South Island

Courtesy of Hapuku Lodge

New Zealand’s South Island is the larger but less populated of the country’s two main islands. It is ridiculously scenic – in fact, when you picture New Zealand, chances are you’re envisioning the South Island, with its rugged alpine peaks, vast plains and glorious coastline.

  • Perfect for
    Adventurers | Families | Romantics | Ultimate Indulgers
  • When to go
  • Ideal length of stay
    3-5 Nights

Designing Your Journey

Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.

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    First-Timer's New Zealand

    The best of New Zealand includes time on both islands as well as lots of guided activities. An ideal itinerary, which Indagare’s expert team can help arrange, starts on the South Island.

    • Itinerary Highlights

      Most itineraries kick off in Queenstown, the islands’ unofficial adventure capital, which is surrounded by stunning scenery. Don’t miss out on guided hikes, scenic helicopter tours with a glacier landing and meeting local farmers and vintners.

    • The Perfect Lodge

      South Island also has the most spectacular accommodations – after all, the term “super lodge” was coined here. Indagare’s favorites are selected for their incredible locations and excellent food and wine. Allow our travel specialists to be your matchmaker.

    • Special Activities

      New Zealand is the place to splurge on guided activities. As one Indagare client raved: “It was by far the most adventurous trip I’ve ever taken, and you were right to spend the money on the activities and not only on the accommodations.”

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Indagare's Simone Girner
“New Zealand’s South Island is a feast for the senses. Beginning in Christchurch, the scenic drive to Kaikoura takes about four hours and should be broken up with a long lunch at the beautiful Pegasus Winery. In Kaikoura, set sail on a popular whale-watching excursion before driving two hours into the heart of New Zealand’s Marlborough wine region, where you can sample a wide selection of varietals.”
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