The alpine, adrenaline paradise of Queenstown is never short on activities. After all, this is the town where bungee jumping was born and home to The Remarkables ski area. The hiking around Queenstown is some of the best on the South Island, and the nightlife in Queenstown is somewhat legendary thanks to its global community [...]
Many travelers know that the South Island of New Zealand is world famous for its wines. In fact, the wine tasting on the South Island of New Zealand is so varied and of such high quality that it’s quickly becoming one of the world’s best wine holidays. The Marlborough Sounds produce what is arguably the [...]
To New Zealand travelers, Queenstown is legendary, and the mere mention of the lakeside town can elicit feelings of adventure and awe. In an effort to break down exactly what it is that visitors love so much, here are 7 reasons to visit Queenstown that help contribute to the South Island fun. The Adrenaline It’s [...]
To the native Maori, the name “Aoraki” accurately describes the towering summit of Mt. Cook. Translated as “cloud piercer”, this lone spire thrusts higher than any other peak in the Southern Alps, and in a nod to the cultural significance of the mountain, the name of the peak was officially changed to the full name [...]
It’s impossible to discuss the most beautiful corners of the world and not mention the South Island of New Zealand. From glacially-fed lakes to golden beaches to the actual glaciers themselves, the South Island is a place where waterfalls and waterways form a unique type of Polynesian beauty. After all, of all the places in [...]
For most travelers, New Zealand is comprised of only two islands, the North Island and the South Island. While these two islands do, in fact, boast the greatest amount of things to do in New Zealand, the nation of New Zealand is actually comprised of dozens of different islands. Though a handful of locations such as the Chatham Islands and Great Barrier Island boast a modest, year-round population, their small size makes it almost understandable that they could be overlooked on a map.
Stewart Island, on the other hand, is large enough in size that it’s often referred to as the “third island of New Zealand.” Set off the southern tip of the South Island, this windswept, isolated, beautiful outpost is comparable in size to the island of Maui and only has a population of around 400 people.