If you’re planning a holiday to South Island, New Zealand, you’ll find plenty of things to do and see. From the bustling city of Christchurch to whale watching in Kaikoura, there is a wide range of attractions.
You’ll probably begin your adventures at Christchurch, as this is where most international flights land. Known as the garden city due to large areas of green spaces, you won’t be short of things to see. Canterbury museum offers an amazing display of rare Maori artifacts as well as over 1,000 paua shells.
You won’t want to miss the botanic gardens opposite the museum, where you’ll find some of the finest displays of exotic plants. Besides, you’ll want to visit the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, where you’ll find plenty of exotic animals. If you have children, they’ll enjoy petting and hand-feeding some of the animals.
Wine Tasting at Pegasus Bay Winery
Enjoy wine tasting as well as a delicious meal at the Pegasus Bay winery. This family-owned business has won awards for its food and wine. Dishes include seasonal oysters and duck.
Whale Watching in Kaikoura
Driving north along the east coast from Christchurch, you’ll discover Kaikoura, a pretty coastal town. One of the island’s most celebrated attractions is whale watching, which takes place here. As well as whales, you’ll also spot a colony of fur seals, and the opportunity to swim with dolphins.
Mysterious Moeraki Boulders
Moeraki boulders are a breathtaking sight. They’ve taken millions of years to form, and sit along the Otago coast. Spherical in shape, each weighs several tonnes, and they’re all up to two metres in height. Moeraki itself is a quiet fishing village and rich in Maori history.
Explore the Natural Beauty of the Catlins
The Catlins is situated on the Southern tip of the east coast and is an area of stunning beauty. With its dense green forests, spectacular waterfalls, and famous rock formations, you’ll have plenty to see and do.