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9 of the most beautiful places in the spring

April 25, 2011, 2:47 p.m.
sheep on green hill overlooking ocean

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South Island, New Zealand

The South Island, New Zealand, comes with the benefit of sitting in the southern hemisphere, so spring actually runs from September through November. Though the island is 33 percent larger than the other half of New Zealand, North Island, it has only 24 percent of the nation's total population. It shouldn't be a surprise that with that much open space, tourism is one of its main industries. South Island is awash in opportunities to hike, bike, camp, climb, sail, ski, ride, swim and paddle, and spring is a beautiful time to do them.