Out of the two major islands of New Zealand, South Island is the biggest and is often referred to as being the mainland of the country. The island has a huge variety of different landscapes that will take your breath away and offer a wide range of attractions. Many thrilling activities can be done in South Island, such as sky diving at the New Zealand Sky Dive and white water rafting. If these activities are too adventurous for you then you could always go whale watching in Kaikoura. There are many historic buildings that you can visit in Nelson on South Island, so if you are interested in history or architecture these may be perfect for you. With the cultural side of the island being just as appealing as the adventure side, you’re sure to have an amazing time.