Both islands make an ideal destination for a wellness retreat. But it really depends what you’re looking for as part of your wider experience.
The South Island is much cooler than the North, but it’s the island to visit if you’re into mountaineering, snowboarding and skiing. The snow season runs from July to August. You’ll also find glaciers and some of the country’s most beautiful lakes on South Island.
New Zealand’s North Island has a subtropical climate at its tip, making it a better island to choose if you want to add beach-time, watersports and dry-weather trekking to your itinerary. Maori history is also easier to explore in the North than in the South.