Hardy European pioneers founded the beautiful city of Nelson, New Zealand in 1842, although this..Nelson Lakes National Park Information
The Southern Alps find their beginning in Nelson Lakes National Park, 102,000 hectares of mountains..Abel Tasman National Park Information
It would be hard to imagine a more perfect piece of coastline - clear turquoise waters, golden..Golden Bay Information
Before you lay eyes on Golden Bay, you'll enjoy an amazingly scenic road journey. The long, slow..Abel Tasman Coast Track Information
Mostly within the boundaries of Abel Tasman National Park, the Abel Tasman Coast Track combines all..See all locations in Nelson Region
Situated at the extreme northern tip of the South Island, Farewell Spit stretches more than 30 kilometres into the Tasman Sea and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Maori name for the spit is Onetahua, meaning 'heaped up sand'.
Farewell Spit has been a bird sanctuary since the 1930s and provides a home for over 90 bird species. Bar tailed godwits, knots, curlews, whimbrels and turnstones fly around 12,000 kilometres every northern hemisphere autumn to spend the summer here in the south. The spit also has a gannet colony.
To guide passing ships, Farewell Spit's first lighthouse was built in 1869. In the early years the lighthouse site had no vegetation and windblown sand was an ongoing problem for the keepers. Then one clever keeper organised for small loads of soil to be delivered with the mail. He planted a windbreak of macrocarpa pines which are still there to this day. The pines protect the station from the shifting sands and provide a daylight landmark for passing ships.
The best way to experience the spit is on a 4WD safari. You'll find tour operators in nearby Collingwood.
Nestled in the Southern Alps of New Zealand on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is the..Milford Sound Information
Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by..Christchurch - Canterbury Information
Float above the plains in a hot air balloon or soak in relaxing thermal pools. Enjoy the excellent..Fiordland Information
Watch the mountains shake off winter and start to warm up for summer. Waterfalls are invigorated..Dunedin Information
The city of Dunedin was built with the riches of the gold rush, consequently it has one of the best..Otago Peninsula Information
Flanking the southern edge of Dunedin's extensive harbour, Otago Peninsula is high and rugged on..Akaroa Information
An easy drive south-east of Christchurch, Banks Peninsula is the South Island's most interesting..Doubtful Sound Information
Sometimes called the 'Sound of Silence' Doubtful Sound is the deepest (421 metres) and second..Tauranga Bay Information
n the coastline about 16km south west of Westport, you will find Tauranga Bay and the Cape Foulwind..Marlborough Information
Marlborough is full of activities for you to enjoy. No matter your budget and interests, there is..Hokitika Information
Hokitika was first settled in 1860, after the discovery of gold on the west coast. It was an..Central Otago Information
Central Otago is a region touched by history, with a powerful landscape of ancient mountains..Dunedin - Coastal Otago Information
Dunedin’s legendary gardens at Glenfalloch and Larnach Castle, are a profusion of colour and..Lake Wanaka Information
Lake Wanaka is a place to take a deep breath and relax. Protected from the outside world by the..Southland Information
Southland comes to life in spring. Crisp frosty mornings give way to bright sunny days. Bird life..See all locations in South Island