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SOUTH ISLAND HOLIDAYS

Best-Time-to-Travel
HIGH SEASON
Nov - Mar
Flight-Duration
FLIGHT TIME
25 hours
UK-Airport-Options
FLY FROM
All major UK airports
Direct-Flight
DIRECT FLIGHT
No

South Island Holidays

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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South Island Holidays Fact File

Best-Time-to-Travel
HIGH SEASON
November - March
Flight-Duration
FLIGHT DURATION
25 hours
UK-Airport-Options
UK AIRPORT OPTIONS
London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh
Direct-Flight
DIRECT FLIGHTS
No
Country-Combinations
COUNTRY COMBINATIONS
Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, Doha, Dubai, Pacific Islands,
Currency
CURRENCY
New Zealand dollar
Time-Difference
TIME DIFFERENCE
+ 13 hours
Language
LANGUAGE
English




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