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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Location
All of New Zealand
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Independent Coach
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
Departs Daily

Short of time and wanting to see New Zealand's 'Must See' highlights, then join one of our independent coach tours.  Explore the highlights of the North & South during this 8 Day independent Coach Tour. Enjoy the Waitomo Caves, a Milford Sound Day Tour & Cruise, Te Puia Geothermal Experience or many other highlights! 

From $2515
per person twin share
Location
South Island
3.5 to 4 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Adventure Tours
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 share
Location
South Island
A Mixture
Tour Type
Adventure Tours
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
25 Nov 2018

We’ve picked all of the best bits around the South Island and cleverly squeezed them into eight unforgettable days, packing as much fun as possible into this Adventure Tour. Experience the best hikes, paddles and bike rides during this 8 day South Island of New Zealand. Activities like kayaking, wilderness Jet Boating, swimming with dolphins and many other highlights for you - An unforgettable journey. 

From $6365
per person twin share
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.

From $2115
per person twin share
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9 Day Southern Spotlight Small Map
Location
South Island
3 to 3.5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
10 Jun 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 $2515
per person twin share
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9 Days Southern Wonders Christchurch to Christchurch Itinerary Map
Location
South Island
4 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Escorted Tours
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 $2515
per person twin share
ON SALE
Taste of New Zealand's South Island Coach Tour Small Map
Location
South Island
3 to 3.5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
10 Sep 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 $3549
Now from $3049
per person twin share
ON SALE
10 Day New Zealand Escorted Tour
Location
All of New Zealand
4 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
13 Jul 2018

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.

Was $3775
Now from $3320
per person twin share
Location
South Island
4 to 4.5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
24 Oct 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 $4490
per person twin share
Location
South Island
Cabin on Cruise
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Cruise
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 share
Location
South Island
Cabin on Cruise
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Cruise
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 share
Location
All of New Zealand
3 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Independent Coach
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
Departs Daily

The landscapes of Middle earth will come alive as you travel deep into Middle Earth (New Zealand) and visit the landscape that inspired Peter Jackson’s film locations for The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Experience the magic of Hobbiton, journey deep into Waitomo Caves and explore the natural beauty and the remote wilderness area of Edoras – and a lot more…

From $3439
per person twin share
On Sale
TranzAlpine Panorama Small Map
Location
South Island
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Escorted Tours
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
ON SALE
South Island Spectacular Small Map
Location
South Island
3 to 3.5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
21 Sep 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 $4069
Now from $3559
per person twin share
ON SALE
10 Days Southern Spectacular Christchurch to Christchurch itinerary Map
Location
South Island
3 to 3.5 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
10 Jun 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
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. 

From $3645
per person twin share
On Sale
Ultimate New Zealand South Island Small Map
Location
South Island
4.5 to 5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
05 Sep 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 $5599
Now from $4860
per person twin share
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10 Day Southern Encounter Small Map
Location
South Island
4.5 Star Hotel
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
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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10 Day Inspiring New Zealand Small Map
Location
All of New Zealand
4.5 to 5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
21 Oct 2018

Discover nature’s bounty, as you wander through ancient rainforests, cruise on spectacular Lake Manapouri and marvel at geothermal phenomena. Great film epics such as Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed in the vast wildernesses and enchanting landscapes of New Zealand. This inspiring journey showcases New Zealand’s natural splendors, culinary flair and fascinating indigenous cultures.

Was $7025
Now from $6180
per person twin share
Location
All of New Zealand
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Independent Coach
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
Departs Daily

New Zealand was one of the last places on Earth colonised by humans, meaning many of our natural environments and wildlife have been left alone. This independent tour takes you to see those special places to experience New Zealand’s best wildlife encounters. Explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Te Puia, a Milford Sound Nature Cruise, a wildlife cruise of the Otago Peninsula and many other highlights! 

From $3539
per person twin share
On Sale
11 Day Southern Discovery Small Maps
Location
South Island
4 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Escorted Tours
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 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
Location
All of New Zealand
4 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Adventure Tours
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
22 Jul 2018

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.

From $4359
per person twin share
on sale
11 Day Festive South Island Tour Small Map
Location
South Island
4 to 4.5 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Escorted Tours
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
4.5 to 5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
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 $5522
per person twin share
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The Solo Travellers Luxury Tour of New Zealand Small Map
Location
South Island
4.5 to 5 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
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 $6489
Now from $5840
per person twin share
Location
South Island
3 Star Ski Lodges
Tour Type
Adventure Tours
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 share
Location
All of New Zealand
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Independent Coach
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
Departs Daily

Enjoy this independent coach tour to explore the 'Must See' highlights of the North and South Island. Enjoy the Waitomo Caves, a Maori Cultural Experience, a Milford Sound Nature Cruise, a Dart River Safari Tour, a TSS Earnslaw Cruise and a TranzAlpine Rail journey. Many highlights are waiting for you on this 12 Day journey!

From $3932
per person twin share
Location
All of New Zealand
3 to 4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Independent Coach
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
Departs Daily

Welcome to Middle-Earth! Many people have dreamed about Middle Earth, and this Lord of the Rings tour can take you into the dream and it will become reality.  Visit Lord of The Rings's film locations, Weta Studios, Hobbiton and enjoy other fascinating guided tours.

From $4135
per person twin share
Location
South Island
3.5 to 4 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Small Group Tours
Adventure Tours
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 share