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New Zealand holidays: glamping South Island

A New Zealand, South Island itinerary would be remiss without stopping in the major cities, like Christchurch, Nelson, and Dunedin. However, there are so many other amazing South Island destinations and must-do experiences in the great outdoors that can’t be missed! On your next New Zealand, South Island road trip make sure to save some time to see all the sights, even the things to do outside the cities.

Traveling from Christchurch to Queenstown and around the South Island it is easy to understand why New Zealand is renowned for its mountains, lakes, and glaciers—it’s the perfect glamping destination! The Southern Alps in New Zealand are home to Aoraki / Mt. Cook, which stands 3,724 meters-high, while in the southwest, the Fiordland National Park is where you will find the most impressive glacial canyons and fjords, like the famous Milford Sound. In the north part of the island lies Abel Tasman National Park where you should take advantage of the coastal hiking trails and ocean kayaking. While places like Queenstown or Te Anau are popular hubs for extreme adventure sports like bungee jumping and skiing; find some of the best Queenstown ski resorts near our South Island accommodations.

But wait, there’s more! New Zealand holidays on the South Island are sure to be full of outdoor adventure with so much to do. Kaikoura, on the island’s east coast, is a great place for year-round whale watching. In the north, the Marlborough region is famed for its vineyard and winemaking, perfect for a romantic getaway for couples. Still looking for something different? New Zealand’s South Island is widely known for its long-distance hiking trails, like the Fiordland’s Milford Track, which crosses temperate rainforests, waterfalls, and glacial valleys. Have we convinced you yet? Book your holiday in New Zealand and head to the perfect South Island accommodation for your adventures.

Best things to do in New Zealand: South Island

From Christchurch to Queenstown, Dunedin to Nelson, there are so many things to do on New Zealand’s South Island that there is no way we can name them all. However, on our South Island road trips, a special few must-do activities have risen to the top of the list.

The first thing on our South Island itinerary would be a visit to Abel Tasman National Park. Abel Tasman is near the city of Nelson and its sheltered coves and inlets make ideal settings for kayaking and sailing, as well as the opportunity to see seals and dolphins who live in these waters! The Abel Tasman Coastal Track has also gained certain fame and is a great place to hike along the coast, following the limestone cliffs and golden beaches of the north coast. Moving down the coast make sure to stop and visit the picture-perfect Hokitika Gorge with its vivid turquoise waters before heading east to Aoraki / Mt. Cook. Explore New Zealand’s highest peak by hiking the Hooker Valley Track.

Still moving a little further south, your New Zealand holidays will bring you to Mt. Aspiring National Park, accessible from Wanaka. The national park is home to an unforgettable wilderness and has plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts from hiking to jet skiing. No South Island itinerary would be complete without a visit to Queenstown. This stunning lakeside town is widely considered the adventure capital, not only of New Zealand, but the whole world. There is something for everyone here, from bungy jumping and jet skiing to whitewater rafting, sky dying, and canyoning! For those looking for something a bit more relaxed, the nearby Central Otago region is a stark contrast to Queenstown, with a rolling landscape characterized by a multitude of wineries, some renowned the world over for their Pinot Noir.

Last, but not least, no glamping holiday in New Zealand’s South Island would be complete without cruising the fjords and visiting places like Milford Sound. Carved out over millions of years of glacial activity, the landscape left behind is probably one of the most impressive in the world. With steep cliffs and unimaginable waterfalls, a water cruise through Fiordland National Park is a must. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to places like Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound and is easy to access from towns like Te Anau. Book your South Island accommodation today for the best holiday in New Zealand!

Best time to visit New Zealand: South Island

When is the best time to visit New Zealand’s South Island? No matter what time of year you visit, there is plenty to do outside, it just depends on what kind of holiday in New Zealand you want to plan. New Zealand’s winter runs from June through August and temperatures in South Island tend to stay around 7-12⁰C (44-53⁰F). Head to the Queenstown ski resorts like Cardrona, Treble Cone, or Coronet Peak! Summer in New Zealand is from December to February and one of the more popular times of year to visit the South Island. During the summer temperatures stay around 20-24⁰C (68-75⁰F). The shoulder seasons of spring and autumn have temperatures ranging from 13-19⁰C (55-66⁰F) in the spring and 13-19⁰C (55-66⁰F) in the autumn.