South Island High Country

Natural and Cultural Aspects

Natural aspects

SIHC covers about 70% of south island. It is covered by mountains 70%. It has Mt.cook, Mt. tasman and lots of other high mountains. The Western high country receives over 4000mm of rain per year, the Eastern High country receives less than 1300mm per year, Fiordland which is the wettest area receives up to 8000mm of rain per year. This area has glaciers as well and those are moving 1m per week. The majority of this country is more than 600m above sea level. The coldest month is July and the hottest month is January or Feburaly.

Cultural aspects

About 1.5 million people visit the region each year, those visitor come to do skiing, to visit queenstown, and so forth. Countless painters, photographers, writers and film makers have celebrated its tussock-covered hills and craggy mountains, along with the farmers and sheep flocks that live here. Brand marketers increasingly use high country heritage values to connect with their customers. Many South Island high country stations are leasehold land. Historically farmers leased the land from the Crown. They ran sheep, and seasonally burned tussocklands to encourage new growth. This region has only 5% of NZ's population.SIHC is not busier than canterbury (especially Christchurch), so people who like quiet living live in this region.