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New Zealand’s South Island

Famous for its starring role as ‘Middle Earth’ in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, New Zealand’s South Island beckons you to discover its Oscar-worthy landscapes for yourself with an unforgettable holiday experience.

Admire breath-taking snow frosted mountain landscapes as you cross the Southern Alps on the famed TranzAlpine railway and gaze across the extraordinary Fiordland National Park on a cruise through the tranquil waters of Milford Sound.

Take in the colonial treats of the quaint Christchurch and Dunedin towns, and get your pulse racing in the adventure-sports capital of Queenstown… a New Zealand South Island holiday makes ‘mythical’ silver screen splendour an incredible reality.

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  • Riding Coronet Peak, Queenstown

  • Milford Sound view

  • Hot air balloon over Canterbury plain - Tourism New Zealand/David Wall

  • Cycling through the vineyards of Nelson, New Zealand

  • Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, South Island, New Zealand

  • Fox Glacier, New Zealand

  • Lake Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

  • Tunnel Beach, Dunedin

  • Treble Cone, Wanaka

  • Hiking Sealy Tarns Trail, Mount Cook

  • Road to Westhaven, Kahurangi - Nelson Tasman NZ

  • Aoraki Lake Pukaki, Canterbury - South Island Tourism/Rob Suisted

  • Dining with a view over Queenstown

  • Wharariki Beach scenery - Oliver Weber/Nelson Tasman NZ

  • Cardrona Distillery, Wanaka

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

  • 23℃
  • 22℃
  • 20℃
  • 17℃
  • 14℃
  • 11℃
  • 11℃
  • 12℃
  • 15℃
  • 17℃
  • 19℃
  • 21℃
  • 12
  • 10
  • 10
  • 12
  • 11
  • 12
  • 12
  • 12
  • 10
  • 11
  • 10
  • 11

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.

Rainfall

When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.

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Wendy Wu Tours are the UK’s leading specialist tour operator offering fully inclusive tours in almost every region of the world, from Asia to South America. With over 25 years of touring experience, they offer an authentic experience, delving deep into local life, with expert guiding from ...

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