest mountain, longest glacier and the […]

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Lake Tekapo – Guide for Backpackers

Stunningly Scenic in the day and Starry at night. Part of the […]

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Stewart Island – Guide for Backpackers

Backpacking on Stewart Island. What? New Zealand has a third island? Stewart […]

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Dunedin – Guide For Backpackers

Backpacking in Dunedin. A vibrant university city, Dunedin is the second-largest city […]

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10 Things We Love About Akaroa

Things to do in Akaroa! Dolphins, seals, penguins, big hikes, small hikes […]

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9 Fun Things to Do in Havelock

What to do in Havelock, the Greenshell Capital of New Zealand. There’s […]

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10 Amazing Things to Do in Blenheim

What to do in Blenheim, New Zealand’s wine capital. Well, you know […]

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6 Amazing Things to Do at Lake Brunner & Moana

What to do at Moana & Lake Brunner, the West Coast’s largest […]

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6 Best Things to Do in Maruia

What to do in Maruia & the Lewis Pass. This is what […]

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5 Fun Things to Do in Wakefield & Tapawera

What to do in Wakefield & Tapawera, the hidden gems of Nelson. […]

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7 Fun Things to Do in St Arnaud

What to do in St Arnaud, the gateway to the Nelson Lakes. […]

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10 Super Things to Do in Murchison

What to do in Murchison, The middle of everywhere. Anyone who truly wants […]

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10 Amazing Things to Do in Motueka

What to do in Motueka, The fruit bowl of Nelson Tasman. Located […]

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7 Amazing Things to Do in Karamea

What to do in Karamea, the gateway to the Kahurangi National Park. […]

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10 Epic Things to Do in Franz Josef

What to do in Franz Josef, home to New Zealand’s most accessible […]

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7 Awesome Things to Do in Haast & Jackson Bay

What to do in Haast, a world heritage area. Haast is a […]

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10 Fun Things to Do in Richmond

What to do in Richmond, Nelson’s large small town. Richmond has the […]

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10 Amazing Things to Do in Takaka

What to do in Takaka, the hub of Golden Bay. Tucked away […]

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10 Amazing Things to Do in Golden Bay

What to do in Golden Bay, the top of the South. Get […]

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8 Fun Things to Do in Collingwood

What to do in Collingwood, Golden Bay’s cool little town. For those […]

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8 Fun Things to Do in Twizel

What to do in Twizel, New Zealand’s high country paradise. The peace […]

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8 Fun Things to Do in Kaiapoi

What to do in Kaiapoi, Christchurch’s “river town”. The first town you […]

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7 Excellent Things to Do in Rangiora

What to do in Rangiora, Canterbury’s rural hotspot. A real hidden gem […]

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5 Excellent Things to Do in Woodend & Pegasus

What to do in Pegasus & Woodend, Canterbury’s cool coastal towns. Get […]

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8 Best Things to Do in Lyttelton

What to do in Lyttelton, the South Island’s largest port. Through the […]

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5 Fun Things to Do in Little River

What to do in Little River, the Gateway to the Banks Peninsula. […]

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10 Unmissable Things to Do in Mt Cook

What to do in Mt Cook, home of New Zealand’s highest mountain. […]

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10 Amazing Things to Do in Westport

What to do in Westport, a cool coastal town on the West […]

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10 Fun Things to Do in Greymouth

What to do in Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast. […]

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10 Awesome Things to Do in Hokitika

What to do in Hokitika, also known as “Jade Country”. An unmissable […]

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10 Amazing Things to Do in Christchurch

What to do in Christchurch, the South Island’s second-largest city! Christchurch is […]

ChristchurchNZ

7 Awesome Things to Do in Ashburton

What to do in Ashburton, New Zealand’s Granary. A bustling town with […]

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10 Amazing Things to Do in Methven

What to do in Methven, Canterbury’s awesome little ski town. In the […]

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10 Wonderful Things to Do in Waimate

What to do in Waimate, the South Island’s historical hopping town! It’s […]

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6 Fun Things to Do in Lawrence

What to do in Lawrence, Gold and bike country. Lawrence is a […]

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5 Fun Things to Do in Tapanui

What to do in Tapanui, South Otago’s friendly rural town. Located in […]

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10 Incredible Things to Do in The Catlins

What to do in The Catlins, nature’s paradise. Cascading waterfalls, rare wildlife, […]

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10 Amazing Things to Do in Hanmer Springs

What to do in Hanmer Springs, New Zealand’s Alpine spa village. Hanmer […]

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5 Fun Things to Do at Pleasant Point

What to do at Pleasant Point, Canterbury’s pleasant little town. If you […]

Miles Holden - Tourism NZ

10 Amazing Things to Do in Arrowtown

What to do in Arrowtown, Otago’s pretty little Gold Rush town. Arrowtown […]

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9 Cool Things to Do in Clyde

What to do in Clyde, Central Otago’s historic town. Step into the […]

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5 Fun Things to Do in Riverton

What to do in Riverton, Southland’s relaxed seaside town. One of the […]

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5 Fun Things to Do in Omarama

What to do in Omarama, the “Place of Light”. Omarama sits in […]

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9 Awesome Things to Do in Punakaiki

What to do in Punakaiki, the gateway to the Paparoa National Park. […]

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6 Epic Things to Do in Fox Glacier

What to do in Fox Glacier, the heart of Glacier country. An […]

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10 Excellent Things to Do in Geraldine

What to do in Geraldine, Canterbury’s adventure capital! Most would describe Geraldine […]

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10 Queenstown Travel Tips for First-Timers

Tips for visiting Queenstown Queenstown is its own little bubble. The buzzing […]

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10 Awesome Things to Do in Fairlie

What to do in Fairlie, the Gateway to the MacKenzie District. A […]

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7 Fun Things to Do in Cheviot

What to do in Cheviot, a classic Kiwi rural town. Surrounded by […]

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10 Amazing Things to Do in Oxford

What to do in Oxford, the Hidden Gem of Canterbury. Travellers are […]

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6 Fun Things to Do in Temuka

What to do in Temuka, A classic Kiwi country town. Locals flock […]

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10 Amazing Things to Do in Timaru

What to do in Timaru, the hub of South Canterbury. Located right […]

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7 Fun Things to Do in Milton

What to do in Milton, “the town of opportunities”. When leaving or […]

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6 Fun Things to Do in Balclutha

What to do in Balclutha, the Big River Town. Welcome to Balclutha! […]

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7 Amazing Things to Do in Tuatapere

What to do in Tuatapere, the gateway to southern Fiordland National Park. […]

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5 Amazing Day Trips from Invercargill

… or longer trips from Invercargill. The Southland region’s main hub and […]

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10 Fun Things to Do in Alexandra

What to do in Alexandra, the sunny hub of Central Otago. Located […]

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10 Incredible Things to Do in Kaikoura

What to do in Kaikoura, the marine wildlife mecca of New Zealand. […]

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5 Epic Queenstown Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Flights in Queenstown. Nothing captures the dramatic alpine scenery of Queenstown […]

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5 Best Scenic Flights to Milford Sound from Queenstown

Scenic Helicopter and plane flights to Milford SOund. It’s not every day […]

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10 Best Milford Sound Tours from Queenstown & Te Anau

Coach & Cruise tours to Milford Sound. Hang up the car keys […]

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10 Incredible Things to Do in Fiordland National Park

What to do in Fiordland National Park. Where do you begin to […]

10 Amazing Things to Do in Invercargill

What to do in Invercargill, New Zealand’s southernmost city! You’ll hear that […]

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10 Amazing Things to Do in Picton

What to do in Picton, the gateway to the South Island. Welcome […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting the Moeraki Boulders

What, where and when to see the Moeraki Boulders. Snapping up a […]

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5 Fun Things to Do in Bluff

Activities and things to do in BLuff! At the edge of the […]

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10 Damn Good Things to Do in Cromwell

What to do in Cromwell? Only 50 minutes from Queenstown, the little […]

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10 Unmissable Things to Do in Lake Tekapo

What to do in Lake Tekapo. Lake Tekapo is on almost everybody’s […]

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10 Incredible Things to Do on Stewart Island

What to do in Stewart Island. You haven’t fully explored New Zealand […]

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10 Amazing Things to Do in the Abel Tasman National Park

Awesome Activities in Abel Tasman! Golden sand beaches, lush native forest, marine […]

Paul Rowe

19 Epic Natural Attractions in Golden Bay

Natural attractions in Golden Bay that will blow your mind! Over the […]

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15 Things to Do in Nelson City

What to do in Nelson City. In a city that is wedged […]

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Top 10 Natural Attractions in Marlborough

Experience Marlborough’s natural attractions. Secluded bays, 1,500km of coastline, rugged islands, mountainous […]

Rob Suisted - Tourism New Zealand

10 Awesome Activities in the Marlborough Sounds

Things to do in the Marlborough Sounds. Covering one-fifth of New Zealand’s […]

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French Pass and D’Urville Island – Guide for Backpackers

A Complete Budget Travel guide to French Pass and D’Urville Island. It […]

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10 Reasons Why Haast has World Heritage Status

Why visit the World Heritage Area of Haast? As the last (or […]

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Westport – Guide for Backpackers

Things to do in Westport. Westport is very often backpackers’ entry or […]

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Greymouth – Guide for Backpackers

Things to do in Greymouth. The Wild West Coast’s central hub is […]

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15 Stops You Can’t Miss on the Road to Milford Sound

Essential pit stops on the Milford Sound Road The Road to Milford […]

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15 Awesome Things to Do in Reefton

Activities you have to try in Reefton! Reefton is an intriguing town. This […]

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Picton – Guide for Backpackers

THings to do in Picton for backpackers. As your starting point for […]

Cecilia Lindqvist

Guide to Milford Sound and the Milford Road

What you need to know about Milford Sound and the Road to […]

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10 Things to Do In and Around Gore

What to do in the brown Trout capital. We bet you never […]

Krzysztof Golik on Wikipedia

6 Essential Pitstops for Your South Canterbury Road Trip

Quirky South Canterbury towns worth stopping by! Away from the hustle and […]

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6 Reasons Why Hokitika is Such a Cool Little Town

Plenty of reasons to love the beach town of Hokitika. Located almost […]

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Hanmer Springs – Guide for Backpackers

However you relax, you can find it in Hanmer Springs. People’s idea […]

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7 Bizarre Sights in the Waitaki Valley

Features of the Vanished World Trail. Shark-toothed dolphins, whales, penguins and many […]

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Akaroa – Guide for Backpackers

A picture-perfect peninsula! If you’re not here for dolphins, then you’re here […]

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10 Underrated Places to Visit in Canterbury

The Hidden Gems of the Canterbury region. Stretched between snowcapped mountains and […]

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Oamaru & Waitaki – Guide for Backpackers

Penguins, boulders, penguins, steampunk and penguins. Have you ever dreamed of going […]

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Kaikoura – Guide for Backpackers

Have a whale of a time in Kaikoura! The adventure in Kaikoura […]

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7 Tips to Have a Great Time in Christchurch

Tips for backpackers in Christchurch! The city of Christchurch has found a […]

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Westland Tai Poutini National Park – Guide for Backpackers

The national park with all the ice. Crampons at the ready! Westland […]

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Rakiura National Park – Guide for Backpackers

Stewart Island’s National Park. By walking in the Rakiura National Park, you […]

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Paparoa National Park – Guide for Backpackers

That place with the pancake rocks. Rocks! Rocks everywhere! Stacked one, pancake […]

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Mt Aspiring National Park – Guide for Backpackers

Something to aspire to… Hike, fly, jetboat, ski and canyon at the […]

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Kahurangi National Park – Guide for Backpackers

The wilderness of the West Coast. You can’t stay in the Kahurangi […]

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Arthur’s Pass National Park – Guide for Backpackers

Discover New Zealand’s most scenic mountain pass. In some parts of the […]

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Abel Tasman National Park – Guide for Backpackers

Sun, sand and seals. It may be the smallest national park at […]

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Nelson Tasman & Golden Bay – Guide for Backpackers

Three national parks in one! This has to be on every backpackers’ […]

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Nelson Lakes National Park – Guide for Backpackers

The Southern Alps starts here! This adventure playground covering 102,000ha has mountain […]

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Marlborough – Guide for Backpackers

Wine, wildlife and WONDROUS landscapes. Is wine and sun your favourite combination? […]

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Nelson – Guide for Backpackers

A place in the sun. New Zealand’s sunniest city, Nelson gets the […]

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West Coast – Guide for Backpackers

The Wild West Coast! Welcome to New Zealand’s emptiest region. Not many […]

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Glacier Country – Guide for Backpackers

Explore the Glaciers! Located on the wild West Coast of the South […]

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The Catlins – Guide for Backpackers

Things to do and sights to see in the Catlins. Tucked away […]

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Southland – Guide for Backpackers

What to do and where to visit in the south of the […]

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Otago – Guide for Backpackers

Guide to Central Otago and Coastal Otago. There has never been a […]

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Christchurch City – Guide for Backpackers

A city of shopping, Gardens and sandy shores. Christchurch is described as […]

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Fiordland National Park – Guide for Backpackers

Cruise the fiords and get harassed by a kea in Fiordland! Once again, […]

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Queenstown – Guide for Backpackers

A Guide to the “Adventure Capital of New Zealand”. Situated on the […]

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Canterbury – Guide for Backpackers

Backpacking in the Canterbury region of New Zealand. Stretching down the east […]

Miles Holden on Tourism NZ

Wanaka – Guide for Backpackers

What’s a backpacker to do in the beautiful Wanaka? The autumn leaves […]

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