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Top Places to Visit


Top 12 Beaches in the South Island | Best Beaches in Dunedin | Best Beaches in Christchurch | Best Beaches in the Catlins


Top 12 Lakes in the South Island | Lake Hāwea | Lake Tekapo | Lake Rotoroa | Lake Rotoiti


Top 12 Rivers in the South Island | Shotover River | Rakaia River | Pororari River | Taieri River

Rock Formations

Top 12 Rock Formations in the South Island | Moeraki Boulders | Pancake Rocks | Split Apple Rock | Organ Pipes

Sunrise at Moeraki Boulders, Coastal Otago, New Zealand

Scenic Drives

Top 12 Scenic Drives in the South Island | Wānaka to Haast | Queenstown to Glenorchy | French Pass | Mount Cook Road

Small Towns

Top 12 Small Towns in the South Island | Clyde | Glenorchy | Franz Josef | Karamea | St Bathans

Cities and Big Towns

Top 12 Cities and Big Towns in the South Island | Dunedin | Queenstown | Wanaka | Christchurch | Nelson

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Jon Algie

I'm a South Island local -- born in Timaru and raised in Dunedin. I left the island in 2006 and returned 10 years later. Having seen a good chunk of the world I realised how special this place is -- the most beautiful island in the world! Seven years (and almost 400 posts) later I'm still helping locals and tourists alike plan their trips around the South Island.