Our New Zealand Holidays in the South Island


It’s time to mention about our New Zealand holidays in the South Island – the place that many people have been raving about whenever New Zealand is mentioned. I always think many people are biased about their opinions when they make comparison between the North and the South.

The moment we went on set sail on The Lynx to Picton (the entrance to the South), we understand why.

The New Zealand accommodation we stayed in the South Island are:

Joya Studio, Nelson

Hapuku Lodge, Kaikoura

Stonehurst Accommodation, Christchurch

Glenfern Villas, Franz Josef

The Westhaven, Fox Glacier

The Heritage, Queenstown

Shotover Lodge, Queenstown

Garden Court Suites and Apartments, Queenstown

Oakridge Spa and Pool Resort, Wanaka

The Hermitage Hotel, Mount Cook

Fino-Casementi Scenic Circle Hotel, Christchurch

Here are the regions we visited during our 16 days New Zealand travel in the South:



Franz Josef and Fox Glacier


Te Anau/Milford Sound


Mount Cook

We wish the list was longer but… like most travellers, there’s always a budget and time constraint and we just have to make choices and focus on certain key regions.

Picton sits at the stunning Marlborough Sounds. The ferry ride is more than just a cross over. It is a pleasant experience. The experience is enjoyable and the views – indescribable. To me, this surpasses any waterfront cruises.

The Lynx is a popular ferry. We noticed many families and groups. You can simply enjoy the winds (very strong) at the deck or sit back in the restaurant for a sumptuous meal. Or else, have some fun on the game machines!

This is a great way to enjoy a true New Zealand cruise.

Upon arrival, we picked our new car in Picton and headed off for the Queen Charlotte Drive. This is a popular scenic route if you are travelling to Nelson via a rental car in new zealand. Just be warned that the road is long, narrow and winding but it’s worth the drive. Highly recommended! You will be rewarded by the spectacular views of Marlborough Sounds. Just keep your eyes on the road while you enjoy too!

Do allow some time for stops to enjoy the beauty of the South during your New Zealand holidays. It gives the driver a rest too. Also keep in mind that the drive may be longer than planned or suggested in the New Zealand road map.


This is Clayton and me with Marlborough sounds in the background.

The stop along Queen Charlotte Drive is a must during your New Zealand holidays in the south island!

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