South Island

  • Brancott Estate vineyards, Marlborough region.  Photo credit: Rhiannon DaviesBrancott Estate vineyards, Marlborough region. Photo credit: Rhiannon Davies
  • View from the Routeburn track, Fiordland.  Photo credit: Rhiannon DaviesView from the Routeburn track, Fiordland. Photo credit: Rhiannon Davies
  • View of Franz Josef glacier.  Photo credit: Rhiannon DaviesView of Franz Josef glacier. Photo credit: Rhiannon Davies

Population: Over 1 million

Size: 151,215 sq km

Major Cities: Christchurch and Dunedin

The South Island of New Zealand is home to some of the world's most stunning scenery. Its incredible coastline, mountains, forests, lakes and rolling plains make it the perfect destination for anyone who likes the great outdoors. Kayaking, skiing, snowboarding and walking (which Kiwis call 'tramping') are all readily available in this amazing environment, which is also home to the cities of Christchurch and Dunedin as well as to the wine-growing regions of Marlborough and Central Otago.

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