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Welcome to South Island

South Island

The South Island is the larger of the two New Zealand islands and is sometimes called the mainland. The South Island has some impressive scenery and some wonderful places to visit, with a large variety of attractions and activities. The largest city in the South Island is Christchurch, known as the 'Garden City' because of its many beautiful gardens, and its tree-lined streets. Queenstown, known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, is a great location from which to explore Milford Sound and Fjordland National Park. New Zealand's glaciers by and large are located in the Southern Alps near the Main Divide. The South Island is also home to eight of the ten biggest lakes in New Zealand. Marlborough is New Zealand's largest grape growing and wine making region and is blessed with a year-round sunny climate and regularly records the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand. Nearly all of the wineries welcome visitors for tasting sessions and many have a cafe or restaurant on site. Greymouth is the major town on the West Coast and the terminus for the TranzAlpine rail journey from Christchurch.

The South Island is less populated than the North and appears to have a slower pace of life, with rural scenes of sheep-filled pastures and remote farm settlements backed by rugged snow-covered mountains.

The South offers an abundance of activities and attractions set in wondrous surroundings, with a huge diversity of things to see and do.

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The official languages in New Zealand are English and Maori.


Local currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD), divided into 100 cents. Most businesses accept MasterCard and Visa, and while Diners Club and American Express are also widely accepted in the main tourist centres, they might have limited acceptance elsewhere. Travellers cheques and foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some hotels. ATMs can be found in all towns and cities.

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