South Island Tour Guide
The South Island is the larger of the two main islands of New Zealand. Christchurch also known as ‘The Garden City’ is the largest city in the South Island. Having a New Zealand surfing guide can offer a unique experience with local knowledge to help make your vacation perfect both in the cities and the outdoors. Take a South Island tour and let your tour guide show you the best of New Zealand, while combining it with your chosen activity.
The South Island’s idiosyncratic wildlife: whales, fur seals, dolphins and penguins all frequent the coastal waters around Kaikoura, partnered by an armada of pelagic bird species including petrels and albatross. NZ’s endangered Hector’s dolphins cavort in the waters of Banks Peninsula and the Catlins, and the Otago Peninsula has penguins, royal albatross and sea lions. Further south, often battered by Southern Ocean winds, Stewart Island presents opportunities to spy NZ’s iconic but shy kiwi in the wild.
The most iconic experiences are best enjoyed with a healthy sense of adventure. Kayak in the meandering coves of the Marlborough Sounds or amid Fiordland’s remote isolation, scare yourself silly with Queenstown’s gravity-defying menu of bungy options, or take to two wheels through stunning scenery on the Otago Central Rail Trail. During winter, squeeze in a short ski-field break around Wanaka, Queenstown or Mt Hutt. Further south Dunedin offers great surf and 1 hour away is the Catlins which is host to a number of the South Island’s best surf spots.