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5 Top Places In The South Island For A Getaway

Kathleen-Rose Marr
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Queenstown  Kat Marr

If you haven't visited these places, I suggest you get started!

Some would argue the North Island is better than the South Island, for someone who has lived in both, I must say, the Te Waipounamu is pretty amazing! There really is no place quite like it, even if it is very cold...You need to check out these hotspots!

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1. Akaroa

The little French town surrounded by blue waters that everyone loves! Akaroa has amazing restaurants with even better views, you can hire kayaks and paddle boards to explore the ocean. If you haven't been to Akaroa, make sure it's your next destination.

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2. Queenstown 

If you love a relaxing day out, Queenstown has some of the best wineries in the South Island, pair that with stunning views of the mountains and you can't go wrong. As for the town centre, there are endless food options so you will never go hungry! Hop on board the Earnslaw cruise and enjoy Walter Peak. 


3. Kaikoura

Famous for whale and dolphin watching, and of course incredible seafood! I have never tasted a crayfish as good as these! Friendly locals make Kaikoura even more enjoyable too.


4. Milford Sound

Fishing, sailing, kayaking, walking or cruising- Milford Sound has it all! Even if you don’t want to walk, you can fly into Milford Sound on a small plane or if you’re feeling adventurous, a helicopter! The scenes here are breathtaking with waterfalls and clear blue lakes!

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5. Lake Tekapo

Seriously...The clearest blue water you will ever see! Tekapo has some of the most spectacular views in the world. You can't go past Tekapo without visiting The Church of the Good Shepherd, right next to the water and have breathtaking views of the Southern Alps, you will love it.