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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
A two week New Zealand comprehensive tour visiting the major city centre’s and experiencing those iconic kiwi classics like cruising Milford Sound, seeing the Waitomo Glow-Worms Caves, Maori cultural show and hangi, TranzAlpine train between Arthur's Pass and Christchurch and much much more.
Check all the must-sees and must-dos off your New Zealand bucket list as you travel from the bottom of the South Island to Auckland in the North. This is your chance to take a world-renowned train journey, meet a kiwi, swim in the Pacific Ocean and learn the famous Maori Haka.
Discover one panorama after another on this scenic tour all over New Zealand. You'll explore forest and sea, mountains and lakes, glaciers and geysers, whales and glow worms. Create friendships with like-minded holiday makers from all over the world as you explore New Zealand’s most beautiful places.
This is the ultimate South Island tour - no stone is left unturned. Experience the high-country Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook National Park, an overnight cruise in Fiordland National Park. See the West Coast Glaciers and the Pancake Rock formations of Punakaiki and sail through the Marlborough Sounds - and that's only the start!
This comprehensive luxury New Zealand tour gets you off the beaten track and gives insights to magnificent natural landscapes. The Kiwi tour delivers a one-of-a-kind, quintessentially New Zealand holiday experience visiting some of the more lesser-known destinations.
Experience New Zealand’s magnificent landscapes and unique hospitality on this magical touring holiday. Soak up stunning scenery and the energetic food and wine scene whilst enjoying quality accommodation. This tour is perfect for everyone wanting to enjoy the best of New Zealand.
Experience the best New Zealand has to offer on our classic, all-inclusive 2 week tour, travelling from Christchurch to Auckland. 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 Park before continuing to Rotorua where you will see boiling mud pools, exploding geysers and learn about local Maori traditions - and more.
Beneath southern skies, a world of pure magic awaits. Soaring, snow-capped mountains stretch as far as the eye can see; fading into a mist of purple and pinks come sunset. Mirror-like lakes reflect wide open skies. Mist hovers above rivers and emerald-coloured moss clings to rocky banks. Welcome to New Zealand - the real Middle-earth.
A relaxing tour of both New Zealand islands at an affordable price with a modern coach to view the magical natural beauty of snowy mountains, volcanoes, boiling mud pools, sandy beaches, fiords, wilderness lakes and mighty glaciers.
This Luxury New Zealand tour covers both the North and South islands at an affordable price. Board the Ultimate Coach to view New Zealand's natural beauty - all on your 16 day small group holiday. Most costs are covered including 15 nights premium accommodation, 4 cruises and 30 meals including several speciality evenings.