Self-Contained Seaside Accommodation in New Zealand

South Island Local Information

The South Island has kilometres of unspoiled coastline, dozens of majestic mountain ranges and acres upon acres of lush rainforest.

You will find more than your share of activities and attractions in the South Island of New Zealand. If you are looking for a more relaxing choice of activities, try wine tasting, visit a museum or real-life castle, or take a beautiful scenic cruise on one of the sounds.

If you would like a more adventurous choice of activities, take a week and hike one of the many incredible tracks or take a hot air balloon ride over Christchurch city.

For some scare-raising adventure, bungy jump 132 metres from the Nevis Highwire Bungy in Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital. Or go white water rafting or glacial hiking.


Queenstown, known to some as the adventure capital of the world, is nestled beside the beautiful Lake Wakatipu and shadowed by the spectacular Remarkables Mountain Range. From sparkling lakes in the summer to snow tipped peaks in the winter - Queenstown has something for visitors all year round.

As soon as the snow begins to fall, travellers and locals flock to the mountains in Queenstown. The popular resort town offers two ski areas including the option for night skiing. The nearby Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks have to be seen to be believed with some of the most picturesque surrounds in the country.


Christchurch is home to a magnificently diverse landscape, from the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps to the kilometres of silvery beaches. Christchurch offers visitors towering mountains, fresh ocean waters and acres of green pastures. The world-renown 'Garden City' is alive with colour, atmosphere and attractions galore.

The gardens are a major attraction in Christchurch, there are numerous parks and gardens scattered throughout the inner city. The Botanic Gardens, Mona Vale and Victoria Square are among the many beautiful sites. There is also a Floral Festival held every year in February when you will find the city simply bursting with colour.

Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka is a secluded paradise. Bordered by majestic mountains, surrounded by native bushland and at the feet of the spectacular Southern Alps, Lake Wanaka is a place to reflect and relax.

Lake Wanaka is the gateway to the Mount Aspiring National Park, the 3rd largest park in the country. There are some great tramps and bushwalks through the park varying in intensity to suit all travellers.

There are a multitude of activities to enjoy in Lake Wanaka including fly fishing, white water sledging, mountaineering, water skiing, wind surfing and much more.

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