Places to Visit in South Island


At Omarama is the Clay Cliffs Paritea. The mesmerising moonscape is a result of erosion on layers of gravel and silt that were exposed to active Oster fault line. The cliffs are situated on private land, there is a vehicle entrance fee of about $5, which is payable at the Omarama Hot Tub, about 8 to 10 kilometres away from the area. 

Huge lime stones , sculpted by the winds, rivers and rain stand the Elephant Rocks, the same weird landscape that served as Aslan’s camp in the films of Narnia.

Visit the Lighthouse at Otago peninsula

Arrowtown’s gold-mining history is alive and kicking, which lies 20 minutes from Queenstown. Visit the Lakes District Museum. Experience the prehistory of New Zealand at the Vanished World Centre and the fossil trails in Duntroon.At West Coast, discover more mining history, through the Coal Mining Heritage trail which include sites at Stockton and Denniston, or visit the Coal Town Museum for some photographic and historic exhibits.

You must take your kids to the Cadbusry World factory tour and the chocolate shop. Wander around the beauty of the Dunedin Botanical Gardens. You must also visit Fiordland is a world heritage that includes the Milsound, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. Rudyard Kipling described the Milford Sound as the Eighth Wonder of the World, a flight over it explains why.

The Abel Tasman Park is a year round open trekking track, which can be trekked with or without a guide. If you love long hiking, Abel Tasman track offers you just that, it is a three to five day walk, which winds through the costal forests and the golden beaches with overwhelming scenery or you could take a dip at the Onetahuti beach. You could even take a sea kayaking, snorkel or drive around the Tonga Island Marine Reserve and see little blue penguins and a seal colony in their natural habitat. If shipwreck diving fascinates you then the Mikhail Lermontov is waiting for you, it is one of the largest shipwrecks in the world; you can dive into and is located in the Marlborough Sounds’ Port Gore. Sail the waters of Marlborough Sounds onboard the Pelorus Mail Boat. Canterbury is such an amazing place that you could go bungy jumping, wind surfing, ski, white-water rafting, mountain biking, whale watching, play golf or visit world-class gardens and vineyards.

If you just want to relax you could layback in the sun sipping wine from a local vineyard, and dine on the Nelson Bay scallops. To the west of Nelson, you could take a tour of the local vineyard and discover intense flavours such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay or Pinot Noir.

The Rolly Inn at Christchurch features, jukebox, disco and live performances by the best bands of Christchurch. The Lone Star Restaurant and Bar where dining is a pleasure, SOL- South of Lichfield at Christchurch is situated in the famous region to eat, drink and shop, the Minx Dining Room and Bar has a menu that changes daily.

The list goes on and on. South Island’s nightlife is vast, enchanting and exciting among other wonderful things.

Some of these are The Blue Pub at Methven, The Dobson Holding Hotels Ltd. The Lalaland at Wanaka is perfect for dinner drinks and evening drinks, the Shooters Bar, the only lakefront bar or Red Rock Wanaka featuring great light and sound systems and local DJs.

Nelson houses more than 350 working artists and craftspeople. You could even visit their studios and maybe, find some interesting pieces to take home. Experience the fun and colour of the famous Nelson Saturday Market. Observe glassblowers at work at Hoglund’s Art Glass. Get to meet local artists and craftsmen. Take a look into the boutique stores on the main street of Havelock. All New Zealand made product have an iconic logo, look for the logo and buy authentic products. Kiwi Arts manufactures all sorts of top quality souvenirs ranging from sculptures, paintings, jewellery, Maori and Pacific Island arts, ceramics, wood, textile and garden art for sale.

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