- Mountains, Glaciers, and Beaches Hiking, climbing, short rain forest and coastal walks, glacier walks and scenic flights, and learning about the gold and coal-mining heritage are all popular West Coast activities. Across the Upper South Island, golden beaches and bays and forest-covered national parks are your playgrounds.
- Wildlife The Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman coast are home to several island sanctuaries where rare native wildlife is protected. At Kaikoura, whales, dolphins, and ocean-traveling albatross come close to shore to feed. You’ll find New Zealand seals in coastal areas throughout all these regions.
- Wine In Marlborough and Nelson the sunny-day–cool-night climate means grapes come off the vines plump with flavor. At many of the smaller wineries, you'll likely share your first taste with the winemakers themselves.
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