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.

3 Days | South Island
This 3 day action-packed rafting experience takes you into one of the most remote areas of New Zealand for one of the world’s greatest wilderness river runs. Traverse some of New Zealand's most remote and untouched alpine scenery, then raft down the Landsborough River as it flows from Mt Cook National Park to the Haast River in South Westland.
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5 Days | South Island
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, then raft down the Landsborough River
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7 Days | South Island
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.
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7 Days | South Island
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.
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8 Days | South Island
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.
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9 Days | South Island
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.
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9 Days | South Island
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Small Map of the South Island Tour
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.
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9 Days | South Island
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9 Days Southern Wonders Christchurch to Christchurch Itinerary Map
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.
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9 Days | Whole of New Zealand
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10 Day New Zealand Escorted Tour
After Auckland's harbour, geothermal wonders and Maori culture in Rotorua, it's on to the South Island for the TranzAlpine train, Franz Josef Glacier and a chance to cruise on Milford Sound. Get close-up and feeling the power of the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere, as our local expert explains the mythology.
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10 Days | South Island
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10 Day South Island Experience, Christchurch to Christchurch
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.
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10 Days | South Island
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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.
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10 Days | South Island
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10 Days Southern Spectacular Christchurch to Christchurch itinerary Map
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.
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10 Days | South Island
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TranzAlpine Panorama Small Map
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!
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10 Days | South Island
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10 Day Southern Encounter Small Map
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.
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11 Days | South Island
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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.
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11 Days | South Island
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11 Day Southern Discovery Small Maps
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.
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11 Days | Whole of New Zealand
National Geographic Journeys are built on meaningful encounters with people and places, interactions with knowledgeable local guides, and the freedom to roam. This unique itinerary blends fun and hands-on exploration with opportunities to forge human connections with people we meet. Usually limited to 16 or fewer travellers, this immersive trip are accessibly priced and offer more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
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12 Days | South Island
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.
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12 Days | South Island
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12 Day Southern Drift Small Group Tour
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.
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12 Days | South Island
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.
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13 Days | South Island
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13 Day Southern Sensations Small Map
This premium small group escorted tour highlights the extraordinary treasures and dramatic extremes of the South Island. Enjoy your private beach in the wonderful Kenepuru Sounds. Experience the whales off Kaikoura. Get up close to icebergs on your Tasman Glacier boat expedition in Mt Cook National Park. Further South discover Milford Sound - and much much more...
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13 Days | South Island
This tour incorporates the great outdoors whilst enjoying the beauty of nature with fun friendly people just like you. You'll experience New Zealand's best hikes and activities in the stunning Southwest World Heritage New Zealand area, staying in premium accommodation and enjoying excellent food and wine.
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13 Days | South Island
This tour incorporates the great outdoors whilst enjoying the beauty of nature with fun friendly people just like you. You`ll experience New Zealand's best hikes and activities in the stunning Southwest World Heritage New Zealand area, comfortably staying in premium accommodation and enjoying excellent food and wine.
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13 Days | Whole of New Zealand
Let us guide you through some wonderfully remote wilderness area’s while traveling with an intimate small group. Comfort is key so you choose if you want a stroll along the beach or strenuous alpine hike – the choice is yours. And at the end of the day you get to enjoy all the comforts of home in our quality lodges and accommodation.
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