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.