Luxury South Island Holiday Packages

The South Island of New Zealand is like a lavish spread, a heavenly place that offers up a smorgasbord of sites and attractions, from rugged mountain settings and peaceful coastal bays to the rolling hills of the famous wine country. You’ll find all of this rolled up into one big, beautiful package, one that is just waiting to reveal itself.   

Less than a quarter of New Zealand’s population lives on the South Island, yet geographically, its larger land mass and rugged centre make it the country’s main attraction. Drawing millions of nature lovers and adventure seekers each year to its many holiday attractions, the natural wonders of the island grab hold, and stimulate the imagination.  

Go punting down the Avon River in the quaint city of Christchurch or revel in the birds-eye-views from high atop Queenstown on the Skyline gondola ride. Experience the diverse landscape along the island’s shores with a stroll along the placid bay in Akaroa or cruise the stunning fjords of Milford Sound.  From the inviting cityscapes to the great outdoors, New Zealand’s South Island is the gift that keeps on giving.

Things to do

TranzAlpine – This iconic South Island rail journey winds its way from Christchurch to Greymouth as it passes through the spellbinding mountain settings of Arthur’s Pass National Park.  Both a relaxing way to see the sights and a convenient method of travel between the east and west coasts, the TranzAlpine can be enjoyed as a daytrip, an overnight excursion or a one-way journey as part of a South Island tour.

Skiing – The ski runs of the South Island are one of the biggest tourist draws in New Zealand. The South Island enjoys nine commercial ski areas which are all just a pleasant drive away from Christchurch or Queenstown. Enjoy the fresh powder and magnificent scenery on thrilling ski fields made for everyone from beginners to the most advanced. This is one of the most invigorating ways to enjoy the outdoors when visiting the South Island.  

Hiking – From the rainforest and beach trails of the Abel Tasman Coast to the panoramic views and winding mountain pathways of Mount Cook or the Kepler Track of Fiordland National Park, getting out and exploring the South Island on foot will reveal some of the most breathtaking scenery on earth.