The South Island of New Zealand is an incredibly diverse island. You are never far from the sea or the Alps and there is every amount of variety in between. There's so much to see and do in the South Island that it's a good idea to leave yourself plenty of time to take it all in. Whether you want a trip full of adventure or something more relaxing, one of the best ways to go is to travel around the South Island in a hired campervan.
You can start a New Zealand campervan hire from several places in the South Island including Christchurch, Picton and Nelson, as well as Queenstown and Dunedin. All you need to do is drive, fly or catch the ferry to the South Island and collect a campervan at one of the airports. Any of the pick-up points will be a great place to start your campervan journey.
You can do some research and work out an itinerary down one side of the South Island and up the other or criss crossing between your favorite spots, depending on your interests. Whichever way you choose to see the South Island, you will find plenty to thrill you. Traveling in a campervan gives you the flexibility to go where the mood takes you, stay a little longer than you planned or move on when you've had enough. It's a self contained holiday that gives you time to relax and really enjoy your holiday.
The northern gateway to the South Island can be found at the gorgeous town of Picton in Marlborough. Take a stroll around and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and the stunning scenery. Not far way, you will find one of the sunniest parts of New Zealand. Nelson is actually known as the sunshine capital and it boasts a massive array of hiking tracks, golden beaches, vineyards, arts and crafts and outdoor activities.
A journey along the South Island's West Coast is one of the most memorable trips you will ever make. The scenery is wonderful and the friendly people enjoy a relaxed lifestyle. Stop in towns like Greymouth, Westport and Hokitika and spend some time with the locals. When you're in a campervan, there's no one keeping you to a strict timetable, so you'll have plenty of time to get their recommendations on the best places to stop and visit.
Further down the west coast you will be amazed at the beauty of the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. Travel on through Haast to the crystal clear waters of Lake Hawea before taking in the wonders of Wanaka and Queenstown – fantastic places to visit no matter what season you're in.
On the east coast there are just as many wonderful places to visit. You can take in the beautiful garden city of Christchurch, visit nearby Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula and then head up the coast to do some whale watching at Kaikoura. Through the center of the South Island there are glorious lakes and mountains to discover. With a campervan, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy every kilometer of the journey.