The South Island of New Zealand is proudly boasted by the locals as the more interesting of the two New Zealand islands. The region of Canterbury, a captivating world of mountains, rivers and coastal plains also boast the city of Christchurch. "The international garden city of the world" is the largest city in the South Island and is the romance capital of New Zealand.
On the West Coast, people are few and the landscapes are wild - it contains five of the country's 13 national parks and the Fox Josef and Franz Glaciers.
The action capital in the South Island is undoubtedly stunning Queenstown with its rugged mountains, majestic lakes, crystal clear air, bungy jumping, wine trails, jet boating, hiking, dining and skiing. So much beauty, so many opportunities for adventure... Queenstown's fabled alpine scenery is absolutely for real, and the gateway to the Fiordlands - a landscape carved by glaciers, remote, stupendous, almost supernatural. You'll think you've arrived at the end of the earth.