South Island Towns

Welcome to our Small Town Travel Guide compiled by New Zealand’s Information Network to help you plan your visit to our beautiful land.

Akaroa, Alexandra, Arthur’s Pass, Ashburton, Blenheim, Cromwell, Glenorchy, Greymouth, Hanmer Springs, Haast, Kaiteriteri, Karamea, Manapouri, Milford Sound, Moeraki, Motueka, Oamaru, Picton, Punakaiki, Te Anau, Timaru, Twizel and Westport.


By |2016-11-26T18:57:39+13:00September 8th, 2014|South Island Towns|

The ‘Coasters’ as the people of the West Coast are commonly known, are renowned for their independence, hospitality and strong community spirit. Greymouth, the largest town on the Coast, reflects this character.


By |2016-11-26T18:57:40+13:00September 8th, 2014|South Island Towns|

A picturesque village at the head of Lake Wakatipu is known as the ‘Gateway to Paradise’. Although the title may seem presumptuous, it is true. For those who have been searching for Paradise it’s just 20 km northwest of Glenorchy.


By |2014-09-08T05:03:49+12:00September 8th, 2014|South Island Towns|

In the deep heartland of Central Otago lies a modern town which is recognised as the ‘Cherry Capital of New Zealand’. Cromwell stands on the shores of Lake Dunstan, the vast hydro lake formed by the Clyde Dam.


By |2014-09-08T05:00:10+12:00September 8th, 2014|South Island Towns|

Blenheim can proudly uphold the claim to be both ‘The Sunshine Capital’ and ‘The Foremost Grape Growing Area’ of New Zealand. The town is situated on the broad Wairau Plain, 27 km south of the Picton inter-island ferry terminal.


By |2016-11-26T18:57:40+13:00September 8th, 2014|South Island Towns|

Ashburton is an attractive town with stately trees, elegant gardens, outstanding museums and superb fishing rivers brim-full of salmon and sea-run trout. The town is an important service centre on the banks of the Ashburton River, a one hour drive south of Christchurch.


By |2014-09-08T04:22:59+12:00September 8th, 2014|South Island Towns|

Akaroa has an otherworldly character - a French colonial village nestling in a picturesque harbour in a remote corner of the Pacific. This charming seaside settlement is found in French Bay on Banks Peninsula, some 80 km from Christchurch.


By |2016-11-26T18:57:40+13:00September 8th, 2014|South Island Towns|

The first town established on the remote West Coast still retains its colonial atmosphere, while developing as a base for today’s ‘wet and wild’ outdoor adventures. Westport began as a single trading post on the banks of the Buller River.

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