I t’s not often that we break down the differences between two parts of a single country, but there are few countries that divide so neatly in two like New Zealand. Ideally, if you’re budgeting a New Zealand tour, you’ll make time for both islands, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll have the time to accommodate such a large trip, especially if you’re adding New Zealand as a stopover after a vacation to Australia or Southeast Asia. If that’s the case, how do you choose between the North Island and the South Island? Well, first of all, you’ll have to know what the difference is between these two major islands before your visit on New Zealand travel. That’s why we’ve broken down the major differences between the North Island and South Island.  

As we’ve done in the past for other countries, we’ve focused on landscape and climate, landmarks, city life and culture, food and wine, and activities. Of course, there’s a tremendous amount of overlap between the two islands as there isn’t an obvious cultural divide between north and south, like there is in China, for instance.

With all that in mind, here’s how the North and South islands of New Zealand compare to each other.

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