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South Island

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Things to do: nature, museums, fun & games

Māui's Canoe

The wilder of New Zealand's two main islands, South Island offers a feast of nature in all its glory. Extensive, untouched plains connect alpine landscapes with rugged shorelines, creating a home for an abundance of animals and vegetation, on land and in the rich surrounding waters. Renowned as a window to the natural world before man (something that scores of film directors have tapped into over the years), South Island folds its cities and townships into the surrounding landscape, their populations adding something singular to the mix. On your trip to South Island, you'll witness the awe-inspiring cultural heritage of the Maori, whose art and architecture complements the developments of the colonial legacy. The result is a land of characterful buildings, rolling vineyards, and free-spirited adventure. Arrange all the small, but important details of your South Island trip itinerary using our New Zealand travel itinerary maker.
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Fun & games, adventure, nature
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Parks, museums, historic sites
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Museums, wildlife areas, historic sites
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Nature, scenic drive, trails
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Nature, theme parks, winter sports
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