Many of our favorite pictures of New Zealand are those from the South Island (you can view pictures of the beautiful North Island by clicking here).
The South Island offers amazing beauty and contrast. From beautiful surf beaches, to snow capped peaks, New Zealand's South Island offers visitors a stunning range of vistas.
The South Island offers photo opportunities at every turn, and it is impossible to describe just how beautiful it is. The Southern Alps provide an amazing backdrop, and the rugged West Coast has a charm all its own. The Nelson region feels almost tropical in comparison, yet snow capped peaks are visible in winter.
Kaikoura will wow you with its beauty, particularly in winter, when the snow capped mountains seem to disappear into the ocean.
Queenstown and Wanaka are both lakeside and are bordered by towering peaks.
And you will not believe the colour of Lake Tekapo.
And of course, Milford Sound is perhaps the most stunning of all South Island locations. Vertical cliffs that fall into deep, dark water, numerous waterfalls, and an often misty facade, make Milford Sound a photographers dream.
You will marvel at the photo opportunities on New Zealand's South Island.
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* The wild West Coast
Queenstown, Wanaka and the Southern Lakes
Queenstown is known as the "Adventure Capital of New Zealand" and is a must see on any visit to the South Island.
Stunning scenery and a never ending variety of things to see and do make this a very special place.
Nearby, the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka welcomes you with amazing vistas and a vibrant buzz.
Fiordland, a World Heritage area
The World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park sits on the South West coast of New Zealand's South Island and is characterized by a series of stunning fiords, and some of the best walks in the world.
The Wild West Coast
The Wild West Coast is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Huge glaciers, wild deserted beaches, ancient rain forests, and friendly locals make this a wonderful place to visit.
Nelson and the Abel Tasman
Located at the top of the South Island, the Nelson region is perhaps best known for the Abel Tasman National Park.
The region features stunning bays and beaches, wineries, a strong arts and crafts culture, and many glorious walks.
Christchurch sits in the Canterbury Plains, with the towering Southern Alps as a backdrop.
To the north, the relaxing thermal pools of Hanmer Springs are the perfect way to end your day. And nearby, the marine wonders of Kaikoura will take your breath away.
Mt Cook/Lake Tekapo/Lake Pukaki
Just a few hours south of Christchurch, the twin lakes of Tekapo and Pukaki draw your view to the Southern Alps, and the towering Mt Cook.
Dunedin and Coastal Otago
Dunedin and the surrounding region are a nature lover's paradise, with a range of eco tours available to showcase the region's wildlife.
Dunedin is a bustling city, home to a large university, and with a strong Scottish heritage.
We hope you've enjoyed our South Island pictures of New Zealand. To see some North Island pictures click here.