NEW ZEALAND - South Island

Escape your daily routines and head to New Zealand where you’ll find the perfect blend of adventure, culture and relaxation.

The South Island is the larger of the two islands that make up New Zealand but the population is far fewer, with less than a quarter of the country’s people living there. It is a hive of activity, with everything from sightseeing and camping, to hiking the well known Milford Track, bungee jumping and glacier climbing for the more adventurous.

Some of the South Island’s most popular tourist destinations include Queenstown, which is best known for its mountains, rivers, lakes and alpine ranges making it an adventurers and nature lover’s dream destination; the enchanting city of Christchurch – also known as the “Garden City”; Lake Wanaka, which is great for fishing, hiking and canyoning in warmer months and popular for the nearby ski resorts in winter; the beautiful beaches of Nelson on the top north-west coast of the island; and the largest national park in the country Fiordland National Park, where you’ll find yourself lost in a world of mountains, lakes, fiords and rainforest.

If you have time while visiting the South Island, also try to plan into your trip a visit to the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers, on the South Island’s West Coast and the Onsen hot pools, which are not far from Queenstown.

Depending on the kind of holiday you want to take, accommodation options are endless when it comes to travelling in New Zealand. There is something to suit all kinds of traveller, from budget hostels to top quality resorts; luxury lodges to back-to-nature camping; you might even hire a motor home and drive around with your accommodation with you.

When you’re planning a trip to New Zealand, the season you decide to travel will open up a plethora of varying activities, from skiing and snowboarding in the winter, to mountain biking and hiking in the warmer months. In summer temperatures in general average between 20 and 30ºC, though in the far north it can get a lot warmer. In winter, because most of the country lies close to the coast, temperatures generally average between 10 and 15ºC, though in the inland alpine areas it can get as cold as -10ºC.

 

Getting to New Zealand is simple. There are numerous daily flights from all capital cities in Australia, varying in price, carrier and time of day to travel. It’s just a couple of hour’s flight from the east coast and tickets are very easy to come by. If you are Australian or British, you don’t need a visa. There are also a number of other countries who are part of a visa-waiver agreement so be sure to check before you depart.

Contact the team at E|Habla Travel on 1800 990 998 to discuss your bespoke travel requirements.