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Top South Island Spots This Winter

8th Apr 13

Are you in need of holiday inspiration for the upcoming winter? New Zealand's South Island offers a whole range of attractions - whether you enjoy exploring natural coastlines, dense native bush, snowy mountain ranges or tranquil lakes. Choose from activities including skiing, snowboarding, jet boating, bungy jumping, tramping, walking and scenic flights. Read on for more ideas to help you plan your winter holiday in New Zealand!  

The Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers  

These unique natural wonders are amongst the easiest to view in the world. Just a short walk will take you to the foot of the glaciers, where you can see ancient river valleys and blocks of solid blue ice. Seeing these glaciers is a rare opportunity not to be missed - so make sure you take the chance to explore them while you're in the South Island.  


This scenic adventure destination is nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges. Popular with tourists and visitors from all over the world, it offers many outdoor activities including skiing, snowboarding, fishing, bungy jumping, skydiving, white water rafting, jet boating, cycling, vineyard tours and much more. Make sure you plan plenty of time to explore this incredible destination - a few days simply won't be enough!  

Mt Cook  

As New Zealand's tallest mountain, Mount Cook (Aoraki) is a sight to behold. With skyscraping peaks, glaciers and year-round snow fields, it's the perfect place for a winter escape. There are a range of different climbs or walks to suit all ability levels but if you'd prefer not to camp in the national park, you'll find comfortable accommodation and amenities in the nearby Aoraki/Mount Cook Village, or the nearby towns of Twizel and Lake Tekapo.  

Lake Tekapo  

In the heart of Mackenzie Country in New Zealand's central South Island, you'll find Lake Tekapo. Just a short distance from Mt Cook, it's a great place to stop and explore. Just a few popular activities in the area include air safaris, astronomy tours, cycling, Tekapo hot springs and horse trekking. New Zealand's most popular tourist route, State Highway 8, passes through Lake Tekapo and provides incredible views of the landscape - so make sure you take the time to enjoy the road trip!  


Wanaka is known for its beautiful landscape, clear blue skies and views of the mountainous South Island region. Visit Lake Wanaka to enjoy the tranquil clear waters - ideal for jet boating, sailing and kayaking. Other popular activities in the area include hiking, canyoning, climbing, fishing, skydiving, snowboarding and skiing - plenty to keep you occupied during your stay!  

Exploring the South Island of New Zealand is easy with a Campervan from Sunrise Holidays. Just hire one of our many affordable options to enjoy travelling at your own pace, in comfort - with all accommodation and transport taken care of at once! Browse through our range of campervans to find the right choice for you, or contact us to make a booking for your winter holiday in New Zealand.

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