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
South Island
Wilderness Camping
Tour Type
Adventure Tours
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
28 Nov 2018

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.

From $2299
per person twin share
Location
South Island
Dorm Share - Can Upgrade
Tour Type
Adventure Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
28 Jun 2018

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.

From $2099
per person
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
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
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
Location
All of New Zealand
3.5 to 4 Star Hotels & Lodges
Tour Type
Adventure Tours
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
01 Nov 2018

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.

From $7950
per person twin share
Location
South Island
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
15 Oct 2018

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.

From $10323
per person twin share
Location
South Island
A Mixture - See Itinerary
Tour Type
Adventure Tours
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
05 Nov 2018

Enjoy an action-packed hiking adventure on the South Island. Hike the Routeburn Track, the Kaikoura Peninsula, the Paparoa National Park or the Fox Glacier. Many hiking highlights combined with unforgettable experiences like kayaking, biking or a Milford Overnight Cruise are waiting for you on this two week journey!

From $8258
per person twin share
Location
South Island
A Mixture - See Itinerary
Tour Type
Adventure Tours
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
15 Oct 2018

Experience all the highlights of the South Island during this 2 week trip. Enjoy 14 days of adventure at a comfortable pace. A huge variety of outdoor activities like a historic bike trail, swimming with dolphins or kayaking on the Queen Charlotte Sound are waiting for you!

From $8602
per person twin share
Location
All of New Zealand
Multishare Lodge
Tour Type
Adventure Tours
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
10 Jun 2018

For adventurers on a tight time-budget, this 15-day trip includes all the must-sees of both islands such as Coromandel's gorgeous beaches, a traditional Maori village, Kaikoura Peninsula where you can see native wildlife unique to New Zealand as well as a visit to the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown.

Was $3719
Now from $2975
per person twin share
Location
South Island
Huts / Camping
Tour Type
Adventure Tours
Next Departure
06 Nov 2018

Become immersed in a remarkable walking journey throughout New Zealand. Walk through the pristine golden beaches and along the gentle waters of the Abel Tasman National Park. Travel south into the lush rainforests to explore New Zealand’s West Coast canyons and its treasure of ice-age glaciers.

From $3850
per person twin share
Location
South Island
Dorm Share - Can Upgrade
Tour Type
Adventure Tours
Departing from
Wellington
Next Departure
16 Nov 2018

New Zealand's South Island is the perfect place for an adventure holiday.  Covering ground (or water) by kayak, boat, bike, and on foot. If you're not out of breath just from reading all that, then it's probably time to start packing. This adventure suits anyone with the right attitude but generally speaking those that join are between 18 to 35 years old.

From $4159
per person twin share
Location
All of New Zealand
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Small Group Tours
Adventure Tours
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
04 Jun 2018

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.

From $5750
per person twin share
Location
South Island
Dorm Share - Can Upgrade
Tour Type
Adventure Tours
Departing from
Wellington
Next Departure
31 May 2018

This adventure trip incorporates hiking, kayaking, cycling and even bungee jumping across a variety of landscapes including rainforests, glaciers and gorgeous coastline. Exciting even when you’re not moving, accommodations include a seasonal floating boat hostel and a wilderness hostel deep in the rainforest. Unique? You bet.

Was $2679
Now from $2143
per person twin share
Location
All of New Zealand
Dorm Share - Can Upgrade
Tour Type
Adventure Tours
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
26 May 2018

Biking to old gold mining sites, kayaking remote coves or hiking some of the most breathtaking routes in the whole world, New Zealand has a lot to offer. This trip combines the best of the North and South Islands into an affordable, action-packed 21-day itinerary.

Was $3819
Now from $3055
per person twin share
Location
All of New Zealand
Dorm Share - Can Upgrade
Tour Type
Adventure Tours
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
10 Nov 2018

Across 3 action-packed weeks on two islands - you can hike, kayak, and cycle across this diverse land. There's also time for boat cruises and local culture. These small group New Zealand tours are just the ticket for those adventurous folk wanting to maximize their New Zealand experience.

From $6219
per person twin share
Location
All of New Zealand
Huts & Camping
Tour Type
Adventure Tours
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
30 Oct 2018

On this Ultimate New Zealand Adventure Tour you’ll be visiting the absolute must-see places in New Zealand! In the North Island, get a chance to hike two of New Zealand’s Great Walks, breathtaking Lake Waikaremoana and also the volcanic wonders of Tongariro National Park. Kayak in the pristine Abel Tasman National Park, walk on the ice at Fox Glacier.

From $5900
per person twin share
Location
All of New Zealand
3.5 to 4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
11 Jul 2018

National Geographic Journey’s support sustainable tourism and promote culture, heritage and conservation. By immersing yourself in this 22 day Australasian guided tour you will forge connections with the environment and the people through authentic life-changing experiences. Capture the sunrise at sacred Uluru/Ayers Rock, explore ancient rainforests, ice-age glaciers and be enthralled with the many Aboriginal and Maori myths, legends and cultural traditions that genealogically link the past with the present.

From $10639
per person twin share
Location
All of New Zealand
Multishare Lodge
Tour Type
Adventure Tours
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
06 Jun 2018

This comprehensive 24-day New Zealand adventure delivers the most immersive experience possible. Get close to the land by exploring volcanoes, national parks, sustainable farms, explore the sea in kayak and by surfing (lessons) 24 days? You’ll wish it were longer.

Was $4199
Now from $3360
per person twin share