Travel 2 Australia & New Zealand 2018/19

South Island

South Island at a glance The dominant feature of New Zealand’s stunning South Island is the Southern Alps, mountains which form the island’s backbone, and create a dramatic landscape of glaciers, lakes, rivers and fiords. To the east of the mountains lies the fertile patchwork of the Canterbury Plains, whilst the rich soils to the north have lent themselves to one of the world’s finest wine-producing regions, Marlborough. There’s a real flavour of home in the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch, and in Scottish- influenced Dunedin, whilst Queenstown is the activity capital, which challenges all the senses.

Kahurangi National Park

Picton

Nelson

Blenheim

Westport

Punakaiki

Tasman Sea

Greymouth Hokitika

Kaikoura

Arthurs Pass

Franz Josef Glacier

Fox Glacier

Christchurch

Akaroa

Haast

Mount Cook

Banks Peninsula

Timaru

Milford Sound

Wanaka

Oamaru

Pacific Ocean

Queenstown

Te Anau

Lumsden

Dunedin

Doubtful Sounds

Gore

Invercargill

Catlins Coast

Stewart Island

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FLIGHT INFORMATION: Christchurch is the main gateway to the South Island, with direct international services from Asia and the South Pacific, and frequent domestic connections across New Zealand. Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin all have direct flights from a number of Australian cities. FLYING TIME FROM UK: Approx. 24 hours

BEST TIME TO VISIT: The South Island is considered a temperate climate, and the best time to visit is summer (Dec-Feb) when temperatures average 20-30°C. The winter months (Jun-Aug) are mild, typically around 10-15°C; although the alpine areas and ski resorts experience regular snowfall and below-zero temperatures. The west coast is wetter than the east coast, much of which lies in the rain shadow of the Southern Alps. TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT +12 hours

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