Covering an area larger than England, and with a population similar to Birmingham, the South Island has lots of personal space! It has uncluttered roads, scenic railways and you are never more than 73 miles from the sea. There is a healthy outdoors lifestyle with just about every sport, extreme and sedate, over/under water or on/above ground. Food is significant with the emphasis on local fruit and vegetables and as sheep outnumber residents by around 7:1 fresh lamb is often a menu highlight. Luxury lodges are now widespread offering luxury with a personal touch. Wildlife encounters are far less commercial than virtually anywhere else, Oamaru penguin colony lets you watch little cuties surf and wade ashore whilst at Kaikura you can swim with wild dolphins and seals in the sheltered bay – this is not a controlled swimming pool with trained creatures this is the real deal!
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