Beginning your tour of the South Island on the North Island actually makes perfect sense.
The flying is easier and it gives you and your family a chance to sample the pleasures of charming Wellington – and the perfect excuse for embarking on a sea voyage across the fabled Marlborough Sounds, Cook Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound. Important names for history and geography-lovers.
South Island itself will delight with whale watching and dolphin swimming at Kaikoura. Not to mention hot air ballooning, horse riding, gold panning and Lord of the Rings Tours near Christchurch, and a whole range of adventure sports in NZ’s adrenaline capital Queenstown.