South Island

New Zealand's South Island, often referred to as the Mainland, offers an experience you will never forget. With breathtaking scenery of rugged mountains, tranquil lakes and wild rivers it is easy to get lost in its wonder. Running through the centre is the Southern Alps which is home to the country's highest peak, Mount Cook reaching over 3000 metres. The largest city on the South Island, Christchurch is renowned for its beautiful gardens and further south is Queenstown. Recognised as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown draws millions of tourists every year to its world renowned ski slopes.

Queenstown is a captive of its geography, a vibrant, cosmopolitan community hidden in the rugged heart of New Zealand's South Island. The waters of Lake Wakatipu, 82km long and the third largest in the country, impart an aura of serenity to the town and provide a stunning, panoramic outlook for the bars and restaurants that cluster along its foreshore. Visit Queenstown »

Lake Tekapo - famous for its unique turquoise lake, This highland settlement at 710 metres (2300 feet) is in the heart of the Mackenzie District and surrounded by a vast basin of golden tussock grass. Located In the centre of the South Island of New Zealand, Lake Tekapos geographical and central location is protected from rough coastal weather by the Southern Alps in the west and the Two Thumb Range to the east. Visit Lake Tekapo »