North Island vs South Island, New Zealand

Travelled by Brucini on 9 April 2009 | 12 Comments

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North Island vs South Island, New Zealand

Lonely Planet have announced they are releasing their first guidebook that only features the South Island of New Zealand. Perhaps it has been a long time coming.

Sky Tower, Auckland.  Photo by CharlesLam http://www.flickr.com/photos/kclama

The iconic Sky Tower in Auckland

Travellers often only have time for one Island when visiting New Zealand. They have either left themselves too little time or just run out of time because they are having too good a time on one or the other island.

There are also more cheap flights than ever flying directly into Christchurch and Queenstown from Australia because of the increased airline competition. This allows people to do short breaks to the South Island where as they once would choose the cheaper flights to Auckland.

When you meet people who are going to New Zealand and you tell them that you’ve been there, the first question most people ask is: what’s better, the North or South Island?

The easy answer is they are like apples and oranges. The better answer is give yourself enough time to see both. Another way to look at it is to consider what interests you more. Here are some reasons parochial North and South Island residents might explain why they live where they do.

5 reasons why the North Island is the best:

  1. The beaches and surf are better and the water is warmer
  2. There’s more Maori culture to experience
  3. There are more hot pools and geothermal activity to see here
  4. Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge - Experience two of the largest man made structures in NZ
  5. The Bay of Islands…that's reason in itself to visit the North Island

5 reasons why the South Island is the best:

  1. The North Island only has 4 serious mountains. The South Island has the Southern Alps which stretches for the length of the Island.
  2. There are less people living here, which means more open spaces all to yourself.
  3. Tramping in the South Island

    The most scenic ski fields, and the most diverse club fields are in the south.
  4. Queenstown - the adventure capital of the world.
  5. The incredible diversity of nature, displayed in all its glory from the Sounds at the tip of the South Island to the Fiords at the bottom of the South Island.

Your turn:

Which do you think is best and why?

Photos from:

Sky Tower: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kclama

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