Known as the adventure playground of the southern hemisphere, New Zealand’s South Island has it all; massive mountains, huge lakes, ski fields, vineyards, luxury lodgings and adventures galore.
The Southern Alps dominate, running the full length of the island. Most visitors head for Queenstown with its stunning backdrop and famous bars, restaurants and post-adventure activities. For a truly dramatic sight, head south to Milford Sound and the Fiordland National Park. Possibly one of the most famous and well-photographed glacial areas in the world. You’ll also notice more than a touch of the area’s Scottish heritage with the welcoming locals and their gaelic accent. Had enough outdoor adventure? Head north to sunny Nelson and welcoming Marlborough, both famous for their food and wine.