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Video guide: South Island travel ideas, New Zealand

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...

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!

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 visiting Queenstown, Franz Josef, amazing Milford Sound, Dunedin, and Mount Cook.

Ten of the best things to do on a South Island road trip

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

This unforgettable experience begins in Wellington — New Zealand’s much-loved capital city. We travel across the Cook Strait to the South Island and down the west coast to Franz Josef to see the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier.

The tour includes an exhilarating high speed jet boat ride on the Haast River, before we continue on to Queenstown — renowned for its array of adventure sports and activities.

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South Island travel ideas: Milford Sound

Our next stop is Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park for a cruise along the full length of this beautiful fiord.

From there, we make our way across to the east coast to Dunedin — the oldest city in New Zealand — for a fascinating visit to Larnach Castle.

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South Island travel ideas: Explore historic Dunedin.

Heading north to Mount Cook National Park, we enjoy spectacular views of the country’s highest mountain and visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Centre to learn about this famous adventurer’s many achievements.

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South Island travel ideas: Christchurch

The final leg of the journey takes us past beautiful Lake Tekapo and on to Christchurch — where the tour ends.

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

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