Big Cities of the South Island

Visit three of the South Island's major cities, getting to know local culture, and exploring stunning nature, world-class museums, pristine beaches, and towering mountains.

In this trip

  • Night LifeNight Life
  • CultureCulture
  • BeachesBeaches
  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places
  • Great FoodGreat Food

Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Christchurch, New Zealand

  • 2

    Queenstown, New Zealand

  • 3

    Dunedin, New Zealand

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Things to do in and around Christchurch

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  • Coffee Time in New Regent St
  • Willowbank Wildlife Reserve 10
  • Margaret Mahy Playground
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  • Tiger
  • Photo competition
  • Hagley Park
  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • 2276 Gondola
  • Canterbury Museum in Christchurch
  • Kaikoura Peninsula
  • Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand.
  • Christchurch Farmers' Market
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Steam Train - 245 Ferrymead
  • 185 Empty Chairs - 2 year anniversary
  • New Zealand - Hanmer Springs - Hill
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Christchurch

New Zealand, Canterbury region

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New Zealand's third-largest city boasts an array of architectural styles, landmarks of cultural significance, and many green areas.

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Canterbury Region. The Christchurch urban area lies on the South Island's east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula. It is home to 381,800 residents, making it New Zealand's third most-populous urban area behind Auckland and Wellington. The river that flows through the center of the city (its banks now largely forming an urban park) was named Avon at the request of the pioneering Deans brothers after the Scottish River Avon, which rises in the Ayrshire hills near what was their grandfather's farm and flows into the Clyde.
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Things to do in and around Queenstown

  • Queenstown
  • Downtown Arrowtown
  • Queenstown 2013
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  • Pool Surface
  • Milford Sound, toward Mitre Peak on a fine day
  • Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World, Wanaka
  • The Queenstown Market
  • Routeburn Track
  • Wanaka Lake
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Queenstown

New Zealand, Otago region

NatureActiveSmall townsCultureFood2 nights

A resort town offering a plethora of thrilling activities among gorgeous landscape, as well as a fine galleries, eateries, and more.

A resort town, Queenstown boasted 220 adventure tourism activities in 2012. Skiing and snowboarding, jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, skateboarding, tramping, paragliding, sky diving and fly fishing are all popular. Queenstown is a major center for snow sports in New Zealand, with people from all over the country and many parts of the world travelling to ski at the four main mountain ski fields (Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone). Cross country skiing is also available at the Waiorau Snowfarm, near Cardrona village.
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Things to do in and around Dunedin

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  • Vintage Model A and Model T Fords, Cadbury World, Dunedin
  • Dunedin
  • Caladesi Beach
  • Dunedin Chinese Garden
  • Two yellow-eyed penguins at home
  • Aramoana
  • CRW 3900
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  • Autumn at Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens, Dunedin
  • Takahe, (Porphyrio hochstetteri)
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  • Olveston House, Dunedin
  • Baldwin Street in Dunedin
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  • Larnach Castle, Otago Peninsula
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Dunedin

New Zealand, Otago region

HistoricCultureBeachesNight lifeFood2 nights

With fascinating history, superb cultural venues, and a rich architectural legacy, this lively university city will charm you.

Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the Otago Region. While Tauranga, Napier-Hastings and Hamilton have eclipsed the city in size of population in recent years to make it only the seventh-largest urban area in New Zealand, Dunedin is still considered one of the four main cities of New Zealand for historic, cultural and geographic reasons. Dunedin is a regular venue for touring ballet and dance companies, and also has multiple dance studios. Dunedin lends its name to the Dunedin Sound, a form of indie rock music which was created in the city in the 1980s.
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