Travel Guide: New Zealand South Island

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I recently went to New Zealand and experienced the trip of a lifetime with Contiki. My husband and I were so excited to pack up our bags and say bye-bye to Los Angeles and hello to our 10 day tour of the South Island. New Zealand is breath-taking. The first thing you will notice is the scenic views. You can’t escape an Instagram-worthy moment. If you’re thinking about visiting and would love to learn about some must-see things keep reading..

If you saw my New Zealand vlog – you got an appetizer taste of TONS of things we did through our Contiki tour. I decided to expand on a few of those things but trust me – it was hard to narrow this down.

1. Milford Sound – Our Contiki tour guide said, “The Milford Sound in New Zealand is like the Eiffel tower in Paris..” – so I knew we couldn’t skip out on this. It’s a long travel day to get to the Milford Sound dock but when you’re on the big boat and cruising through waterfalls and epic views – it’s totally worth it. Make sure you book your tickets ahead of time if you’re not traveling with a tour company. I loved that Contiki booked everything we wanted to do for us so that’s another reason why booking through touring companies is AWESOME!

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2. Franz Josef Glacier – located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. We experienced the ultimate glacier adventure. The helicopter view up to the glacier was incredible. Then, you can get out and there’s a tour guide waiting for you to begin your hike up the glacier. It was actually very easy and the tour guide makes it easy for you by axing steps as you go. It’s one of those experiences I’ll never forget. I can’t wait to tell my kids one day that mama hiked up a glacier! LOL!

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3. Air Safaris – This was one of the first things we did when we arrived in New Zealand and boy did we get an incredible view of what was to come. We went flightseeing through the Air Safaris of Lake Tekapo to see Mount Cook and Glaciers from up above. It was sooooo awesome. Every seat in the helicopter ride allows you to get some incredible shots on your iPhone!!! 🙂

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4. Shotover Jet – I’m not one to bungee jump (even if you paid me) so I knew being in New Zealand (the land of adventure) was going to be challenging. I didn’t want to chicken out of everything so I was really excited to find a happy medium in the Shotover Jet ride we did. You’re basically in a boat with several others zipping through the canyons at super fast speed! The great thing is, you’re holding on and are completely safe so I didn’t have to worry about falling out into the water. If you’re lucky, you’ll get an awesome tour guide/driver who spins you around multiple times in the water. So fun!!

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5. Queenstown – This was hands down my favorite city that we visited. We stayed here for 4 days during our tour and it really started to feel like home. It’s such a small town but lots to do and see. We ate at the famous Fergberger and it was yuuuuummmmmy. Queenstown is also the home of the bungee jumping and canyon swings. Lots of thrill, but I found some shopping boutiques I loved. LOL (of course) I discovered Glassons in Queenstown and I bought so many cute clothes to bring back to the states! It’s like New Zealand’s Topshop basically. The brand actually reached out to me after seeing I tagged them on my Instagram and sent me more stuff since I’ve been back in the states. YAY!

I hope you enjoyed this city guide of New Zealand’s South Island. Like I said, there’s tons of things to eat, see, and jump off of 😉 so definitely add NZ to your bucket list travels.

Do any of you live in or have visited New Zealand? I want to know!

Cheers. xo!


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  1. Oh! This was a great post! I love that you always change a lot from fitness to travel to make-up to hair. You’re the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen Saz. And NZ is definitely on my bucket list, and so are LA 😉
    I have an idea though.. could you please do a “lip post” woth your favorite lipsticks and lipliners? It’s so difficult to find the right colours. Especially nude/natural colours. I would be so happy. Hugs <3333

  2. Great post!
    I have visited new zealand and it was my favorite. I did skydiving in queenstown and basically every adventurous activity there is. I also did a cool blog post on it – check it out
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    saffrononrose.com <3 OXOXO

  3. Your journey looks truly amazing! I’m happy you had such a great time there. After seeing your vlog and all the pictures I think New Zealand is now definitely on the top of my wishlist 🙂

  4. I have always wanted to travel to New Zealand, so this post was perfect. Currently, my brother-in-law lives in Sydney and I have been trying to figure out how my husband and I could “visit him”/ fly to New Zealand as part of our trip LOL! So glad you enjoyed the scenery and your adventures! I will definitely be referring back to this whenever we do get the chance to go. Thanks for sharing!! -xx Anna
    http://www.annaclarkeblog.com

  5. I live in New Zealand 🙂 born and raised. So happy that you loved your time here! You’ve done a bunch of things that I haven’t haha but I want to! Hope you come back someday and visit the beautiful North Island too xx

  6. Why is that Austrailians and New Zealands have some beef with each other? haha I met a couple of New Zealanders while in Italy last year and they proceeded to tell us New Zealand is waaaay better than Austrailia. By the look of those pictures, I would think its true!
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  7. I’m a Christian from NZ and glad I found your YouTube channel on your NZ vlog and glad you enjoyed your trip here. If you come back, be sure to check out the North Island too and our summer scene! Thank you for your content and for being real and open about your faith and journey in your industry and through YouTube, it’s encouraging 🙂

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