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Ranked #1 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Other
Owner description: Wanaka Helicopters offers a variety of high standard flights around Lake Wanaka, into the National Parks and surrounding... more » Owner description: Wanaka Helicopters offers a variety of high standard flights around Lake Wanaka, into the National Parks and surrounding areas such as Mount Aspiring, and to spectacular Milford Sound. All scenic flights include remote alpine landings and walk arounds. We operate a variety of different sized helicopters, which means that no minimum passenger numbers apply to our flights. We can cater for all number combinations. Wanaka Helicopters also offers a product called Heli-Adventures, which includes soft adventure type activities for the more adventurous, such as mountain biking, fishing, hiking and jet boating. We also offer to opportunity to fly yourself in a one off training flight called our 'Mission Possible'. Not only are we a scenic flight operator, we are a training school, training pilots to gain their private helicopter license, as well as their commercial helicopter license. All our instructors are highly professional and safe pilots and flight instructors. « less
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Ranked #2 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Biking Trails; Trails; Outdoors
The Otago Central Rail Trail - New Zealand's original slow trail.
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$180* and up
Ranked #3 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: National Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #4 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Museums; Cultural
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Ranked #5 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos/Aquariums
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Deep Canyon (Wanaka)
Ranked #6 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Canyons; Outdoors
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Milford Sound (Te Anau)
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$189* and up
Ranked #7 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Scenic Drives; Waterfalls; Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Ranked #8 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Hiking Trails; Outdoors
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Ulva Island (Stewart Island)
Ranked #9 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Islands; Outdoors
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Doubtful Sound (Te Anau)
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$180* and up
Ranked #10 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Milford Track (Fiordland National Park)
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$163* and up
Ranked #11 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Mountains; Hiking Trails; Outdoors
Believed to be one of the most scenic walking routes in the world, this trail is in the heart of Fiordland National Park.
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Ranked #12 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors

If you are fortunate to have a few days up your sleeve and looking for a great place to explore or just chill out on your tour of NZ then the Marlborough Sounds is a must.  The... more »

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Lake Wanaka (Wanaka)
Ranked #13 of 493 attractions in South Island
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Ranked #14 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Gardens; Tours; Outdoors
Owner description: The Giant's House - A historic Akaroa house with original artworks, terraced gardens with sculptures and mosaics. Very... more » Owner description: The Giant's House - A historic Akaroa house with original artworks, terraced gardens with sculptures and mosaics. Very Unique. A creative feast and a wonderful experience. Romantic secluded and quiet, but only a few minutes walk to the centre of Akaroa.The Giant's House was the first bank managers house in Akaroa, built 1880 of totara and kauri. It is grand in size, proportions, and features. Elegant and comfortable, it is designed and decorated in the french style. Being the home of an artist it balances and contrasts the historic and contemporary. Both the house and terraced gardens are full of surprises -expect the unexpected at The Giant's House! « less
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Lake Tekapo (Lake Tekapo)
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$114* and up
Ranked #15 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook (Mt. Cook Village)
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$349* and up
Ranked #16 of 493 attractions in South Island
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Hollyford Track (Te Anau)
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$1,425* and up
Ranked #17 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Hiking Trails; Trails; Outdoors
Owner description: Located in the spectacular Fiordland National Park the dramatic Hollyford Track is one of the greatest guided walks in New... more » Owner description: Located in the spectacular Fiordland National Park the dramatic Hollyford Track is one of the greatest guided walks in New Zealand. Three Day Hollyford Track Guided Nature Walk In this 3 Day / 2 Night all inclusive guided wilderness experience you will be transported from the wilderness to the sea. Traversing the Hollyford Valley by foot, jetboat and finally helicopter. Your expert and passionate guides will bring to life the diversity of landscape, vegetation and wildlife, sharing captivating stories of early Maori and Pioneering families. Our small intimate group size ensures a more personal service, in our comfortable private lodges where first rate cuisine and fine wines are served. The trip concludes with a helicopter flight into Milford Sound before returning you to Queenstown. « less
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Ranked #18 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Geologic Formations; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Peninsula Walkway (Kaikoura)
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$250* and up
Ranked #19 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Hiking Trails; Outdoors
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Bike 2 Wine (Renwick)
Ranked #20 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Biking Trails; Outdoors
Owner description: Bike 2 Wine provides bikes for you to explore the Marlborough wine trail . Being in Renwick you are in the heart of the wine... more » Owner description: Bike 2 Wine provides bikes for you to explore the Marlborough wine trail . Being in Renwick you are in the heart of the wine region. Don't bike the 10km from Blenheim - let us pick you up. We also deliver Local $5 or Blenheim $10 per person extra. Standard bikes only $30 per day, Tandems $60. We provide Maps & good advice. Our back up van is always on call. If you stay at Olde Mill House B&B your bikes are FREE!. We are lonely Planet's recommended wine tour by bike in the Marlborough region.Don't be overcharged come to the best. « less
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Ranked #21 of 493 attractions in South Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: History Museums; Museums
Owner description: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is a museum of social history dedicated to telling the story of the people of Dunedin and the... more » Owner description: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is a museum of social history dedicated to telling the story of the people of Dunedin and the surrounding area, whose character, culture, technology, art, fashion and transport shaped New Zealand’s first great city.Its fourteen themed galleries feature interactive displays and powerful narratives tracing the human history of the area, from the earliest settlers to the most recent arrivals.Captivating exhibitions are complemented by an on site shop and café. A well-equipped research centre and archive is available for those interested in genealogy and other aspects of local history. « less
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Lake Pukaki (Canterbury Region)
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$274* and up
Ranked #22 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Kepler Track (Te Anau)
Ranked #23 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Outdoors
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Otago Peninsula (Dunedin)
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$142* and up
Ranked #24 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Geologic Formations; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors

One of the most enjoyable walks on the Peninsula is Sandymount. From the carpark you walk through a lane of old gnarly trees which have featured on a famous Dunedin Sound... more »

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Hooker Valley Track (Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu))
Ranked #25 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Hiking Trails; Outdoors
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Olveston (Dunedin)
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$15* and up
Ranked #26 of 493 attractions in South Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Olveston was built for Dunedin Businessman, Philanthropist and Collector David Theomin as a private family home and home for... more » Owner description: Olveston was built for Dunedin Businessman, Philanthropist and Collector David Theomin as a private family home and home for his vast collection of artworks, priceless antiques, exotic furniture and objet d'art purchased from around the world. With no heirs to inherit the property, his daughter, Dorothy Theomin gifted the house and the contents to the city of Dunedin in 1966. Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied in the early 1900s as a family home. Entry inside the house is by guided tour only (1 hour, max. 15 People per group). Tours commence daily at: 9.30Am, 10.45Am, 12 noon, 1.30 Pm, 2.45 Pm and 4 pm. Group bookings available at a time to suit. Tours are conducted in English. Mandarin, Cantonese, German, French, Japanese and Dutch speaking guides are available for groups on request. The grounds and gift shop are open free of charge 9am - 5pm. Qualmark 2014 - The Olveston gardens was assessed by the New Zealand Gardens Trust as a Garden of National Significance. « less
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Banks Peninsula (Christchurch)
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$282* and up
Ranked #27 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Geologic Formations; Outdoors
Owner description: Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, New Zealand is a must see for its stunning views, beautiful bays and quirky campgrounds.... more » Owner description: Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, New Zealand is a must see for its stunning views, beautiful bays and quirky campgrounds. Little River is the gateway to the peninsula. The township has a hotel/pub, 2 cafes, a petrol station, art gallery, craft store and small museum. There are B&Bs, plus the Little River Campground in Okuti Valley Road. They have affordable campervan parks with power, cabins and tentsites set beside a river. The southern bays have some of the best surf, if you know the secret spots as well as good, safe swimming beaches, walking tracks and the Little River Rail Trail. It is a a place that is often over looked as tourists head to Akaroa. If you want to experience more than the usual, to get off the beaten track and really explore, ask at the craft station, which has an info centre. « less
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Wanaka (Wanaka)
Ranked #28 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Ski/ Snowboard Areas; Bodies of Water; Outdoors
Wanaka is a gorgeous place on wanaka lake.
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Ranked #29 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Biking Trails; Hiking Trails; Trails; Cultural
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$20* and up
Ranked #30 of 493 attractions in South Island
Category: Gardens; Cultural
This garden is home to the best collection of exotic and indigenous plants in New Zealand.
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