Food, Wine & Relaxation

The South Island offers many opportunities to indulge whilst soaking in the beautiful landscapes.

New Zealand's South Island offers numberous opportunities to rest, relax and indulge whilst soaking in the fresh air and beautiful landscapes as you let body and soul unwind in luxurious surroundings. 

Best of Relaxation

Terrace Downs in the Rakaia Gorge offers top quality accommodation and an excellent range of activities including golf, fishing and jet boating in a stunning high country setting that feels a world away from the everyday.

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa is a popular place for a relaxing getaway.  Enjoy a blissful soak in a thermal pool and then allow an expert massage therapist to ease away the stresses of daily life.

Alpine Springs and Spa at Lake Tekapo is a wonderful alpine retreat featuring comforting hot pools in a landscaped setting, complemented by indulgent spa treatments.

Millbrook, at Queenstown, has a reputation for being one of the South Island's most luxurious resorts offering a championship golf course and magnificent day spa in a remarkable natural setting.

Best of Gourmet 

One of the most famous South Island exports is fine wine.  The hot, dry summers of the north and east of the island are perfect for grapes. Marlborough, famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, is still the most prolific wine-producing region, but Canterbury Riesling and Central Otago Pinot Noir are also world-class.

Marlborough is home to the highly regarded Greenshell Mussel - you can take a boat cruise to visit mussel farms and sample the product at specialist restaurants such as Mussel Boys at Havelock in Marlborough. 

Surrounded by ocean, it stands to reason that the South Island offers wonderful fresh seafood of every description.  Southland and Kaikoura are particularly lauded as great places to sample delicacies from the sea - Southland for its Bluff Oysters and Kaikoura for its crayfish.