Here are a few attractions amongst the many available in the South Island:
The Nelson/Marlborough region offers natural coastal experiences, Queen Charlotte Track and the magical Abel Tasman National Park, not to mention New Zealands highest sunshine hours.
Hanmer Springs has almost everything, and is certainly an award winner for the many who come to sample the subtleness of the area. Touched with sophistication but passive, or as active as you like.
A proposition was received in 1874 by the Provincial Government for the construction of the bridges at the Upper Rakaia, making use of the small island at the gorge.
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island with a population in excess of 360,000. It is known as "The Garden City' because of its numerous spacious parks.
Canterbury - is not only rich in beauty; it offers a wealth of unparalleled experiences. Visitors can get close to the whales in Kaikoura and swim with the worlds rarest dolphin.
The township of Cardrona began in 1865, when hundreds of settlers came to the Cardrona Valley , eager to stake their claim. As word got around, the settlement quickly developed and a commercial centre was soon formed.
The Otago Central Rail Trail is a year-round recreational facility, designed for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders. It is a public reserve and can be walked or ridden in either direction.
Small town, great heart - sunny and dry and relaxing - that is Central Otagos Blossom town Alexandra. Famous for its clock on the hill, many rabbits and wine growing - this town of about 5,000 is a great place to holiday.
In 2006, Larnach Castle celebrated 135 years as a Dunedin landmark. From rich man's showplace to billet for soldiers, from politicians retreat to mental asylum, the castle has certainly withstood the rigours of time & the vagaries of fate.
The stretch of coastline which lies between the two townships of Fortrose and Waikawa, on the south eastern coast, was used by the Maori for food gathering is evident by the number of artifacts later found in the area.