Accommodation in South Island

Aotearoa, New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud. For Maori New Zealand is considered the most southwestern part of Polynesia and consists of two main islands, the North Island (Te Ika a Maui meaning the fish of Maui) and the South Island (Te Waipounamu meaning the waters of greenstone) as well as several small islands.

The main islands are separated by Cook Strait, which is 20 km wide at its narrowest point. New Zealand is a land of incredible contrasts and stunning natural beauty. There is a huge variety of activities in New Zealand; excellent camping, golf, hunting, mountain climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, rafting, windsurfing, and fishing to name just a few. There is also plenty of opportunities to experience real Maori culture.

New Zealand which is known for their down to earth and friendly hospiality has a wide range of accomodations. From motels and bed and breakfasts to mid range hotels to luxury lodges. Popular choice to really experience New Zealands nature is to stay in a private campground (such as the Top 10 Holiday Parks) either camping or by parking up your camper van or motor home.

Highlights in the South Island

Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman

55km north of Nelson is the famous Abel Tasman National Park. The best way to visit the park is to hike (part of) the 51km long “coastal trail”. From the town of Marahau you can be dropped off by water taxi to a certain part of the park (and be picked up from another), allowing you to experience the park walking at your own pace. The nature is very diverse, you walk over hills, along beaches and occasionally you have to cross rivers.

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Christchurch

Christchurch

Christchurch is the largest city of the South Island. The city was founded in 1848 by English settlers and exudes a real English atmosphere, partly because of the Victorian and Gothic Revival architectural style and is therefore known as the most English city outside of England. Another name that Christchurch has been ‘garden city of New Zealand, as it has many parks and a beautiful botanical garden.

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Dunedin

Dunedin

Dunedin was founded by Scottish settlers in 1848 and given the name “Dun Edin”, named after Edinburgh. There is plenty to see any do in Dunedin from walks in the surrounding green hills to exploring the many beautiful buildings, churches and museums. It is also has a vibrant nightlife (thanks to its large student population).

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Fiordland

Milford Sounds

Fiordland National Park has been called the “Walking Capital of the World” and is home to unique flora, fauna, landscape and geology. Popular hikes include Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound. The great lakes Lake Te Anau and Lake Manapouri are not to be missed either!

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Mount Cook

Mt Cook

The Mount Cook National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in New Zealand with spectacular views and 22 peaks above 3000 meters. The park covers an area of 700 square kilometers. Over one third of the park is permanently covered with snow and ice. On one of the 22 mountains is its namesake Mount Cook. This magnificent mountain towers 3,764 meters above sea level and is also the highest mountain in New Zealand.

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Queenstown

Queenstown

Queenstown is a vibrant city, famous for adventure sports and stunning landscape. Here you can bunji jump. Go white water rafting, hiking, mountain biking or jet boating within tight spaces on the rocky gorge. In the winter Queenstown feels a lot like a Swiss mountain town boasting three world-class ski resorts.

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