Top tips for travelling around New Zealand’s South Island


From the towering mountains, glacial valleys and historic towns the profoundly stunning Southern Island of New Zealand is a perfect journey holiday spot for both domestic and international visitors. Travelling to this area of the world offers a range of adrenaline packed activities such a skydiving, relaxing tours around vineyards and some fantastic adventures! Make the most of your trip to the South Island by not missing the top stop of Dunedin and the surrounding area of Otago where you can take a tour of the spectacular botanical gardens, Otago museum and Cadbury world!

Before you head off on your adventure make sure you have the essentials covered!

First matters first:

1. Pre-departure important checklist

One of the most secure ways of staying out of trouble throughout your trip is having an essentials tick list. Use this tick list to make sure you aren’t stuck in a sticky state of affairs:
• Verify your passport information• Prepare your visa• Know your flight information• Secure airport transfers• Prepare journey insurance• Set up emergency contacts• Organise local currency and backup financials.

2. How to get around

So how are you going to get around the South Island of NZ? There are several options to choose from but self drive is a popular and affordable option. If you are going to self-drive though make sure you have your updated drivers licence and have your documentation available at all times. It also helps to know the NZ specific rules, regulations and speed limits.

3. The itinerary

Time is really one of the greatest limiting elements in any adventure. In order to get the most out of your time in NZ a travel itinerary is quite vital. With that you may prepare points of interest and activities to conveniently fit within your time-frame. Here are top-five rated destinations and activities in The South Island of New Zealand
Destinations• Dunedin• Christchurch• Queenstown• Nelson• Wanaka
Activities• Excursion on the mountain peaks and waterfalls of Milford sound• Experience the Otago Peninsula seashores and shoreline• Visit the Kaikoura Coast• Abel Tasman country wide Park and Golden Bay experience• Marlborough Sounds experience

4. Accommodation

After a long day sightseeing you want nothing more than to come back to a comfortable, clean room where you can relax. Given the increasing numbers of travellers to Dunedin and the entire South Island it is recommended that you make your reservations in advance.

538 Great King Motel is our fantastic four- star accessible accommodation in Dunedin. Our rooms range from comfortable studios to larger family units. Our city center location gives travellers great access to the best Dunedin has to offer. Visit our website at to book our fantastic self contained accommodation.


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