Things to do
Milford Sound Cruise - Make your way to the town of Lumsden along the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu. If the water in the lake looks clean, that is because it is. Scientists have rated at 99.9 percent pure - making this the second purest lake water in the world.
Tour of Hobbiton - Get up close an personal with the Baggins family at the 'Hobbiton' movie set. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' world comes alive here as you journey through middle earth in what actually took over 150 locations all over the country for the trilogies.
Abel Tasman National Park - Stay at the most sought after resort town in the area, Kaiteriteri, with a perfect breakfast for kings before you head over to Abel Tasman National Park. Clearly one of southland's most-sought-after attractions, the Park has numerous trails running through it aside from the popular scenic coastal route.
Best time to visit All throughout the Year
New Zealand's rugged beauty and varied landscapes make it a spectacular destination to visit at any time of year. Spring-from September to November is the season to find the country flush with new green grass, baby lambs, blooming trees and snow-clad mountains. Christchurch is one of the cities to visit during spring. New Zealanders traditionally take their main family holiday break at Christmas and into January.
The summer months of December to March bring long, bright and sunny days, ideal for visiting some of the country's lovely beaches. Autumn heralds milder weather and fewer visitors while still being very pleasant times to visit. It is also a great for hiking. Crisp clear days, see trees in New Zealand turn yellow in autumn. Go for long scenic drives admiring the yellow coloured leaves. Since it is an island, one can expect steady breeze and intermittent showers.
How to reach
The majority of international flights arrive in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city located towards the top of the North Island.
There are many domestic flights connecting to Auckland International Airport and number of domestic airports throughout the country. New Zealand has good connectivity to all popular domestic routes.
New Zealand has a good, wide road network, making it a good option for rental cars, motorhome and limousine drives.
Rent a bike or a cycle; experience the country yourself at your own pace.