New Zealand’s South Island
The South Island has a smaller population than the North Island, despite being the larger of the two. It is an island of stunning natural beauty and is home to New Zealand’s tallest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook in the Southern Alps. These Alps are home to four national parks – Mount Aspiring National Park, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and the Fiordland National Park.
Within these parks visitors are treated to the peace, tranquillity and postcard-perfect imagery New Zealand is most famous for. Hikers can appreciate the spirituality and connectedness of the land with the Maori people as they take in the immense mountains, pristine glaciers, deep lakes and ancient alpine forests. This landscape was used extensively as a dramatic setting for Tolkien’s Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Needless to say, mountaineering in the Southern Alps is world-class however skiing, bungee jumping, fishing and canoeing are also popular activities. There is plenty of accommodation available, ranging from intimate bed and breakfasts to luxury hotels in nearby cities.
The east coast city of Christchurch, known as the ‘Garden City’ for its array of greenery and public parks, is the largest on the South Island. It has an elegant, laid-back atmosphere with historical architecture, boutique shopping, fine dining and art galleries.
The city of Queenstown is also located on the South Island, with a cosmopolitan energy fueled by a buzzing mix of sophisticated bars, cafes, restaurants and shopping. Visitors can take advantage of the nearby Central Otago winegrowing region, recognized around the world for award-winning wines in varieties such as Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
Our High Schools on New Zealand’s South Island
Additionally some of these schools may offer the IB diploma.
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We also offer schools on the NZ North Island