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South Island Tours - New Zealand Independent Tours

See the glorious South Island and its iconic scenery on one of our Independent Touring packages. Each tour departs daily and can be customised so you get to see what you want to see. With a choice of accommodations to suit everyone our South Island tours are perfect for the independent traveller.

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5 day Southern Highlights with Milford Sound

5 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Milford Sound New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 77 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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Glaciers Overnight

2 days from Queenstown to Christchurch

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Arial view of Fox Glacier
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 1 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 80 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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3 day TranzAlpine Glaciers and Queenstown

3 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

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Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 2 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 45 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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2 day TranzAlpine and West Coast Glaciers to Queenstown

2 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

Tranzalpine Rail Route
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 1 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 122 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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Christchurch to Milford Sound and Queenstown

3 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 2 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 31 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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8 day South Island Scenic Explorer

8 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Avon River, Christchurch
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 3 star - 7 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 21 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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5 day Southern Alps to the Southern Lakes

5 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

Tasman Glacier Lake, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 20 times in the last 7 days
 

This 5 day tour is great for people who wish to experience as much as they can as they journey from Christchurch to Queenstown. Along the way you will explore Mt Cook National Park, before continuing on to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world, for a few days of relaxation or exhilaration - you decide!

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4 day Glaciers, Queenstown and Milford Sound highlights

4 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Autumn Colours, Central Otago
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 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 3 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 11 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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6 day South Island Encounter

6 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 5 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 13 times in the last 7 days
 

A 6 day introduction to the South Island including Mt Cook National Park, Christchurch, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers.  Highlights are the renowned TranzAlpine Scenic Train journey and the Milford Sound Nature Cruise.

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6 day Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Glaciers

6 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

New Zealand independent tours
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 5 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 22 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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Alan & Rayleen Price, 8 day South Island Scenic Explorer, Travelled on 12th September 2020
We have now returned home from our holiday! It was wonderful, I must congratulate you on the holiday package you put together for us, you did exceptionally well. Thank You 🙏🙏🙂. All the private transfer people were exceptional and the...
Rachel Wilson, 5 day Southern Highlights with Milford Sound, Travelled on 19th July 2020
Awesome time away.
Sheila and Satish Rao, TranzAlpine Glaciers and Queenstown, Travelled on 16th March 2020
We enjoyed every minute of our TranzAlpine and Queenstown your. Jo did an outstanding job of organizing our itinerary and everything went smoothly.

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