Top Tourist Attractions in the South Island of New Zealand

The South Island is the jewel of New Zealand, showcasing some of the most contrasting natural environments you’ll ever see. There’s everything from ancient glaciers to vast golden beaches, majestic sounds carving through sky-­scraping mountains to lush rolling farmland. Below, Top Tourist Attractions in the South Island of New Zealand to help you plan the best itinerary for your journey ‘down under’.

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Great Walks in New Zealand

If you want to truly experience our vast wilderness down here in New Zealand then there is only one thing you can do… get amongst it! Lucky we have a great network of hiking tracks, each offering a different perspective of our epic landscapes. Great walks in New Zealand are the elite of the elite. In New Zealand’s most iconic, untouched and beautiful places, these nine walks have something to delight around every turn – native wildlife popping up to say “kia ora,”indescribably magic views and landscapes so contrasting it’s like you’re visiting many different countries all at once. A True 100% Pure New Zealand Experience

Milford Sound

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Best New Zealand Itinerary for a Honeymoon

In New Zealand romance greets you at every turn – on a secluded beach; as the sun sets on the alps; under the clearest of starry nights – so what better place to spend one of the most wonderful times of your life? Here are some of the most romantic places that together make up the Best New Zealand Itinerary for a Honeymoon…

Couple taking a romantic walk during their New Zealand honeymoon.

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Things to do in Wanaka New Zealand

Wanaka is nestled lakeside, surrounded by huge mountain ranges and protected nature reserves, it is like Queenstown’s charming little sister – a lovely little mix of small town warmth and a slow, relaxed pace in one of the most beautiful settings in New Zealand.
If you love nature, adventure, relaxing, wine, or all of the above, you will find countless things to do in Wanaka, New Zealand. In winter, world-class ski resorts attract snow bunnies from all over; but, Wanaka is not just a skier’s dreamland, all year round you can hike, kayak, fish, mountain bike, tour vineyards or simply soak up that view with a glass of wine, lakeside!

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Top Tourist Attractions in the North Island New Zealand

Our little country packs quite a punch for its size -­ around every corner you’ll find diverse culture, unbelievable landscapes and colorful history – so we’ve handpicked the top tourist attractions in the North Island to give you a hand planning the most unforgettable New Zealand adventure.

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Jasmijn and Julia explore Hobbiton Middle Earth

Jasmijn and Julia two of First Light Travel’s latest interns venture into the Waikato to explore Hobbiton Middle Earth the now famous movie set to see what all the fuss is about. Jasmijn is from Elst in the Eastern part of Holland near the German boarder and Julia is from Munich in Germany so both like the hobbits are no strangers to the delights of beer – but will the Hobbit village and especially the Green Dragon Inn meet their high expectations.

Hobbiton, Matamata New Zealand

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Travelling Safely in New Zealand

It’s fair to say New Zealand’s a pretty safe place to travel, we have no poisonous snakes or dangerous animals and are populated by a small group of pretty laid back, genuinely friendly people. Hell our police don’t even carry guns! – We have nothing to worry about!

But ‘Keeping it Real’ there are few things you do need to be aware of, especially if you are planning to get out into the great outdoors. This post is dedicated to travelling safely in New Zealand, the possible problems you may encounter, some practical solutions on how to preempt the unforeseen so you can breath easy and enjoy your time in our wonderful country.

A sign warning of the dangers of driving in New Zealand.

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Best Day Hikes in the South Island

The South Island is the ‘crown jewel’ when it comes to hiking, offering an overwhelming amount of the best New Zealand day hikes set amongst an untouched wilderness. We’ve put in the miles for you and come up with six world-­class day walks to consider conquering on your South Island New Zealand vacation.

Seals in New Zealand

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Ashley & Jordi Dive the Poor Knights

We are Ashley & Jordi, Canadian & Dutch Tourism Management students in Amsterdam. As part of our studies we needed to complete a five month internship which we chose to do at First Light Travel in New Zealand. During our time there we were able to explore much of the beautiful country and one of our most unforgettable experiences was to dive the Knights Islands. A protected nature reserve with a rich Maori history, these uninhabited islands off the East coast of New Zealand’s North Island have now been labeled ‘tapu’ or sacred.

Our intrepid interns exploring Northland

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Rosa and Juuso Hike the Tongariro Northern Circuit

We are Juuso and Rosa, Tourism Management students from Finland. As a part of our studies we need to complete five months of internship, and we decided to do that at First Light Travel in New Zealand.  During our stay we have explored the country, and one of our trips was to take 3-days and Hike the Tongariro Northern Circuit in the beautiful Tongariro National Park. For us it was something very special as we don’t have anything like that in Finland…

A hiker enjoying the clear morning in Tongariro National Park

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