About New Zealand's South Island
The New Zealand Tourism Guide has loads of great information about the sights and delights of the NZ South Island area.
We are proud to be a member of NZTG.
Flora and fauna
Jennifer Payne, Principal Guide for Bucket List Tours NZ, has an intimate knowledge of New Zealand's South Island and loves to share this. Read the story behind the business and her personal story of her 2011 journey in this stunning environment.
"New Zealand is a fabulous environment, offering something different every season.
These links will provide you with useful information about what to expect - I can guarantee you won't be disappointed!"
The native flora of New Zealand is unique having evolved in isolation for millions of years.
80% of our trees, ferns and flowering plants are endemic (found only in New Zealand).
Up to 15% of the total land area of New Zealand is covered with native flora, from tall kauri and kohekohe forests to rainforest dominated by rimu, beech, tawa, matai and rata; ferns and flax; dunelands with their spinifex and pingao; alpine and subalpine herb fields; and scrub and tussock.
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New Zealand is known as the seabird capital of the world and also is home to a number of forest birds that live nowhere else on Earth.
NZ marine mammals include many species of dolphins, seals and whales.
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Today's weather in New Zealand
Glorious rainforest in South Island NZ
New Zealand enjoys four very different seasons - something visitors seem to love.
New Zealand's MetService provides the latest information about NZ's weather. To get an overview of weather patterns, or to find out what is happening weather wise as recently as three hours ago, click here to go to the Metservice site.