South Island travel ideas: Explore Queenstown, Franz Josef and mighty Milford Sound

Researching a visit to New Zealand's South Island? Get inspired by this episode of the Tour the World travel TV series as we join Scenic Tours on a 12-day tour. Highlights include adventure capital Queenstown, majestic Lake Tekapo, the Franz Josef Glacier and the stunningly beautiful Fiordland National Park...

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Top things to do on the South Island – Tour the World TV (Part 1)

Looking for ideas for things to do on New Zealand’s South Island? In this three-part episode of the Tour the World travel TV series, we head to New Zealand’s fabulous South Island for a little pampering with Scenic Tours. Prepare to be inspired!


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New Zealand’s South Island is seriously one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

If you’re planning a visit to the region, this episode of Tour the World with Scenic Tours — hosted by The Big Bus tour and travel guide’s editor Adam Ford — is packed with South Island travel ideas and inspiration, including culture, dining, history, shopping and relaxation must-sees and dos.

Whether you plan to travel to the South Island with a tour group or independently, in this episode you’ll get information about Queenstown, Franz Josef, amazing Milford Sound, Dunedin and stunning Mount Cook.

South Island travel ideas

South Island travel ideas: Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo


We begin this unforgettable journey in Wellington, before travelling across to the South Island and down the West Coast to Franz Josef and the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier.

We take an exhilarating high speed jet boat ride on the mighty Haast River before continuing on to spectacular Queenstown — New Zealand’s adventure sports capital.

South Island travel ideas

South Island travel ideas: Milford Sound

Next stop is Te Anau and Milford Sound to enjoy a spectacular cruise along the full length of this beautiful fiord.

Leaving behind the serene beauty of the Fiordland National Park, we make our way towards Dunedin — New Zealand’s oldest city. Then heading north, we stop and visit the Moeraki Boulders — a bizarre sight of huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach.

South Island travel ideas

South Island travel ideas: Explore historic Dunedin.


Continuing on to Mount Cook National Park, we view the spectacular snow-capped peaks — including New Zealand’s highest mountain. We visit the fascinating Sir Edmund Hillary Centre to learn more about this famous Kiwi’s achievements.

Finally, we make a stop at the quaint stone Church of the Good Shepherd situated on Lake Tekapo, before travelling through the expansive Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

South Island travel ideas

South Island travel ideas: Christchurch

If you have questions about any of the South Island travel ideas or experiences featured in this episode, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Do you have any South Island travel ideas to suggest? We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

Additional images: Bigstock

This episode of Tour the World was produced by Late Night Media Productions, under a co-production agreement with Peppercorn Productions, publisher of The Big Bus tour and travel guide. Copyright © Late Night Media Productions.


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  1. gemmajaneadventures says:

    Great post! I’ve just written a similar one on Gemma Jane Adventures. The South Island is so scenic. I loved traveling around there!

    • Hi Gemma. Thanks for the feedback. We will check out your post. The South Island is an amazing destination. Regards Adam Ford (Editor)

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