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South Island, New Zealand

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The South Island is a grown up’s jungle gym, with mountains for monkey bars, cliff edges for swing sets and raging rivers for slides. New Zealanders swear there are parts of the South Island no human has ever been to because of the vast open spaces and sparse population- perfect for attempting the most extreme stunts you can imagine.

Adventurers can travel for days- or rather raft, bike, hike and trek- across the South Island, running into spurts of civilization only long enough to have a beer with the Kiwis and move on to the next adrenaline induced frenzy. Climb the highest peak - the Cloud Piercer - surf the waves of the most remote coast, lose civilization and attempt to do what no adrenaline junkie has been crazy enough to try before, all on your own personal island sized obstacle course.

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Help! Need ideas.

My mate and I are doing a quickie 5 day trip to South Island to swim with the seals, white water raft and quads in the mud. That's 2 days. Need to fill in another 2 days and also find a great pub to watch the NRL Grand Final at! Any ideas?

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Black water rafting? (white water rafting in caves) or caving?

Hey guys - I'm travelling with 3 friends round the south island in December- we only have 10 days, we are going to hire a car...

I know it's not a long time, so what would people suggest as MUST DOs and our short time. thanks Sam

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Hi Samuel - Have a look at our <a href="">South Island Holiday Idea</a> for some MUST SEE suggestions.

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