The South Island is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the more populous North Island. It is bordered to the north by Cook Strait, to the west by the Tasman Sea, to the south and east by the Pacific Ocean South Island highlights include Mount Cook, Queenstown—the Southern Hemisphere's premiere four season alpine and lake resort, Dunedin—New Zealand's oldest city, the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, and the penguin colonies. The south island is the largest of the two main islands of New Zealand, and as its name indicates, is the southern-most of the two islands. It has an area of 151,215 square kilometres (58,093 square miles), making it the 12th largest island in the world. The west coast is lined by the Southern Alps mountain ranges with Aoraki/ Mount Cook being the highest point at 3,754 metres (12,316 feet) above sea level. The island was named 'Te Waka a Maui' by the Maori as according to legend, the South Island is 'Maui's Canoe' that he used to fish the North island out of the sea from. It is also known by the Maori as 'Te Wai Pounamu' meaning 'The Waters of Greenstone'. The largest city in the South Island is Christchurch, known as the 'Garden City' because of its many stunningly beautiful gardens, and its tree-lined streets. Queenstown is also found in the South Island of New Zealand, world famous as a premier four-season retreat.
Northland’s story is a story of two coastlines. Much of the coastline remains un spoilt but on the west coast it is rugged and soulful and simple while on the east coast it is relatively more sophisticated and urbane Follow the Twin Coast Discovery Highway which takes you on a fantastic journey around the whole Northland Region. North has Active volcanoes, island sanctuaries and history top the list when visiting New Zealand’s North Island From the far north where New Zealand’s political history began, journey through landscapes that blend magnificent coast, sprawling farmlands and geothermal wonders. Maori culture is rich and ever-present in many parts of the North Island