The South Island is approximately 1000km long and 250km wide and has a population of just over 1 million.
The South Island is home to New Zealand's best scenery, skiing, mountains, lakes, rivers, hunting, fishing, 4WD tracks, empty highways, and all the other great things that make the men of a country truly manly.
It also has all New Zealand's best beer (Speight's, Monteiths, and Canterbury Draught), tastiest steak, and most gorgeous women.
Average South Island bloke: "Well yeah, I'm from the South Island."
Foreign etc: (swoons) "Take me to your island paradise and let me have your babies!"
SI guy (checks out her superb rack): "Well, maybe. Can you cook?"