Marlborough & Nelson
For many travellers, Marlborough and Nelson will be their introduction to what South Islanders refer to as the ‘Mainland’. Having left windy Wellington, and made a white-knuckled crossing of Cook Strait, folk are often surprised to find the sun shining and the temperature up to 10 degrees warmer.
Queenstown & Wanaka
With a cinematic background of mountains and lakes you actually have seen in the movies, and a ‘what can we think of next?’ array of adventure activities, it’s little wonder Queenstown tops the itineraries of many travellers. Slow down (slightly) in Wanaka – Queenstown’s junior cousin – which also has good restaurants, bars, and outdoor adventures on tap.