The South Island of New Zealand is characterized by grand open landscapes.
Generally cooler in climate than the North Island but don't forget sunhats and t-shirts - temperatures are routinely in the 30°C's in summer. In winter the sea buffers the temperatures which rarely drop much below 0°C except in mountainous regions.
Northern regions of the New Zealand South Island:
- Marlborough - Wine, whales and the magical Marlborough Sounds
- Nelson Tasman - or Top of the South (includes Golden Bay) - Sun, golden sands and culture
- West Coast - including Buller and Westland - Wild wet wilderness
- Canterbury - The majesty of the Southern Alps sweeping down to the plains
There are many destinations of interest to the traveller. Here are a few of them:
- Kaikoura - Whales and beautiful scenery
- Nelson - The sunshine city
- Picton - Gateway to the Marlborough Sounds
- Franz Josef and Fox Glacier - Ice, luscious bush and the wild sea