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
3.5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Independent Coach
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
Departs Daily

Enjoy and explore the Fiordland during this 5 day trip. Cruise on Doubtful Sound, enjoy an overnight Cruise on Milford Sound, view spectacular waterfalls & wildlife, experience kayaking on Milford Sound. Many highlights are waiting for you! 

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From $1599
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Location
South Island
3 .5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Independent Coach
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
Departs Daily

Enjoy amazing 5 Days in Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier and Christchurch. Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw, have dinner at a sheep station, enjoy a free day in Queenstown, explore Franz Josef Glacier and enjoy a Rail Journey on the TranzAlpine. Many highlights are waiting for you!

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From $1610
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Location
South Island
3.5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Independent Coach
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
Departs Daily

Enjoy Christchurch, Mount Cook and Queenstown during this 6 day journey. View the Church of the Good Shepherd, stay in Mt Cook and walk in the alpine valleys, visit a Queenstown wine cave and have lunch & tastings at a winery. Many highlights are waiting for you!

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From $1948
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Location
South Island
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Independent Coach
Departing from
Christchurch
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Departs Daily

A one week tour visiting the most beautiful spots of the South Island. Enjoy the Franz Josef Glacier, a Milford Sound Cruise, a TranzAlpine Rail Journey and many other unforgettable highlights!

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From $1710
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Location
South Island
4.5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Independent Coach
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
Departs Daily

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 during this 7 day independent coach tour.

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From $2149
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Location
South Island
3.5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Independent Coach
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
Departs Daily

Enjoy the most beautiful Glacier on this 7 Day trip. Travel through alpine rainforest, cruise on the TSS Earnslaw, stay in Mount Cook National Park, have dinner at a sheep station and enjoy a TranzAlpine Rail Journey. Many highlights are waiting for you!

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Kea Small Map
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Location
South Island
3.5 to 4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
24 Oct 2019

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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From $4290
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Location
South Island
3 & 4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Independent Coach
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
Departs Daily

Explore the best spots of the South Island on this independent tour. Enjoy a TSS Earnslaw Cruise, a spectacular Milford Sound Cruise, a TranzAlpine Rail Journey and many other highlights on this 9 Day trip.

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From $2115
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9 Day Southern Spotlight Small Map
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Location
South Island
3 to 3.5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
03 Nov 2019

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.

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9 Days Southern Wonders Christchurch to Christchurch Itinerary Map
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Location
South Island
4 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
28 Oct 2019

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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Taste of New Zealand's South Island Coach Tour Small Map
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Location
South Island
3 to 3.5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
27 Oct 2019

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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Location
South Island
3 & 4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Small Group Tours
Adventure Tours
Next Departure
22 Dec 2019

This 10-day South Island small group tour takes you on a circuit of spectacular mountains, lakes, rivers, glaciers, waterfalls and rainforests. You'll visit Christchurch, Queenstown, Lake Wanaka, Lake Tekapo, the Mackenzie Country, and Franz Josef, plus you’ll get to take one of the world’s greatest train rides!

Designed for those 35+ with 3-4 star accommodation

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From $3499
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South Island Spectacular Small Map
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Location
South Island
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
08 Nov 2019

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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TranzAlpine Panorama Small Map
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Location
South Island
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
30 Oct 2019

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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Was $4135
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Location
South Island
5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Independent Coach
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
Departs Daily

Experience a 10 Day independent coach tour around the wildlife hot spots of the South Island. Explore the mountain scenery, take the TranzAlpine Train, enjoy a Milford Sound Cruise, a Monarch Cruise & Tour, explore Dunedin, Queenstown & Christchurch and many other beautiful places on this trip. 

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From $3645
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10 Days Southern Spectacular Christchurch to Christchurch itinerary Map
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Location
South Island
3 to 3.5 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
03 Nov 2019

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 Day Southern Encounter Small Map
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Location
South Island
4.5 Star Hotel
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
17 Nov 2019

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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Was $6219
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Ultimate New Zealand South Island Small Map
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Location
South Island
4.5 to 5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
01 Nov 2019

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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Was $5929
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Location
South Island
Tour Type
Group
Departing from
Wellington

A plethora of natural wonders and iconic landscapes await when you embark on a journey through New Zealand’s South Island. 

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11 Day Southern Discovery Small Maps
Provider
Location
South Island
4 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
10 Nov 2019

Experience the best New Zealand’s South Island has to offer on this classic, all-inclusive 11 Day journey, travelling from Christchurch to Wellington. The highlights include 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 Day Festive South Island Tour Small Map
Provider
Location
South Island
4 to 4.5 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
20 Dec 2019

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!

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The Solo Travellers Luxury Tour of New Zealand Small Map
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Location
South Island
4.5 to 5 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Wellington
Next Departure
30 Dec 2019

Explore the rolling hills and incredible mountain and coastal scenery on this ultimate South Island adventure. Experience a selection of boutique hotels with individual style or a larger hotel where it's spirited ambiance suits the lively location. Receive a premium level of comfort, extensive guest facilities and thoughtful touches that create a lasting experience.

 

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11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour Small Map
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Location
South Island
4.5 to 5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
21 Dec 2019

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.

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Location
South Island
3 & 4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Small Group Tours
Adventure Tours
Departing from
Wellington
Next Departure
22 Dec 2019

Spend 12 glorious days in New Zealand's South Island on a small group tour with an expert local guide. Leaving from Wellington, you'll cross the Cook Strait to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, then venture into the majestic Southern Alps and the adventure playground of Queenstown.

Designed for those 35+ with 3-4 star accommodation

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From $4199
per person twin share
Provider
Location
South Island
3.5 to 4 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Small Group Tours
Adventure Tours
Departing from
Wellington
Next Departure
07 Nov 2019

Welcome to Middle-earth! Many people have dreamed about Middle Earth, and these Lord of the Rings tours takes the dream and makes it a reality. This Lord of the Rings tour will take you from the capital Wellington to New Zealand’s adventure capital Queenstown. On the way, you will discover captivating scenery, visit unique filming locations, meet characters involved in the making of the films, and experience a whirlwind adventure through Middle-earth.

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From $4760
per person twin share
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12 Day Southern Drift Small Group Tour Small Map
Provider
Location
South Island
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
11 Nov 2019

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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Now from $6975
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Provider
Location
South Island
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Independent Coach
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
Departs Daily

This 13 Day independent coach tour brings you the most beautiful spots of the South Island. Experience wide beaches, lakes and the majestic Southern Alps & Glaciers. Cruise on the Milford Sound and in the Abel Tasman National Park and enjoy a three night stopover in the adventurous Queenstown. Many unforgettable highlights on this journey are waiting for you on this journey!

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From $3368
per person twin share
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Small Map
Provider
Location
South Island
4.5 to 5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Wellington
Next Departure
26 Oct 2019

This premium small group escorted tour highlights the extraordinary treasures and dramatic extremes of the South Island. Enjoy a Queen Charlotte Sound Seafood Cruise. 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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