New Zealand's South Island
Although the south island is bigger in size than its northern counterpart, the population is much smaller with only ¼ of New Zealanders residing here. This means that there is plenty of open scenery to delight in and quaint, small towns to explore.
This part of New Zealand is probably best known for its stunning fiords, more commonly referred to as sounds, along with the impressive Southern Alps that traverse the length of the island and provide awe-inspiring views of mountain passes, glaciers and picturesque lakes.
It is also home to six of the nine Great Walks of NZ, showcasing this region’s lush bush, prolific bird life and magnificent views. And for those people who are into their alpine sports then winter is a great time to visit.
There is an excellent range of facilities and amenities to suit all budgets. The cuisine is renowned for its use of local, fresh ingredients and the people are welcoming and friendly with English spoken throughout the country. Car and motor home hire are popular and there is also a comprehensive network of internal flights throughout the country for those who are short on time.
New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While inland alpine areas of the south island can be as cold as -10 C in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant sunshine. The warmest months are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20 - 30ºC and in winter between 10 - 15ºC.
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