• a view of a body of water with a mountain in the background

South Island Holidays

Breath-taking landscapes, adrenaline-fuelled outdoor activities and laid-back city life - New Zealand South Island holidays have it all. With unrivalled natural beauty within easy reach of charming cities, New Zealand South Island holidays offer something for everyone - whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure or laid-back island life.

From rugged coastlines to snowy mountains and glaciers, South Island boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, with ‘bucket-list’ moments at every turn. New Zealand South Island holidays see you exploring the city one day and jet-boating across rapids and waterfalls the next. No two days are the same, and every day is an adventure.

South Island holidays - nothing short of magical

In the tree-lined streets of buzzing Christchurch, you’ll find a vibrant arts and music scene, along with acclaimed restaurants and lively nightlife. The city also boasts plenty of open green spaces, including the city’s largest, Hagley Park, and the pretty gardens of the Mona Vale homestead. To the north of Christchurch is the coastal town of Kaikoura, where you can swim with dolphins, take a whale-watching boat trip and enjoy delicious, freshly-caught seafood at one of the town’s restaurants.

If you’re looking for adventure on the water, head to Abel Tasman National Park, where you can kayak alongside seals. For a more relaxing experience in the water, a cruise among the fiords of Milford Sound is the perfect way to spend a day. For more adventure, including bungee jumping, glacier walks and more, head to Queenstown. Picton and Marlborough are ideal for couples, with their spectacular surroundings and some excellent winelands just waiting to be explored.

With such a diverse range of activities and incredible terrain to explore, New Zealand South Island holidays offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience everyone will love.

Destination Highlights
  • Soak up the atmosphere in vibrant Christchurch and take a day trip to Arthurs Pass on the TranzAlpine Express Train
  • See the towering peaks of Mount Cook, the sparkling blue waters of Lake Tekapo, and Abel Tasman National Park’s beaches
  • Head to Te Anau and explore the mountains, valleys, lakes and waterfalls of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound fiord
  • Take a scenic helicopter flight over the Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, stopping to soak in the glacier hot pools

Time Zone

GMT +13

Flight Time

27 hours with stopover options including Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok

Currency

New Zealand dollar (NZD)

Visa Information

All British passport holders can visit New Zealand for up to 6 months on arrival without a visa.

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccines required - please speak to your GP for advice.

Our South Island destinations

South Island New Zealand

South Island

Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park

Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park
Queenstown

South Island

Queenstown

Queenstown

South Island

Dunedin

Dunedin
Christchurch

South Island

Christchurch

Christchurch
a view of a body of water with a mountain in the background

South Island

Wanaka

Wanaka
a small boat in a body of water with Milford Sound in the background

South Island

Fiordland and Te Anau

Fiordland and Te Anau
a boat is docked next to a body of water

South Island

Picton and Marlborough

Picton and Marlborough
Invercargill beach at sunset

South Island

Invercargill and Southland

Invercargill and Southland
Franz Josef Glacier

South Island

West Coast and Glacier

West Coast and Glacier