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Outdoor Activities in South Island

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Ranked #1 of 232 Outdoors 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 #2 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: National Parks; Outdoors
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Deep Canyon (Wanaka)
Ranked #3 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: Canyons; Outdoors
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Ulva Island (Stewart Island)
Ranked #4 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: Islands; Outdoors
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Milford Track (Fiordland National Park)
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$162* and up
Ranked #5 of 232 Outdoors 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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Milford Sound (Te Anau)
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$189* and up
Ranked #6 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: Scenic Drives; Waterfalls; Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Doubtful Sound (Te Anau)
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$180* and up
Ranked #7 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Ranked #8 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: Hiking Trails; Outdoors
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Ranked #9 of 232 Outdoors 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 #10 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
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Ranked #11 of 232 Outdoors 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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Hollyford Track (Te Anau)
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$1,422* and up
Ranked #12 of 232 Outdoors 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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Aoraki/Mt. Cook (Mt. Cook Village)
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$349* and up
Ranked #13 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
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Lake Tekapo (Lake Tekapo)
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$113* and up
Ranked #14 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Ranked #15 of 232 Outdoors 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 #16 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: Hiking Trails; Outdoors
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Bike 2 Wine (Renwick)
Ranked #17 of 232 Outdoors 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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Kepler Track (Te Anau)
Ranked #18 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Outdoors
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Lake Pukaki (Canterbury Region)
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$273* and up
Ranked #19 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Otago Peninsula (Dunedin)
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$142* and up
Ranked #20 of 232 Outdoors 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 #21 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: Hiking Trails; Outdoors
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Banks Peninsula (Christchurch)
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$281* and up
Ranked #22 of 232 Outdoors 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 #23 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: Ski/ Snowboard Areas; Bodies of Water; Outdoors
Wanaka is a gorgeous place on wanaka lake.
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Queenstown Hill (Queenstown)
Ranked #24 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: Mountains; Trails; Outdoors
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Pancake Rocks (Punakaiki)
Ranked #25 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: Geologic Formations; Outdoors
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Ranked #26 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
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Ranked #27 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: Beaches; Trails; Outdoors
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Tunnel Beach (Dunedin)
Ranked #28 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
Owner description: Tunnel beach is at the bottom of a short, but steep, walk across private land (closed 1st August to end of October, for... more » Owner description: Tunnel beach is at the bottom of a short, but steep, walk across private land (closed 1st August to end of October, for lambing). In the 1870's it was farmed by John Cargill, he had a tunnel dug to allow his children to access the beach. The beach itself has stunning sandstone formations, some resident pidgeons, Sea caves and some very old graffiti. « less
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Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park (Abel Tasman National Park)
Ranked #29 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: National Parks; Tours; Outdoors
Owner description: Year-round guided and independent walking, guided sea kayaking and water transport in Abel Tasman National Park. Options from... more » Owner description: Year-round guided and independent walking, guided sea kayaking and water transport in Abel Tasman National Park. Options from 2 hours to 5 days in the Park. Fast, safe comfortable Vista Cruise. Overnight at Torrent Bay Lodge or Meadowbank Homestead – Awaroa on the beachfront within Park boundaries. Ensuite accommodation, fine food, no heavy packs to carry. Travel with 2010 NZ Tourism Award winners. Let us take care of the details while you switch off and enjoy. « less
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Queenstown Garden (Queenstown)
Ranked #30 of 232 Outdoors in South Island
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
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