The South Island really does offer something for everyone. Find yourself looking out from the heights of the towering Southern Alps one day， then driving across the natural beauty of the flat Canterbury Plains another.
For lovers of wine， visit the Marlborough region and taste test selections ranging from backyard to boutique. Be amazed by the ancient ice of West Coast glaciers or get involved in nature by kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park near Nelson or hiking one of its plentiful tracks.
There's nothing quite like the experience of swimming with dolphins at Akaroa or whale watching at Kaikoura. Visit more natural wonders such as the hot springs of Hanmer or treat yourself to a journey on the world-renowned TranzAlpine rail to Greymouth.
Christchurch， the garden city， is the international gateway to the South Island and has many enticing holiday attractions. Dunedin， the university town， is a place where you can immerse yourself in Scottish heritage.
The grandeur and serenity of Milford and Doubtful sounds offer every visitor the opportunity for some very special holiday memories. Also in this region， enjoy the ski fields of Queenstown， jet boating， bungee jumping， remote four-wheel drive tours， Lord of the Rings experiences and some of the best eco-tourism journeys on offer in the world.