The South Island of New Zealand has become one of the most popular tourist destinations due to its various natural attractions — magnificent fjords, splendid beaches, breath-taking glacier-carved mountain ranges, and diverse flora and fauna.
South Island is known for its adventure tourism, where the bold and daring can try bungee jumping, glacier climbing, skiing, hiking, camping, and kayaking. It has several hiking paths, with the Milford Track as the most recognized, where visitors can take a walk and indulge in the lushness and abundance of the sights around them.
Christchurch is the largest city in South Island. It has a flourishing ecosystem that boasts of a wide array of wildlife. There’s the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, for instance. It offers visitors a glimpse of New Zealand’s many different wildlife such as wallabies, kiwi birds, water eels, lemurs, and keas. There’s also the Christchurch Botanic Gardens where native New Zealand flora grow, with the Avon River adding to the exotic feel of the whole environment.
On South Island’s west coast, there is a small district where visitors can go to revel in the rich natural scenery of the surroundings. The place is called Punakaiki, home to the renowned Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. These pancake-like limestone formations were formed around 30 millions years ago through the solidification of various compounds, and seismic activities. Visitors have the option to join an organized walk to see the landscape, blowholes, and surge pools up close.
With all these wonderful tourist attractions that promise to enrich everybody’s life experiences, South Island is indeed a treasure that travelers should place on top of their must-see lists.