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Truly the scenic wonderland of New Zealand, it's easy to run out of superlatives when describing an island relatively sparsely populated by man but with an abundance of breathtaking natural gems.

The spectacular Southern Alps run down the spine of the South Island; to their east the patchworked agricultural landscape of the Canterbury plains, the 'english' city of Christchurch and the renowned whale-watching base of Kaikoura; at their heart, the alpine glories of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.

The rugged West Coast is hemmed between the Tasman Sea and the imposing mountain chain, making for spectacular contrasts in the surrounding scenery and creating fabulous opportunities for once in a lifetime experiences, such as a helicopter flight up onto the Franz Josef Glacier followed by a guided hike through the glacial ice formations.

The less populated of the two islands, it’s easy to run out of superlatives when describing a place with such a wealth of breathtaking natural wonders. The spectacular Southern Alps run down the spine of the South Island; to their east, the patch worked agricultural landscape of the Canterbury plains, the ‘English’ city of Christchurch and the renowned whale watching base of Kaikoura; at their heart, the alpine glories of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. The rugged West Coast is hemmed between the Tasman Sea and the imposing mountain chain with fabulous opportunities for once in a lifetime experiences, such as a helicopter flight onto the Franz Josef Glacier. Queenstown’s reputation as the adventure capital of New Zealand is well founded, but it’s also a fantastic ski resort too. Off the beaten track there’s nearby Wanaka, a picture postcard lakeside setting with a reputation for tranquillity.

Neighbouring Fiordland’s enchanting glacier cut valleys, cascading waterfalls and ancient forests should be on your ‘to do’ list and the scenic flight back from Milford Sound to Queenstown, over lakes, mountains, waterfalls and forests will take your breath away. Finally, the sunshine rich town of Blenheim is the ideal base from which to explore the vineyards of Marlborough and sample a sauvignon blanc or two.

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Blanket Bay
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New Zealand South Island Queenstown
    Blanket Bay lodge lives and breathes the wild New Zealand landscape in which it sits, perched on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with views of Mount Earns...
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Te Waonui Forest Retreat
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New Zealand South Island Franz Josef
    South Island’s award-winning Te Waonui Forest Retreat really does have it all: the treetop setting, eco-credentials, organic fine dining cuisine and c...
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Stewart Island Lodge
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New Zealand South Island Stewart Island
    Stewart Island is strewn 30km off the coast of New Zealand’s South Island, a secluded little oasis for birdlife and discerning visitors alike. Lying ...
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Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte
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New Zealand South Island Abel Tasman National Park
    Like staying at a friend’s luxury holiday home, Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte offers that desirable mix of welcoming comforts and outright exclusivity....
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The Hermitage Hotel Mt Cook
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New Zealand South Island Mount Cook
    You can’t beat the mountain views from The Hermitage Hotel, boasting an unrivalled position within the Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park, surrounded entire...
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Alpine Suites on Tekapo
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New Zealand South Island Lake Tekapo
    Jenny and Kevin welcome you to their beautiful abode which is the epitome of New Zealand hospitality: Alpine Suites on Tekapo. Stunning views of the ...
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Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco
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New Zealand South Island Nelson
    Set amidst beautifully manicured gardens, this boutique resort offers both hotel rooms, studio apartments and self-contained cottages, ensuring the pe...
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The George
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New Zealand South Island Christchurch
    This five-star hotel is on the doorstep of many of Christchurch’s best attractions, and yet retains a peaceful and secluded atmosphere for guests. Th...
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Hotel Montreal
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New Zealand South Island Christchurch
    This all-suite hotel offers unique and tranquil accommodation in the heart of Christchurch. With picture-perfect Hagley Park on its doorstep, Hotel M...
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Distinction Dunedin
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New Zealand South Island Dunedin
    Studios are equipped with either one plus super king-size or two twin beds, 55-inch television, washer/dryer, fridge, microwave and a double showerhea...
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