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South Island
South Island
Cycling the vineyards
Cycling the vineyards
Milford Sound Fiordland
Milford Sound Fiordland
Queenstown
Queenstown
Map of South Island

An island of immense variety and exquisite scenery

There are few places in the world where you can sit on a beach and view snow-capped peaks, but this is certainly one of them. Add to this, crystal clear, shimmering fiords where steep cliffs reach up to iridescent blue skies, deep undergrowth which opens out to dramatic vistas of sea, mountains and the long white cloud clinging to distant hills and you have a snapshot of a destination which promises much and delivers more.

Why visit the South Island?

  • Incredible national parks
  • Glaciers and mountains
  • Scenic fiords
  • Wineries
  • Activites galore in Queenstown
  • Beautiful cities

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Premier Holidays & South Island

Our vastly experienced travel advisors are passionate about South Island. With first-hand knowledge of when and where to go they can create the perfect holiday experience for you, at the best possible price.

The facts:

Flight duration: Christchurch is approximately 26 hours from the UK (including a stopover). Key areas on the island have domestic airports or are within an easy drive.

Best time to travel: There really isnít a bad time to visit South Island, although there is a far greater seasonal difference than on the North Island. In winter temperatures can get as low as -10ļC while summers can experience temperatures as high as 40ļC. The west coast of South Island has the islandís highest rainfall.

Local time: GMT +12 hours.

Currency: New Zealand dollar.

Language: English.

Passports & Visas: A full British passport, which is machine readable and valid for six months beyond your return date is required.

Health: Before booking any holiday we recommend that you consult a general practitioner or health professional for information on any health requirements for the areas you wish to visit. If you have previously travelled to a Yellow Fever area, you may be required to provide a vaccination certificate.