Me and two friends are flying in and out of Christchurch. We plan on hiring a car and heading to Queenstown for at least a few days. We already have some ideas as to how to spend our time, of course, but I'm very interested in what suggestions people here may have.
So what would you suggest one do on the South Island of New Zealand for a week if one has never been there before? Open to any ideas, including skiing, "extreme sports", sightseeing, pretty towns and places, etc.
Steam boat, lord of the rings safari, Milford sound, gandola about 10 years agoAnswered by Nz lover via Travellr.com
My knowledge on Christchurch is a little rusty, but if you are driving down from there to Queenstown i would recomend stopping in Mt.Cook if you can spare a night there great if not atleast have lunch.
As for Queenstown here are my favourite things.
1. Doubtful sound cruise - less commercial.On your way back stay the night in Wanaka.
2. Do a helicopter flight with a landing in the snow.
3. The gondola and the Luge ride up there is pretty common to do but the ZIPTREK - this is awesome and i really enjoyed zipping on the lines with the awesome views of the mountains and lakes.
4. If you go in the Ski season then you can but a pass and take a bus up for the day.
5. The Nomads- Lord of the Rings tour is pretty cool as suggested above even if you are not a lord of the rings fan. They also offer some awesome 4WD and quad bike tours.
6. There are some really fun pubs by the lake - not far fromt he Novotel Queenstown.
If you need more suggestions let me know! about 10 years ago
The south island is by far the best island in NZ. Depending on what you're into - you can find some amazing beaches up the top in the Abel Tasman National Park. If you do head up there, you should rent a kayak from Kaiteriteri Beach, pack a tent and camp on the beaches of places like Mosquito Bay, Bark and Torrent Bay.
If you're around Christchurch, you can drive north to Kaikoura where you can do some whale watching and crayfish diving. Or head toward the West Coast through Arthur's Pass National Park. If you do take this road, spring for the nicest rental car you can find. The road is awesome! Over on the coast you'll also find some pretty crazy surfing. For ski fields, head up Mt Hutt. A buddy of mine was there last week and said they're having a pretty good season. Don't bother with the other mountains close to Christchurch. If skiing/snowboarding is your thing, you should try and get to Queenstown, via Wanaka, and, particularly, to Cadrona (mountain). Once you're down that way, you'll be amazed by Fiordland, which you can see via a cruise boat of from one of the many walking tracks.
Whatever you decide, you won't be disappointed. Just make sure you get out of the cities and see NZ for what it's internationally known for! about 10 years ago