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South Island Independent Touring

Thrifty South Island tours are a great option if you want to create your own experience. These suggestions can be customised to suit you. Stay longer in places that interest you, mix up the accommodations, add in activities that you want to do. Just talk to our expert team to get the best South Island tour.

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  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 293 times in the last 7 days
  • Enjoy 5 days exploring New Zealand's South Island with this excellent independent touring itinerary. Journey from Christchurch in a loop around the South Island. Cruise through Milford Sound, visit Mt. Cook National Park, explore the West Coast glaciers, and travel on the TranzAlpine scenic train.

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NZD$1,585

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 168 times in the last 7 days
  • Highlights include: Queenstown • the Gibbston Valley • Lakes Wanaka and Hawea •  Visit Franz Josef Glacier • the wild West Coast • The world famous TranzAlpine Scenic Train

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NZD$820

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 238 times in the last 7 days
  • Enjoy the scenery of Canterbury, the Mackenzie country and Mt Cook National Park before arriving into Queenstown. Take a fully escorted day tour to Milford Sound with Real Journeys.

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NZD$1,145

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 152 times in the last 7 days
  • From Christchurch you’ll cross the Southern Alps on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.  On reaching the ruggedly beautiful West Coast you’ll follow the coastline south to Franz Josef where you’ll spend the next 2 nights.  From your base in Franz Josef you’ll have time to explore the pristine wilderness of Westland Tai Poutini National Park and the fabulous glaciers.  Leaving the glacier region you’ll continue south through the stunning Haast Pass to the Southern Lakes region and the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown.

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NZD$1,195

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 124 times in the last 7 days
  • Highlights include: The world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train • The wild West Coast • Visit Franz Josef Glacier •  Lakes Wanaka and Hawea • the Gibbston Valley • Queenstown

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NZD$695

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 147 times in the last 7 days
  • A great 8 day tour which introduces you to Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers and includes the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey.

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NZD$2,430

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 148 times in the last 7 days
  • A 5 day introduction to the South Island including Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers and the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey.An ideal tour to customise to your own schedule.

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NZD$2,100

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 102 times in the last 7 days
  • Highlights include: The world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train, The wild West Coast, Visit Franz Josef Glacier, Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, the Gibbston Valley, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Mt Cook National Park.

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NZD$1,395

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 93 times in the last 7 days
  • Experience Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound and the Glaciers on this 6-day itinerary. Includes the Speights Brewery Tour, a Milford Sound day tour including a 2 1/2 hour nature cruise and the famous Tranz Alpine train.

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NZD$1,575

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 175 times in the last 7 days
  • Travel the coastline from Christchurch to Dunedin to explore the 'Edinburgh of the South'. Then, visit Milford Sound and cruise through the incredible fiord. Spend time in the 'Adventure Capital' Queenstown before travelling the rugged West Coast and the unique Franz Josef region. Finally, board the world-famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train for your return across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

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NZD$1,995

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