The Authentic Guide to the South – South Island Itinerary
The Good South – The Authentic Guide to the South of the South Island
Why go South? Nature’s unique environment here is a possibility. One of the globe’s youngest landforms, Aotearoa’s only original mammals were bats with the result that many birds evolved to become flightless due to a lack of predators. Then there’s the plant life, of which about 80% is endemic.
With its relatively youthful age of about 540 million years it’s still shaping itself. The Southern Alps continue to grow and active fault lines fracture the South Island.
The southern part of New Zealand is the least populated yet contains some of the country’s most diverse and spectacular landscapes within short distances of each other.
Moss covered beech forests nudge into the remnants of glaciers which have left sprawling, braided river valleys in their wake. Alpine peaks shoot skywards out of the fiords. Fast moving weather systems from the confluence of the Tasman Sea, Pacific and Southern Oceans provide a cocktail of seasonal changes.
The lower South Island contains Te Wāhipounamu, (Maori for a ‘place of Greenstone) a World Heritage site made up 2.6million hectares combining the national parks of Aoraki/Mt Cook, Fiordland, Mt Aspiring /Tititea and Westland /Tai Poutini – a quarter of the country’s area.
Within approximately five hours drive from Queenstown and Wanaka, travellers can reachChristchurch International airport, the Southern Coastline, Hokitika, Milford Sound and Dunedin. Southern landforms, its waterways, climate and sky can change within an hour behind the wheel or a few minutes flight.
South Island activities usually reflect the environment. Walking, cycling, 4WD, jetboats and scenic flights all revolve around nature’s presence.
Adventure tourism activities such as bungy jumping, skydiving and rafting provide a more intense experience heightened by the backdrop of the wild southern landscape.
The Great Scone Trail
Travellers usually seek out good food too. The Great Scone Trail provides a guide to quality tearooms, cafe’s and bakeries out in the countryside while exploring our itineraries.
The Good South gives visitors a roadmap of places to see, eat at and experience. We’re always looking for new places, sights or travel tips and your input is valued.