New Zealand South Island Holidays
It takes mere moments to discover exactly why the beauty and splendour of New Zealand’s South Island earns it a reputation as one of the world’s best-loved holiday destinations. A relatively sparse island, compared with the more populous North Island, New Zealand’s South Island is nonetheless home to truly spectacular scenery, where mountains, glaciers, sounds and lakes stretch across a stunning landscape. Book a Travelbag holiday and you have the chance to immerse yourself in New Zealand’s effortlessly beautiful South Island, from cruising through Milford Sound, to exploring the vibrant Queenstown, to traversing the incredible Southern Alps.
Finding a view to take your breath away in New Zealand won’t take long, but a particular highlight for many on any New Zealand South Island holiday is a trip across the Southern Alps aboard the TranzAlpine railway, an experience that will stay with you forever as it carves its way through incredible virgin scenery. Indeed, natural grace is not in short supply wherever you go, but few can visit New Zealand without gravitating towards the extraordinary Fiordland National Park on the south-western peninsula. Made up of fiords carved from glaciers, Fiordland National Park is best viewed by water or by foot on one of the many walking trails. For a real sensory treat, however, Milford Sound fiord, once regarded as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, is considered possibly New Zealand’s finest angle with its stunning waterfalls and cliffs.
For those who enjoy a rush of adrenaline on their travels, Queenstown has built a reputation as something of an adventure playground for the young-at-heart with copious opportunities to bungee jump, sky-dive and mountain bike, among others. For those who prefer to take things a little easier, those spectacular views can still be admired from a rather more sedate mode of transport, the Skyline Gondola. Inspired by their colonial roots, the English-influenced city of Christchurch on the north-eastern side of the South Island offers the perfect setting for a quiet and relaxing diversion with the languid River Avon and its quaint architecture. Similarly, Dunedin is distinguished by its Scottish roots, so much so that many go there to enjoy a traditional Haggis dinner and visit Larnach Castle – the only castle in New Zealand!