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Why visit South Island?
Home to lush green mountains, picturesque lakes, and striking glaciers, New Zealand's South Island offers visitors some of the world's purest natural landscapes. Boasting a range of cities and towns to visit including Christchurch - South Island's largest city known for quaint heritage buildings and green spaces, Queenstown - known for skiing and adventure sports, and Lake Tekapo - a small township bordering the iconic lake from which it takes its namesake - known for hot springs and natural beauty.
When to visit South Island
Winter sees a lot of visitors to the South Island for the ski season. For those seeking a ski holiday, winter (June-August) is the best time to visit. Queenstown is a popular ski destination on New Zealand's South Island. Other times are less popular though still a lovely time to visit particularly for those seeking less crowds. While the temperature is never particularly high, summer sees average temperatures in the low 20's in degrees Celsius which is pleasant for exploring and getting about in nature.
Getting around New Zealand's South Island
Taking a road trip around New Zealand's South Island is one of the best ways to get around and soak in all the natural beauty. For those low on time, there are airports at the major cities so getting around by plane is possible. Alternatively, there are coach and rail services that can take you around the island, as well as ferries for reaching connected seaside destinations.
Things to do on South Island
Explore the historic grounds of Larnach Castle and stay for high tea in the afternoon. Enjoy the street art decorating the buildings in Christchurch or head to Queenstown and check a few thrilling activities off your bucket list. Bungy jump the Kawarau Bridge or go on a boat tour at Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park. Hit the ski slopes at the Remarkables or take a scenic flight over Mount Cook National Park. When you're ready to relax, spend a leisurely afternoon at any of the gorgeous wineries or rest your weary bones in the natural hot springs. With mountain trails to climb, glowworm caves to explore, and possibly the best stargazing in the world to marvel at, there's no question that a South Island holiday is one you'll likely never forget.
Where to stay in South Island
Make a booking at a South Island accommodation today and start planning the most thrilling getaway of your life. With worthy cities and landmarks on every corner of the island, you can't go past a stay at one of Accor's South Island hotels. You can find Accor accommodation in the following locations throughout the South Island
- Lake Tekapo
- QueenstownDiscover the most welcoming hotels for every budget and itinerary.