Taylor-Milford-Sound

By Mike Sheer

4 Attractions in New Zealand's South Island You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

4 Attractions in New Zealand's South Island You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

New Zealand is made up of three islands: North Island, South Island and Stewart Island. Each island has its own charm and distinct character, but it is the South Island that stands out in terms of beauty.

(During February 2019, I traveled to New Zealand‘s South Island. I based myself in Queenstown and made my way to see some of the South Island’s gems such as Milford Sound, Lake Wanaka, Mount Cook and more. It was such a memorable solo trip that I am yearning to go back and explore more. – Taylor)

4 Attractions in New Zealand's South Island You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

The South Island is the largest of the three, although it is not the most populated, leaving plenty of space for nature and recreation. The island has to be seen to be believed, as the landscape is so magnificent and varied. With incredible fjords, mountains and rolling grassy landscapes, it is truly a wonder to behold.

Exploring the sights of the South Island should be on everyone’s bucket list. Here are ideas for four attractions you need to see when you make your way to New Zealand’s South Island.

**This is a guest post from Mike Sheer Consulting.


Sail the Sounds

4 Attractions in New Zealand's South Island You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

Situated at the top of the South Island, the Sounds are home to some of the best wildlife that you could ever imagine. The Marlborough Sands are essentially valleys that have been filled up with water from the Pacific Ocean. Made up of four sounds, Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru, Pelorus and Mahau, the waterways provide a rich habitat for creatures of the sea. It is at the Sounds where you could catch a glimpse of dolphins, seals, whales, penguins or even rarer species such as the king shag.

Many choose to explore this incredible area by boat, to really enhance the experience and get up close and personal to the wildlife as possible. You can choose to join a pre-organized tour or hire a boat and have your own adventure. Either way, you will love seeing what this part of the island has to offer. The area is also the largest wine region in the country, so make sure you pay a visit to a vineyard or two for a tasting experience.

Head to the Abel and Tasman National Park

4 Attractions in New Zealand's South Island You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

New Zealand’s South Island is home to one of the most beautiful coastlines that can be found around the world. Expect golden, sandy beaches, granite and marble formations as well as beautiful forest land. You could explore this park on foot, bike or by sea. There is so much to see and do here! As noted in Ben Groundwater’s The One Thing blog series at 1 cover, it is a common misconception that campers can set up anywhere in New Zealand. Whilst the country does use a concept known as ‘Freedom Camping’, this still doesn’t mean that visitors can set up camp on protected land. You will need to be careful if you choose to spend your time in the National Park camping. There are many campsites available, all offering you the chance to sleep amongst the incredible beauty of the region.

Head to the West Coast

4 Attractions in New Zealand's South Island You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

The west coast of New Zealand’s South Island is where you need to be if you want to see mountains, glaciers and rainforests. This part of the island is so sparsely populated and this really gives the area an incredible feeling of wildness that adventurers will love. Glaciers really should be on your must-see list if you make it over to this part of the island. Head to Franz Josef or Fox, two of the most accessible glaciers in the world. They have so much of a reach on the island that they actually meet up with an area of rainforest, creating some breathtaking landscape. Take a hiking tour to really experience these wondrous glaciers up close and personal, we promise you won’t regret it.

Take a Lord of the Rings Tour

4 Attractions in New Zealand's South Island You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

Many people head to the South Island of New Zealand because they have fallen in love with the beauty of the landscape through the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. These spectacular movies have inspired some fantastic tours, giving fans the chance to get to see the sights that they loved from the films for themselves. A helicopter flight across the landscape used in the making of the films is one of the best ways to see everything. That’s how Peter Jackson captured most of his aerial footage and if it’s good enough for him, you should be able to see everything you want to as well.


4 Attractions in New Zealand's South Island You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

If you have any questions about New Zealand‘s South Island, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

Basic Facts of New Zealand:

Currency: New Zealand Dollar, Capital: Wellington

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Taylor-Milford-Sound

By Mike Sheer

4 Attractions in New Zealand's South Island You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

4 Attractions in New Zealand's South Island You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

New Zealand is made up of three islands: North Island, South Island and Stewart Island. Each island has its own charm and distinct character, but it is the South Island that stands out in terms of beauty.

(During February 2019, I traveled to New Zealand‘s South Island. I based myself in Queenstown and made my way to see some of the South Island’s gems such as Milford Sound, Lake Wanaka, Mount Cook and more. It was such a memorable solo trip that I am yearning to go back and explore more. – Taylor)

4 Attractions in New Zealand's South Island You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

The South Island is the largest of the three, although it is not the most populated, leaving plenty of space for nature and recreation. The island has to be seen to be believed, as the landscape is so magnificent and varied. With incredible fjords, mountains and rolling grassy landscapes, it is truly a wonder to behold.

Exploring the sights of the South Island should be on everyone’s bucket list. Here are ideas for four attractions you need to see when you make your way to New Zealand’s South Island.

**This is a guest post from Mike Sheer Consulting.


Sail the Sounds

4 Attractions in New Zealand's South Island You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

Situated at the top of the South Island, the Sounds are home to some of the best wildlife that you could ever imagine. The Marlborough Sands are essentially valleys that have been filled up with water from the Pacific Ocean. Made up of four sounds, Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru, Pelorus and Mahau, the waterways provide a rich habitat for creatures of the sea. It is at the Sounds where you could catch a glimpse of dolphins, seals, whales, penguins or even rarer species such as the king shag.

Many choose to explore this incredible area by boat, to really enhance the experience and get up close and personal to the wildlife as possible. You can choose to join a pre-organized tour or hire a boat and have your own adventure. Either way, you will love seeing what this part of the island has to offer. The area is also the largest wine region in the country, so make sure you pay a visit to a vineyard or two for a tasting experience.

Head to the Abel and Tasman National Park

4 Attractions in New Zealand's South Island You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

New Zealand’s South Island is home to one of the most beautiful coastlines that can be found around the world. Expect golden, sandy beaches, granite and marble formations as well as beautiful forest land. You could explore this park on foot, bike or by sea. There is so much to see and do here! As noted in Ben Groundwater’s The One Thing blog series at 1 cover, it is a common misconception that campers can set up anywhere in New Zealand. Whilst the country does use a concept known as ‘Freedom Camping’, this still doesn’t mean that visitors can set up camp on protected land. You will need to be careful if you choose to spend your time in the National Park camping. There are many campsites available, all offering you the chance to sleep amongst the incredible beauty of the region.

Head to the West Coast

4 Attractions in New Zealand's South Island You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

The west coast of New Zealand’s South Island is where you need to be if you want to see mountains, glaciers and rainforests. This part of the island is so sparsely populated and this really gives the area an incredible feeling of wildness that adventurers will love. Glaciers really should be on your must-see list if you make it over to this part of the island. Head to Franz Josef or Fox, two of the most accessible glaciers in the world. They have so much of a reach on the island that they actually meet up with an area of rainforest, creating some breathtaking landscape. Take a hiking tour to really experience these wondrous glaciers up close and personal, we promise you won’t regret it.

Take a Lord of the Rings Tour

4 Attractions in New Zealand's South Island You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

Many people head to the South Island of New Zealand because they have fallen in love with the beauty of the landscape through the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. These spectacular movies have inspired some fantastic tours, giving fans the chance to get to see the sights that they loved from the films for themselves. A helicopter flight across the landscape used in the making of the films is one of the best ways to see everything. That’s how Peter Jackson captured most of his aerial footage and if it’s good enough for him, you should be able to see everything you want to as well.


4 Attractions in New Zealand's South Island You Need to Add to Your Bucket List

If you have any questions about New Zealand‘s South Island, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

Basic Facts of New Zealand:

Currency: New Zealand Dollar, Capital: Wellington

Categories:

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