Te Waipounamu is the Māori name for the larger of New Zealand's two main islands.  The South Island, affectionately referred to as the Mainland by its inhabitants, is nearly one third larger than the North however less than one quarter of the population lives there. Read more about how you can experience the South Island on a New Zealand Group Tour.

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South Island
Accommodation
Wilderness Camping
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
28 Nov 2018
A true 5-day back country experience combining rafting, hiking and camping.  Our fully-guided trip takes you into spectacular alpine landscapes crossing the main divide on foot, then rafting down the remote Landsborough River. Traverse some of New Zealand's most remote and untouched alpine scenery.
From $2299
per person twin price
Location
South Island
Accommodation
Multishare Lodge
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
28 Jun 2018
Welcome to New Zealand's ultimate guided ski and snowboard tour – hit 6 different mountains over 7 days with expert guides to show you the best runs and powder-stashes.
From $2099
per person twin price
Location
South Island
Accommodation
3.5 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
22 Jul 2018
This is New Zealand’s Ultimate Heli Ski/Board Tour! Over 7 days we will explore 3 different mountain ranges and head deep into our backcountry experiencing some of the longest and deepest runs in the Southern Hemisphere! Fully guided staying in comfortable accommodation.
From $5999
per person twin price
Location
South Island
Accommodation
3.5 to 4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Nelson
Next Departure
06 Nov 2018
The hikes on this 8 day tour range up to 4 hours per day, taking in diverse scenery from coastal rainforests to alpine terrain. At the end of your day you will appreciate the handpicked accommodation all with ensuite. Most meals are also included.
From $4950
per person twin price
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9 Days Southern Wonders Christchurch to Christchurch Itinerary Map
Location
South Island
Accommodation
4 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
18 Jun 2018
Begin your journey across the South Island's best regions with a magical ride on the famous TranzAlpine railway. Soaring peaks, ribbon-like rivers of emerald green and deep, rocky gorges set a precedent for a truly unforgettable Kiwi touring holiday. Travel by luxury coach across the South Island's best region.
Was $2650
Now from $2505
per person twin share
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9 Day Southern Spotlight Small Map
Location
South Island
Accommodation
3 to 3.5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
29 Apr 2018
Enjoy a relaxing 9 day escorted tour around the South Islands hot spots. Explore the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train, cruise down wonderful Milford Sound, experience a high country farm and see the West Coast Glaciers with plenty of time in between to experience many great optional tours and activities on the way.
Was $2650
Now from $2505
per person twin share
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Taste of New Zealand's South Island Coach Tour Small Map
Location
South Island
Accommodation
3 to 3.5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
21 Apr 2018
This 9 day trip showcases the breathtaking scenic wonders of the South Island. Travel in a comfortable coach and explore Franz Josef National Park, glide along the waters of Milford Sound, experience the TranzAlpine train journey, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world.
Was $3299
Now from $2744
per person twin share
Location
South Island
Accommodation
4 to 4.5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
25 Apr 2018
This South Island tour is jam-packed with magnificent landscapes and great sights. Enjoy the picturesque resort town of Queenstown, be amazed while cruising Milford Sound, experience old mining heritage, rare native birdlife and famous southern hospitality on this leisurely holiday trip.
From $4290
per person twin price
Location
South Island
Accommodation
Cabin on Cruise
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
12 Jan 2019
Board Luxury Cruiser Island Passage for the ultimate access to the wonders of the majestic Fiordland National Park, the largest area of true wilderness remaining in New Zealand. Take in the unique ecological features with our friendly guides helping you discover the beauty of this geological mosaic. Deep fiords, towering peaks and native rainforests define this dramatic region and captivate visitors from all over the world.
From $10950
per person twin price
Location
South Island
Accommodation
Cabin on Cruise
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
19 Jan 2019
Explore Southern Fiordland on this Island Escape 8-night cruise package allows guests the ultimate access, in safety and comfort, to the wonders of this majestic World heritage site. This is an invitation to explore the Fiordland National Park alongside ecology guides who travel with us into the heart of the region to discover the beauty of this geological mosaic.
From $10950
per person twin price
ON SALE
South Island Spectacular Small Map
Location
South Island
Accommodation
3 to 3.5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
23 Apr 2018
This itinerary is for guests seeking a premiere escorted holiday. We stay at first class properties, with an emphasis on hearty breakfasts and high end dining. This is accompanied by superior commentary from Tour Directors with rich cultural and historical knowledge. Our experienced drivers focus on getting you where you’re going safely.
Was $3619
Now from $3260
per person twin share
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TranzAlpine Panorama Small Map
Location
South Island
Accommodation
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
19 Sep 2018
Discover the spectacular central South Island, taking in the southern loop from Christchurch down the Southern Alps, through Queenstown and Fiordland National Park and onto the West Coast. The TranzAlpine train journey is a great way to finish off spectacular touring holiday!
Was $3835
Now from $3450
per person twin share
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10 Days Southern Spectacular Christchurch to Christchurch itinerary Map
Location
South Island
Accommodation
3 to 3.5 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
29 Apr 2018
Characterised by soaring peaks, pastel-coloured lakes and unspoiled forests, the landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island are nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy stunning scenery and experience some of the south island's most amazing places in the company of like-minded people.
Was $3795
Now from $3605
per person twin share
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Ultimate New Zealand South Island Small Map
Location
South Island
Accommodation
4.5 to 5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
10 May 2018
This is ‘Business Class’ on wheels, just sit back and relax, everything has been taken care of. Your spacious Luxury Coach is decked out with all modern conveniences including a rest room, a fantastic way to experience the very best New Zealand has to offer. The beauty of travelling aboard this ultimate coach in a small group is that every aspect of your holiday is personal. Be treated as a VIP and enjoy premium accommodation combined with a number of exclusive extras.
Was $5069
Now from $4565
per person twin share
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10 Day Southern Encounter Small Map
Location
South Island
Accommodation
4.5 Star Hotel
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
21 Oct 2018
Beginning and ending in Christchurch, The highlight of your 10 day South Island tour will undoubtedly be the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise. Experience a TranzAlpine Train excursion through the Southern Alps. In Dunedin enjoy high tea at Lanarch Castle, a train excursion on Taieri Gorge Railway, and a unique star gazing experience at Mount Cook.
Was $5989
Now from $5389
per person twin share
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11 Day Southern Discovery Small Maps
Location
South Island
Accommodation
4 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
23 Sep 2018
Experience the best New Zealand’s South Island has to offer on thisclassic, all-inclusive 11 Day journey, travelling from Christchurch to Wellington. The highlights include a a cruise in Abel Tasman National Park and a Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise, the alpine scenery of the Mt Cook National and the spectacular West Coast and Glaciers.
Was $4465
Now from $4020
per person twin share
on sale
11 Day Festive South Island Tour Small Map
Location
South Island
Accommodation
4 to 4.5 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
20 Dec 2018
Celebrate an unforgettable Christmas on this 11 Day Festive South Island Tour. Travel through the spectacular South Island and enjoy the festive season in a Kiwi atmosphere. Enjoy a Milford Sound Overnight Cruise, a Larchnach Castle visit and many other highlights!
Was $4999
Now from $4499
per person twin share
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11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour Small Map
Location
South Island
Accommodation
4.5 to 5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
19 Dec 2018
Witness the South Island in Ultimate style and celebrate Christmas with a difference. Travel with a small group of only 20 people and celebrate with a traditional Christmas dinner at Walter Peak Station - a classic Kiwi high country sheep station that you can only get to by steam boat. Included is a great range of 'Must Do' excursions. There is no better way to see New Zealand's beautiful South Island.
Was $5939
Now from $5645
per person twin share
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The Solo Travellers Luxury Tour of New Zealand Small Map
Location
South Island
Accommodation
4.5 to 5 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Wellington
Next Departure
30 Dec 2018
If you’re travelling solo, you don’t need to be travelling alone. When you join this small-group luxury holiday you’ll be sharing the ‘New Zealand’ experience with other fun-loving travellers. Feel safe and leave the finer details to us, onboard our small group Luxury Coach. Our expert tour leader takes care of day-to-day planning so all you need do is sign up, turn up and enjoy the splendid views and fun excursions on this 11 day tour.
Was $8499
Now from $7649
per person twin share
Location
South Island
Accommodation
3 Star Ski Lodges
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
02 Jul 2018
The 12 Day South Island Snow Odyssey tour takes you off the beaten track to a range of smaller more intimate South Island ski fields like Temple Basin and Broken River. They may not sound familiar to you now but we can guarantee you will fall in love with them.
From $3449
per person twin price
Location
South Island
Accommodation
3.5 to 4 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Wellington
Next Departure
07 Jun 2018
Welcome to Middle-earth! Many people have dreamed about Middle Earth, and these Lord of the Rings tours can take you into the dream and it will become reality. Walk in the footsteps of Frodo and Sam from the lush green Shirelands into forests, across rivers and even to the twisted lava and ash fields of the Black Land itself.
From $4660
per person twin price
ON SALE
12 Day Southern Drift Small Group Tour
Location
South Island
Accommodation
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
12 Nov 2018
No stone is left unturned as you venture into the South Island less travelled. From the wild and pristine natural wonderland of Stewart Island to the spectacular vistas of Mt. Cook, through to Milford Sound, where you will sail under a blanket of mist and shadows on the crystal clear waters of the magnificent fiord.
Was $6595
Now from $5605
per person twin share