Beaches, rainforests, lakes, mountains and rivers, this is a land where Mother Nature must have taken up citizenship. Its variety is breathtaking… from Abel Tasman’s golden beaches and emerald-green waters, Kaikoura’s stunning marine life and the plunging fjords of Doubtful and Milford Sound to the island’s backbone of alpine peaks, the vast cobalt lakes and undulating wineries. The South Island compels you to succumb to the contagious Kiwi lust for life and you’ll find yourself jumping out of a plane or jet boating at breakneck speed in the striking adrenalin-capital, Queenstown. There are surely few places in the world where you can snow-ski and water-ski in the same day, and there’s something uniquely exhilarating about a morning spring skiing on the slopes near Queenstown followed by an afternoon water-skiing on the still waters of Lake Wakatipu – only in New Zealand!
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