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Ranked #1 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Horseback Riding Stables
Owner description: Horse treks run on a working high country sheep and cattle farm at the foot of the Southern Alps and only 1 hour from... more » Owner description: Horse treks run on a working high country sheep and cattle farm at the foot of the Southern Alps and only 1 hour from Christchurch City - various treks available with 1hour, 2hour, 3hour and full day. « less
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Ranked #2 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Trails; Biking Trails
The Otago Central Rail Trail - New Zealand's original slow trail.
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Ranked #3 of 611 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 #4 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Museums
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Ranked #5 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: National Parks
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Doubtful Sound (Te Anau)
Ranked #6 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Ranked #7 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Hiking Trails
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Milford Track (Fiordland National Park)
Ranked #8 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Hiking Trails; Mountains
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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Milford Sound (Te Anau)
Ranked #9 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Bodies of Water; Waterfalls; Scenic Drives
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Deep Canyon (Wanaka)
Ranked #10 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Canyons
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Lake Tekapo (Lake Tekapo)
Ranked #11 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Bodies of Water
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Ranked #12 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Routeburn Track (Te Anau)
Ranked #13 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ulva Island (Stewart Island)
Ranked #14 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Islands
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Ranked #15 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Tours; Gardens
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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Abel Tasman Coast Track (Abel Tasman National Park)
Ranked #16 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Hiking Trails
Owner description: Hiking (or "tramping" as New Zealanders call it) from one end to the other of this 32-mile track will take days, so if you're... more » Owner description: Hiking (or "tramping" as New Zealanders call it) from one end to the other of this 32-mile track will take days, so if you're time-constrained, pick up a section of it. The view can't be beat as you walk through sandy bays and lagoons, past coves and estuaries. « less
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Lake Wanaka (Wanaka)
Ranked #17 of 611 attractions in South Island
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Peninsula Walkway (Kaikoura)
Ranked #18 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ranked #19 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Bodies of Water

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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Ranked #20 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Geologic Formations
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Ranked #21 of 611 attractions in South Island
Owner description: Experience true terror, fun and frights at Fear Factory, Queenstown's newest, scariest haunted attraction! Be brave, grab a... more » Owner description: Experience true terror, fun and frights at Fear Factory, Queenstown's newest, scariest haunted attraction! Be brave, grab a tight hold of your best friends and enjoy the horror that lurks in our spooky halls! « less
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Lake Pukaki (Canterbury Region)
Ranked #22 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Bodies of Water
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Olveston (Dunedin)
Ranked #23 of 611 attractions in South Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: Built for Dunedin Businessman, Philanthropist and Collector David Theomin, Olveston was his private family home and home to... more » Owner description: Built for Dunedin Businessman, Philanthropist and Collector David Theomin, Olveston was his private family home and home to his vast collection of art, antiques, furniture and objet d'art purchased from around the world. With no heir to inherit the property, his daughter Dorothy 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: 9.30 Am and 10.45 Am, 12 noon, 1.30 Pm, 2.45 Pm and 4 pm. Group bookings available at a time to suit. Tour are conducted in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, German, French, Japanese and Dutch speaking guides are available for groups on request. « less
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Hollyford Track (Te Anau)
Ranked #24 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Hiking Trails; Trails; Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Ben Lomond Walkway (Queenstown)
Ranked #25 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ranked #26 of 611 attractions in South Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: History 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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Otago Peninsula (Dunedin)
Ranked #27 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Geologic Formations; Nature/ Wildlife Areas

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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Banks Peninsula (Christchurch)
Ranked #28 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Geologic Formations
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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Aoraki/Mt. Cook (Mt. Cook Village)
Ranked #29 of 611 attractions in South Island
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Hooker Valley Track (Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu))
Ranked #30 of 611 attractions in South Island
Category: Hiking Trails
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