North Vs South Island New Zealand? Why the South is better.
We already discussed some differences between the North and South Island in a previous article, here we take a more unbalanced view. Yes, we are all about the South Island!
If you only have a short time to travel in New Zealand 10 days- 2 weeks then we would advise you to choose an island. Its a hard choice we know. But its better than not enjoying either as you are trying to rush your time in New Zealand. NZ is all about taking it slow, stopping to smell the roses (ok maybe not roses but flowers, ferns, and sheep?) In our opinion that island you pick should be the South. Flying in and out of Christchurch would make the most sense, as most of our tours would start and finish there.
Disclaimer: We do really like the North Island, its great for beaches, bush and culture. Read more about it here. However, we think the South Island has everything you would expect to see in New Zealand; snow capped mountains, glaciers, lakes, fjords. It's just so typically New Zealand it would be a shame to miss it. You can tick off all your must see's in just a few days.