Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch is the island’s largest city. Named after an Oxford University building, it’s not surprising that this town is renowned for its English heritage, so you’ll find flat-bottom punts floating along the Avon River, and plenty of fish and chip shops. Most of the downtown buildings are currently under reconstruction following the 2011 earthquake but don’t let this deter you, as Christchurch is a fantastic jumping off point for exploring the rest of the island. Travel southwest to Queenstown, a city surrounded by nature. Queenstown sits on the banks of Lake Wakatipu and at the base of the Southern Alps, making it the adventure capital of the world. You can partake in New Zealand’s Great Walks, ski in The Remarkables, or participate in any number of thrilling activities. If adventure sport isn’t your cup of tea, you can visit outstanding vineyards or historic mining villages. Three hours further south is the Fiordland National Park, home to the glacier-carved fjords of Doubtful and Milford Sounds. You can boat through these stunning fjords, hike through lakeside beech forests, or discover epic waterfalls. You can base yourself in the quaint town of Te Anau on the shores of Lake Te Anau, which also offers views of some of South Island’s most beautiful scenery.