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Video guide: South Island travel ideas, New Zealand

Researching a visit to New Zealand? Get inspired by this episode of the Tour the World travel TV series as we join Scenic Tours on an incredible 12-day journey around the South Island.
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South Island travel ideas: Shotover Jet, Queenstown. Image: Tourism New Zealand

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 — co-produced by The Big Bus tour and travel guide — 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 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.

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!

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: Larnach Castle. Image courtesy of DunedinNZ

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.

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

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

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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