South Island attractions include activities for every taste. If you’re an outdoor fan, you can enjoy either an eco sensitive or boat tour, and marvel in the abundant wildlife of the region; if you are an adventure seeker, you can enjoy kayaking, bungee jumping, skydiving, parasailing and more; snow sports fans can enjoy skiing, ice hikes or ice climbing. You may even see the best South Island attractions while on an aerial exploration by plane or helicopter. However, South Island attractions also include museums and galleries of historical and artistic interest. There is much to see and do in this one-of-a-kind New Zealand paradise.
South Island boasts a list of interesting museums. The most visited ones include the Canterbury Museum, built in 1867, which specializes in stories of early Maori and European settlements as well as Antarctic exploration.
Another one of the most visited museums is the Otago Museum in Dunedin, the largest cultural institution displaying over two million artifacts from the fields of science and human history. Display of fauna and flora from around the world were recently added in 2007.
While visiting Invercargil, the Southland Museum and Art Gallery is a must, as it contains large collections of the region’s art and natural history. It’s well known for the pyramid design, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
South Island attractions also include many galleries, an important part of South Island attractions; most of these display works of local artists.
Cathedrals and Parks
Christchurch is a beautiful destination; it boasts a beautiful cathedral of neogothic design as well as a monument to those who died in World War I. A visit to its Botanical Gardens is a must.
South Island is home to numerous National Parks. All of them offer great opportunities to see the region’s wildlife.
Commuting With Nature
As you leave the region of Christchurch towards the South, is Akaroa, a seaside town. Its main South Island attraction includes spotting dolphins and colonies of penguins.
Heading South to Queenstown is the central Otago region, with great museums, castles and parks, offering eco-sensitive tours, where you can see the wildlife. You may also take a boat tour, a big attraction, and see the fur seals, and other marine animals.
Heading further south is Queensland, known as the top destination for “outdoor addicts.” Winter sports fans come to Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, to ski. Those in need of a thrill can enjoy the outdoors while either hiking, fly fishing, or bungee jumping.
Milford Sound, another amazing attraction, is often called “nature at its grandest”. You’ll appreciate the beauty of the waterfalls and mirror-like lakes.
The glaciers of the West Coast are part of South Island attractions. They are really slow moving rivers pushing ice masses down the side of the Southern Alps to the rainforests close to the sea. They are great places for hikes on the ice, climbing and skiing.
Once you spend time on its shores, you’ll agree that South Island’s main attraction is its breathtaking beauty.