Upper South Island and the West Coast Travel Guide
Plan Your Upper South Island and the West Coast Vacation
The South Island has been carved by ice, water, and tectonic uplift, all processes still rapidly occurring. Here, the mellow farmland greens and jumbled forest-covered ranges of the North Island are replaced by snowcapped mountains, glaciers, rivers that sprawl across wide-shingle beds and, in the northeast, drowned river valleys.
Bed-and-breakfasts, farm stays, and homestays, all a variation on the same theme, abound in the South Island in some... read more
In Marlborough visit a winery restaurant—there's no better way to ensure that your meal suits what you're drinking. Cloudy... read more
Things To Do in Upper South Island and the West Coast
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Mountains, Glaciers, and Beaches: Hiking, climbing, short rain forest and coastal walks, glacier walks and scenic flights, and... Read more
Golden sand, sheltered bays, and granite headlands are washed by clear blue water and fast-moving tides; rocky inshore islands provide... Read more
Kahurangi is a vast wilderness of marbled karst mountains, glaciated landforms, alpine tablelands, rivers, alpine tarns and beech,... Read more
Snow-covered peaks and alpine passes sit between two deep brooding, forest-surrounded lakes. Dense native forest, swampy wetlands, and... Read more
Towering granite cliffs and stacks of pancake rocks, dark tannin-stained rivers edged by virgin kahikatea forest, karst landscapes... Read more
Gigantic blocks of ice creaking high on the glacier, their blueness sparkling in the sun; sheer, black glacial-gouged bluffs and tons of... Read more
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