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What are the differences between the north and south island?

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1. Posted by NativTexan (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Trying to decide where I should go

2. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Hi there,
It depends on what time of year your going and what you want to do.
The north island has a slightly warmer climate, beaches, hot springs (mudpools), and more cosmopolitan feel about it.
Auckland, Lake Taupo, The bay of islands, Mount egmont (called something else nowdays), Raglan beach, the corramandal peninsula, Hawkes bay are all good places to visit.

The south island has a lot more dramatic scenery, ski fields, forestry (walks) and is more laid back.
Nelson Bays area, the west coast, christchurch, dunedin, central otago (queenstown), catlans, westland, kaikora,stuart island are my pics of places to go.

I prefer the south island (the beer is better ) but i'm bias.

;)

3. Posted by k8iejo1983 (Budding Member 49 posts) 10y

The South Island paints a far more interesting and diverse picture of New Zealand - in particular Queenstown. North Island doesn't offer much to be honest!

You could spend your entire time in the South Island and not get bored!

Katie x

4. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

Quoting k8iejo1983

The South Island paints a far more interesting and diverse picture of New Zealand - in particular Queenstown. North Island doesn't offer much to be honest!

You could spend your entire time in the South Island and not get bored!

Katie x

I don't agree at all. The North Island has so much to offer!!! I was in NZ for a year and only twice (maybe 4 weeks in total) did I travel down to the South Island. Tongariro Crossing, Raglan, Northland, Wellington, all the volcanos and thermal activity, all the extrordinary beaches that you can have to yourself, nicer climate, better surfing, etc.

The South Island is awesome too - the mountains, glaciars, etc. But in terms of diversity I think the North Island has more to offer. But, it's only my humble opinion...

//Susanna

5. Posted by emma1979 (Full Member 126 posts) 10y

hi,

i met a lot of people who made the mistake of only spending 10 days or two weeks in the south island and spent most of their time in the north islands. i found the south islands a lot more relaxed but both have loads to offer. why can't you do both? the ferry takes 3 hours from wellington to picton. you can use the interislander (cheaper the more you book ahead) or the bluebridge ferry which is about $40 per person, and about $100 for a car i think.

happy travelling!

6. Posted by Fern1 (Full Member 53 posts) 10y

Susanna, you are spot on. Both Islands have a lot to offer.
Jase, pleased to see you mentioned Hawke's Bay,:)