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How to Do New Zealand’s South Island in 2 Weeks

(Photo: Tourism New Zealand/Miles Holden)

New Zealand’s South Island might not seem that big, but it’s actually the 12th largest island in the world. Not only is it the bigger of the country’s two main islands, but it’s punctuated with winding two-lane highways that can slow you down considerably. It’s easy to look at a map and think you can get from one area to another in just an hour or so, but in reality it’s likely to take much longer.

So, unless you’ve got unlimited vacation time (and if you do, I want your job), you’re going to have to narrow down your trip to the highlights. Here’s what to see and where to stay if you have two weeks to explore New Zealand’s South Island.

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