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
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
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
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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
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
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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
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12 Day Southern Drift Small Group Tour
Location
South Island
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
12 Nov 2018
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.
Was $6595
Now from $5800
per person twin share
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13 Day Southern Sensations Small Map
Location
South Island
4.5 to 5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Wellington
Next Departure
06 Oct 2018
This premium small group escorted tour highlights the extraordinary treasures and dramatic extremes of the South Island. Enjoy your private beach in the wonderful Kenepuru Sounds. 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...
Was $7007
Now from $6306
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, staying in premium accommodation and enjoying excellent food and wine.
From $10323
per person twin share
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Ultimate Explorer - a Luxury Tour Small Map
Location
All of New Zealand
4.5 to 5 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
27 Sep 2018
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.
Was $8499
Now from $7619
per person twin share
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18 Day New Zealand Grandeur Itinerary Small Map
Location
All of New Zealand
4.5 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
21 Oct 2018
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.
Was $10139
Now from $9124
per person twin share
Location
All of New Zealand
4 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
10 Oct 2018
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.
From $9390
per person twin share
Location
All of New Zealand
Hotel/Deluxe Cabin
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Cruise
Next Departure
31 Jan 2019
Join the complete New Zealand experience on a 12 night cruise across the Tasman aboard the sophisticated Celebrity Solstice staying in a spacious Deluxe Balcony Cabin. Visit Sydney and Melbourne before you cruise across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand. Then board your modern coach and take in the highlights of Auckland, then fly to Queenstown to experience the wonders of the South Island on a scenic coach tour. An experienced friendly guide will accompany your entire tour, setting the scene and providing assistance along the way.
Was $7599
Now from $6999
per person twin share
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20 Day Odyssey Small Map
Location
All of New Zealand
4 to 5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
29 Sep 2018
This 20 Day Small Group (no more then 24) Luxury Tour covering both the North & South Islands, experiencing the best we have on offer. Mt Cook, Marlborough Sounds, Geothermal Rotorua, Art Deco Napier, Queenstown, TranzAlpine Train Journey and Auckland - showcasing New Zealand in a more relaxed and less structured way. Many unique and exclusive activities. Stay in premium hotels and lodges and enjoy dining at some of New Zealand’s leading wineries.
Was $11495
Now from $10345
per person twin share
ON SALE
The Long white Cloud
Location
All of New Zealand
4 to 5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
12 Nov 2018
Experience some of the best scenic delights New Zealand has to offer. Overnight in the rainforests of Franz Josef, sleep among the treetops in the Coromandel Ranges and journey into the wild and pristine landscapes of Stewart Island.
Was $11850
Now from $10425
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
On Sale
23 Day Best of NZ Cruise Small Map
Location
All of New Zealand
4 Star Hotel/Cabin
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Cruise
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
19 Mar 2019
Discover New Zealand by land and sea. Combine a luxury coach tour that takes you to see the best of New Zealand’s iconic attractions and stunning scenery combined with a cruise to New Zealand's coastal highlights, across the Tasman Sea experiencing Melbourne and Sydney on board the indulgent Celebrity Solstice Cruise Liner.
Was $9749
Now from $9099
per person twin share