South Island Road Trip, New Zealand | Ten Amazing Things to Do

July 1, 2021 Off By admin

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In this video, we bring you ten amazing things to do on a road trip around New Zealand’s stunning South Island. Our list includes the chance to cruise the glacial waters of Milford Sound, take a spin on the Shotover River outside Queenstown with Shotover Jet, taste the famous pinot noirs of the Central Otago wine region, step back in time in New Zealand’s only castle, and much more.


0:00 Introduction
0:59 Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki
1:26 Greenstone carving, Hokitika
2:51 Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef
3:31 South Westland Salmon Farm, Paringa
4:02 Jet boat ride, Queenstown
6:06 TSS Earnslaw cruise, Queenstown
7:04 Central Otago wine tour, Queenstown
8:56 Milford Sound cruise and scenic flight
11:09 Larnach Castle, Dunedin
12:30 Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, Mount Cook
12:59 Punting tour on the Avon River, Christchurch.

To do all ten (which are spread right across the island), you’ll need around ten days. We travel roughly in an anti-clockwise direction from the top of the island. This list only scratches the surface, and there are hundreds of other amazing things to see and do along the way.

Head to our website for more ideas for things to do on the South Island:

Ten of the best things to do on a South Island road trip:

Queenstown travel guide:

Christchurch travel guide:

Nelson travel guide:

Ten top things to do in Dunedin:

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This video is hosted by Adam Ford – editor of The Big Bus tour and travel guide and an Australian travel TV presenter, writer, blogger and photographer. Adam has travelled extensively through Australia, Europe, Asia, North America, parts of South America, Africa and the Middle East. He hosted and co-produced three series of the Tour the World travel TV series on Network Ten.

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Camera/sound: @Andrew McDonald

Additional footage courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

Note: This video was filmed prior to the COVID-19 shutdown. Some attractions may not be operating and travel restrictions may apply.

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