Author: Tim Brewster

Travelling without a car in the South Island

Travelling without a car in the South Island The Good South recommends: Get in touch with the official i-site network prior to travel Wanaka, Dunedin, Mt Cook, Queenstown, West Coast, South Coast…what’s the connection on your South island itinerary?  You can get to them all without driving yourself. The majority of South Island bucket list spots can all be explored using buses or shuttles. It’s an option an increasing number of travellers are taking. The South Island roads can be stressful if you aren’t used to New Zealand’s driving conditions. The roads are windy and often narrow.  Some people...

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Hokitika, Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

Hokitika, Franz Josef and Fox Glacier Hokitika The Good South Gem: West Coast Wilderness Trail   Wild West coast beaches and hinterland are a natural backdrop to this thriving community -they even have a Facebook page dedicated to sunsets. The seaside town has a lively arts scene to match its colourful heritage during the goldrush days of the 1860’s. The town also received a flurry of publicity when it was the setting for the 2013 Booker Prize winning novel The Luminaries which added an element of intrigue to the area. Hokitika becomes an annual magnet for foodies with its renowned...

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The Authentic Guide to the South – South Island Itineraries

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...

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