North Island or South Island

If you travelled the North Island or South Island with a car or bus, you would at least drive  about 4000km (not including the North of Auckland). Let’s say time is short and you ask yourself: Is the North Island or South Island of New Zealand better to visit. Whatever you decide, there is plenty to discover and both island are well worth your holiday time, but let’s point out some differences:

North Island

  • Three times the number of people compared to  the South Island
  • Home of biggest and cosmopolitan cities  – Auckland and Wellington
  • Slightly warmer weather and warmer sea
  • Geothermal activity
  • Rich in Maori Culture
  • Most flights arrive in Auckland

South Island

  • Mountains are higher
  • Landscape is more dramatic
  • Distances are longer
  • More opportunities to see marine and bird life
  • More of the Great Walks or similar walks available

To sum up: If you only have very limited time it is probably easier to get around and see more in the North Island. If your main point is, to be in nature, you might travel the South Island. Alternatively, you could fly from Auckland to Queenstown to include number one rated town in NZ by tourists, see and experience the stunning mountain scenery, the Sounds you only find on the South Island and enjoy a modern alpine City.

And some more insight from a South Islander, who moved to the North Island and asks North Island or South Island, does it cause an identity crisis to move?

“Now, I’m not proposing we have our own Nexit or Sexit or anything like that. But we Kiwis are parochial types, and there is a tendency to believe that our island is the best island.

Here’s the crazy thing – a survey commissioned by the RV Super Centre this year found more Aucklanders have been to Sydney than Queenstown, and more Southlanders have been to Melbourne and the Gold Coast than to the Bay of Islands or Coromandel.

When I moved to Wellington four years ago, I was a homesick South Islander convinced that nothing could beat the tussock-clad ridges of Central Otago, or the mighty Southern Alps. But now that I’ve had a chance to explore more of the North Island, I’m suffering from a bit of an identity crisis. Who knew the Waikato was so beautiful, with its spearmint-green rolling hills? Or just how spectacular it is to witness a sunset from the summit of Mount Maunganui?”… http://When I moved to Wellington four years ago, I was a homesick South Islander convinced that nothing could beat the tussock-clad ridges of Central Otago, or the mighty Southern Alps. But now that I’ve had a chance to explore more of the North Island, I’m suffering from a bit of an identity crisis. Who knew the Waikato was so beautiful, with its spearmint-green rolling hills? Or just how spectacular it is to witness a sunset from the summit of Mount Maunganui? …. And the rest of the article here.