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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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
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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 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
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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
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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
Group
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
Affordable Coach
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
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Location
All of New Zealand
3 to 4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
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
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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
Location
All of New Zealand
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Independent Coach
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
Departs Daily
Wanting to see New Zealand's highlights, then join one of our independent coach tours. Explore the North & South Island during this 13 day journey. Enjoy the Waitomo Caves, a Milford Sound Day Tour & Cruise, Te Puia Geothermal Experience, a TranzAlpine journey and many other unforgettable places!
From $3139
per person twin share
Location
South Island
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Independent Coach
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
Departs Daily
This 13 Day independent coach tour brings you the most beautiful spots of the South Island. Experience wide beaches, lakes and the majestic Southern Alps & Glaciers. Cruise on the Milford Sound and in the Abel Tasman National Park and enjoy a three night stopover in the adventurous Queenstown. Many unforgettable highlights on this journey are waiting for you on this journey!
From $3368
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
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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
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
ON SALE
14 Day Wonders of NZ Small Map
Location
All of New Zealand
3 to 3.5 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
18 Jun 2018
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.
Was $3995
Now from $3795
per person twin share
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14 Day New Zealand Vista Small Map
Location
All of New Zealand
3 to 3.5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
05 Jun 2018
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.
Was $3995
Now from $3795
per person twin share
ON SALE
New Zealand Panorama Small Map
Location
All of New Zealand
3 to 3.5 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
10 Sep 2018
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.
Was $4949
Now from $4279
per person twin share
On Sale
 Southern Spirit Escorted Tour Small Map
Location
South Island
3 to 3.5 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
25 Oct 2018
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!
Was $4885
Now from $4300
per person twin share
Location
All of New Zealand
4 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Independent Coach
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
Departs Daily
A two weeks tour visiting and experiencing a combination of unique activities and leisure time in the most beautiful spots. Enjoy the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Te Puia, a Milford Sound Day Tour and many other highlights of New Zealand on this independent tour.
From $4455
per person twin share
Location
All of New Zealand
4 to 4.5 Star Accommodation
Tour Type
Premium Tours
Small Group Tours
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
14 Oct 2018
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.
From $7890
per person twin share
Location
South Island
A Mixture - See Itinerary
Tour Type
Group
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
Group
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
ON SALE
15 Day Splendid New Zealand Coach Tour
Location
All of New Zealand
4 Star Hotel
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
05 Jun 2018
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.
Was $5675
Now from $5390
per person twin share
On Sale
15 Day New Zealand Explorer Small Map
Location
All of New Zealand
4 Star Hotels
Tour Type
Affordable Coach
Escorted Tours
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
23 Sep 2018
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.
Was $6269
Now from $5644
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