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New Zealand South Island Day Tours, Attractions and Activities

South Island boasts some of the country’s best landscapes – from glaciers to fiords and from the sunny northern wine regions to the towering snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps.

South Island is a great place for sightseeing, adventure, and culinary experiences.

Nelson is well known for the pristine white sand beaches and blue waters of Abel Tasman National Park. Malborough is home to one of New Zealand’s famous hiking and cycling tracks, Queen Charlotte. These regions also offer great food and wine tours.

In the West Coast, the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef offer an opportunity for flying on a helicopter over the magnificent glaciers, some kayaking on nearby lakes and hiking on the ice as well. If you don’t have time to travel to the west coast, you can also visit the equally majestic Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak.

Queenstown and nearby Wanaka offer plenty of adventure activities: jetboating, canyoning, bungy, skydiving, rafting, and 4WD rides. and Hanmer Springs. Make sure you don’t miss Fiordland National Park, home of the world-famous Milford and Doubtful Sounds.

In the East Coast you will find the towns of Dunedin, famous for its history and wildlife, and Christchurch where you can visit public and private gardens, take the city tram, or go to Akaroa for a cruise and a chance to see dolphins.