New Zealand South Island
THE SOUTH ISLAND of New Zealand is the world’s 12th-largest island and the largest land mass of NZ, although less populous than the North. It is divided along its length by the Southern Alps running along its west coast.
There are 18 peaks over 3,000m in the South Island. Mount Cook/Aoraki is the highest point, 3,754m above sea level and is a popular skiing spot. Geographic features of interest are: Arthur’s Pass, Banks Peninsula, Catlins, Doubtful Sound, Fox Glacier, Farewell Spit, Franz Josef Glacier, Haast Pass, Lake Manapouri, Lake Wakatipu, Lake Te Anau, Mackenzie Basin, Marlborough Sounds, Milford Sound and the Southern Alps. It also boasts nine National Parks: Abel Tasman, Aoraki/Mount Cook, Fiordland, Kahurangi, Mount Aspiring, Nelson Lakes, Paparoa, Rakiura and Westland National Park.
Exceptional superyacht cruising can be found on the west coast of the South Island in the fjord-like Milford Sound, and the picturesque waterways on the northern tip of the island near Nelson. Major ports include Lyttleton near Christchurch, Dunedin, and Bluff near Invercargill on the southern tip of the island, and Nelson at the northern end of the South Island in Tasman Bay.
Nelson is the country’s biggest fishing port; it has a good range of marine facilities and a climate which allows outside work to be carried on most of the year.
New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world in which to visit aboard a superyacht. The breathtaking scenery, abundant sea life and myriad high quality superyacht services and infrastructure coupled with a welcoming population make this a destination neither easily forgotten nor easy to leave.
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