New Zealand: A Visual Journey around the South Island

No matter what you’ve already heard or read about New Zealand. It will amaze you. After travelling the North Island aboard my green big Kiwi Experience bus on behalf of 100% Pure New Zealand, it was time to catch the ferry to the South Island and I had great expectations since everybody I’ve met kept saying “Wait till you get south”. Let me tell you: they were right. If the north island is stunning, the south island is heaven to the eyes and, especially, the heart.

Snow-capped mountains, crystal turquoise lakes and rivers, incredible cliffs and white sandy beaches, gorgeous hikes, wild waves, adrenaline-filled jumps. New Zealand has it all and more.

Once again..sweet as.

Sometimes words are not necessary. Sometimes they are simply not enough to describe what the eyes can see and the heart can feel. This was surely the case for me when travelling the South Island of New Zealand. For this reason, I’ve decided to create a visual itinerary rather than a detailed one as I’ve done for the North Island. The links below the pictures will take you to the various accommodations and activities I have done during my time there. If, by the end of the gallery, you want to know more, please do not hesitate to leave a comment below or drop me an email.

Here’s a visual inspiration for your trip to the South Island.

If you wish to book your own Kiwi Experience bus, you should head here and make sure to tune for my second post about the South Island soon-ish! 😃 If you are interested in booking accommodation with Xbase / Nomads click here


1 – I was a guest of New Zealand’s Tourist Board in collaboration with Kiwi Experience and the partners mentioned above.  All opinions are always – authentically and completely – my own. 

2 – There are affiliated links on this post – as you know travel writing is one of my many jobs, this means that if you book through the links above, a small % of your payment goes towards this blog and my further travels. 

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  • Jet Set Brunette

    I loooooooove the South Island! I visited for the first time this year and now I’m dying to go back! Great photos!

    • Thank you so much Courtney! Yes, the south island was my fav too and I hope I’ll get back one day! 🙂

  • I was in the a North Island last month. You are so right New Zealand is truly spectacular. My only venture south was 3 days in Queenstown many years ago. I think you have just inspired me to go back!

    • You MUST! The North island is great, but the south one is something incredible..I hope you will manage to go back soon! let me know if you need any tips! 🙂

  • Kathy James

    I have heard great things about the Kiwi experience.
    Some great photos here. It truly looks beautiful. I can’t wait till my visit of New Zealand.

    • Thank you so much Kathy! When are you going? Let me know if you need any extra tips, I kept this post sweet and short, so happy to give you more details if needed! 🙂

      • Kathy James

        Thanks. I’m currently in the Philippines and making my way south so probably this year 🙂

        • Oh Wow! I’m thinking to go to the Philippines in Feb/March too! Let’s swap tips & tricks if you like 🙂

        • Sounds like a plan! I’m going in the opposite direction 🙂

  • businesstravelerswife

    New Zealand is such a beauty!! Gorgeous photos! Oh, and I can’t believe that you were able to skydive! I can’t wait to experience this too. New Zealand is definitely in my list.

    • Good! you should totally visit New Zealand and once you get there, Skydiving will be a must too! Let me know if you need any tips planning your adventure! 🙂

  • Neha Verma

    Your pictures are saying it all..what a surreal place. I am soon going to plan a trip to this wonderful land

  • Rashmi & Chalukya

    Your pictures are definitely an inspiration to make a visit to New Zealand. The diverse geographical landscape of New Zealand is sure to leave anyone awestruck. The aerial view of queenstown is breathtaking.

    • Thanks guys! Yes, New Zealand is surely one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s so diverse and gorgeous…a must-see! thanks so much for your kind words! 🙂

  • i had heard such good things about the south island and your pictures and description make me want to go even more!

    • Thank you, Taylor! If you ever visit NZ, you absolutely must visit the South Island, it’s gorgeous! 🙂

  • I’d love to take a dip in Lake Rotoiti. Those stunning landscapes are so vast and gorgeous. Kiwi experience seems to deliver a great time.

    • Oh! I didn’t even think about that! it was freezing outside, I can only imagine how cold the water must have been 🙂 And yes, KE is awesome for travelling around NZ in all comforts and without worries! 🙂

  • Diana – MVMTblog

    Wow your photos are absolutely stunning!! How I still haven’t made it to NZ I do not know. I like that you provided accommodation recommendations for some of the places too. I love the names – “Funky Chicken,” “Sheep Dog” haha. Lovely post! 🙂

    • Thank you, Diana! 🙂 Glad you like the pics and yes, I normally try to write short guides about the places I visit to help other travellers make up their minds. happy you found it useful! x

  • jnemire

    Such amazing photos! Nice work! I especially like the first one. Makes me wanna go to New Zealand. 🙂

  • Jean Bean

    Oh New Zealand. The country were the landscape turns any amateur photographer in a master artist. New Zealand is a lot of fun to visit.

  • The photos are really beautiful, I am amazed on how many times the scenery changes into a totally different one, from sea to mountains, from sunshine to snow. New Zealand is such a beautiful place to visit.

  • Neha Verma

    Picture perfect .. stunningly beautiful.. Newzeland seems to be the best deal of the season since I am getting to read a lot of post on it.. however, your pictures are unparalleled

  • Mel

    No to the skydiving ;), but everything else looks amazing! I imagine New Zealand is one of those places that is amazing even though we’ve all seen a zillion photos of it. The tour seems like a great way to experience it.

  • Jackie Taylor

    Wow, thats awesome you went skydiving! I’m not sure if that’s something I’ll be able to ever do as I’m scared of heights… but maybe one day haha! New Zealand looks gorgeous, I wish it wasn’t so far away from where I live in Canada!

  • Probearoundthe Globe

    Wow these photos confirm my idea of New Zealand being amazing! I love your little funny inspirational map! Awesome.

  • Abby Castro

    New Zealand is without a doubt one of the naturally gifted countries in the world. There are just too many beautiful sights. Some of the ones you’ve captured in your photos are truly breathtaking!

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  • Ahhh these photos are all gorgeous! I have to admit, I’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand but mostly because of Lord of the Rings haha… so I always welcome any opportunity to learn more about other sights in the country 😉 I love those foggy shots of Milford Sound too!