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.

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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New Zealand Tour Map
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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11 Days | South Island
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Solo Travellers
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
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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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14 Days | Whole of New Zealand
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.
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14 Days | Whole of New Zealand
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14 Day New Zealand Panorama
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.
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15 Days | Whole of New Zealand
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15 Day New Zealand Explorer Small Map
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.
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15 Days | Whole of New Zealand
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.
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15 Days | Whole of New Zealand
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15 Day Splendid New Zealand Coach Tour
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.
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16 Days | Whole of New Zealand
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Ultimate Explorer Luxury Tour
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.
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16 Days | Whole of New Zealand
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Highlights
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.
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17 Days | Whole of New Zealand
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17 Day Magical Tour of New Zealand
Travel across endless patchwork plains, over shimmering blue waters, through misty rain forests and along hand-carved mountain roads. Travel through pristine stunning natural landscapes as you journey from the South to the North Island. Franz Josef Glacier, Sail Lake Wakatipu and Queen Charlotte Sound, Jade Demonstration, Queenstown, Cruise Milford Sound and the Bay of Islands, Lake Tekapo, Kaikoura Fur Seals, Maori Culture, Glowworm Caves.
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18 Days | Whole of New Zealand
Embark on an extraordinary journey through the very heart of New Zealand on the Kakariki, one of our most popular small group tours. The Kakariki Tour offers the perfect mix of exciting excursions and plenty of relaxing free time. Discover spectacular alpine scenery and the warmth of Rotorua’s Maori Culture and have close encounters with rare native wildlife on this unforgettable kiwi holiday.
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18 Days | Whole of New Zealand
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18 Day Wonders of New Zealand Tour
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 the top of 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.
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18 Days | Whole of New Zealand
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18 Day Panorama Small Map
Explore the length of our country, experience the natural beauty and unique culture of both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. See the Bay of Islands and cruise to the famous Hole in the Rock. Experience the majestic thermal wonders of Rotorua. Admire the Art Deco architecture in Napier - a city frozen in time. In the South Island, see the majesty of Mt Cook, take a cruise along stunning Milford Sound, experience glacier country and take the famed TranzAlpine train across the Southern Alps.
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18 Days | Whole of New Zealand
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18 Day New Zealand Grandeur Itinerary Small Map
Explore Aotearoa New Zealand on the 18 Day New Zealand Grandeur, fully inclusive Coach Tour. Highlights include the TranzAlpine Train journey, a Stargazing experience in Mount Cook National Park, high tea at Lanarch Castle, Taieri Gorge Railway journey, Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise and hotpools, an authentic Maori Hangi & Cultural Performance and a spectacular overnight Wilderness Cruise in Doubtful Sound.
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18 Days | Whole of New Zealand
Begin in Auckland, and travel to the subtropical Bay of Islands before making your way through Rotorua and across the picturesque Marlborough Sounds to the South Island.
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