Things to Do on New Zealand's South Island

Hiker walking on Mt Cook
Aoraki (Mount Cook)

Our top tips for seeing New Zealand’s South Island

When to go and places to visit are only the tip of the glacier on New Zealand’s South Island. For more ideas on things to do, how to drive around the island, and spend your time in the main cities, our Experts and guest bloggers have put together their best advice and experiences below.

If you're planning a holiday in South Island, talk to a Travel Expert today on 0800 707 6010.

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Round the World Expert Martin Bovingdon

Consider a Milford Sound Overnight Cruise instead of a day trip in order to get that intimate experience after the crowds have gone home.

- Martin Bovingdon, Expert
If you love hiking, you'll love New Zealand. Our favourite is the Hooker Valley Track at Aoraki/Mount Cook, which takes around 4 hours to complete and looks like this #expertfinds #aoraki #mountcook #newzealand #mondaymotivation