Explore New Zealand's picturesque mountains, lakes and glaciers when you book a trip to the country's South Island. Save on white water rafting, heli hikes, zip lining and much more in this must-visit region.
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Travel flexibly around New Zealand's North & South Island with the Hokey Pokey bus pass, hopping on and off where you like! This pass is a combination of the Funky Chicken + Milford Sound Explorer it's 24 days of pure adventure.
The South Island is the ultimate playground for outdoor-minded travellers. The rugged ranges of the Southern Alps, world-class hiking tracks, and rare wildlife are some of the key features of the 12th largest island in the world. The South Island has just over 1.1 million inhabitants, which is less than the city of Auckland alone.
The South Island generally has warm and sunny summers, but in winter this is the coldest island. Don’t let that hold you back though, for the winter activities are equally enjoyable!
However, summer is the best season for hiking. The South Island hosts most of New Zealand’s Great Walks, multi-day tramps that are praised for the natural spectacles they display. The Kepler Track, Milford Track, and Routeburn Track are among the most astounding, but the Heaphy Track in Kahurangi National Park is distinctive for its many different ecosystems.
The western part of the South Island is covered with vast mountain ranges, and the activities here are quite astonishing. You can fly over the snowy peaks and icecaps with a Fox Glacier Scenic Flight or a glacier landing at Franz Josef, where you can examine the icy world underneath the surface.
There are several ways to conveniently get around the South Island. You can purchase a Stray hop-on, hop-off bus pass or the Kiwi Experience bus pass to be flexible with your travel schedule and to be able to stop at the most beloved landmarks and towns!