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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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5 day Southern Highlights with Milford Sound

5 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Winter Al Fresco mountain dining
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 191 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

Arial view of Fox Glacier
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 1 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 96 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 Tranz Alpine , Glaciers and Queenstown

3 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 2 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 73 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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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 73 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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Christchurch to Milford Sound and Queenstown

3 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 2 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 51 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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4 day Glacier, Queenstown and Milford Sound highlights

4 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Autumn Colours, Central Otago
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 3 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 33 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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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 51 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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2 day Tranz Alpine 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 47 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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6 day South Island Encounter

6 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

Christchurch, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 5 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 46 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 Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey and the Ko Tane Maori Experience.

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3 day West Coast Glaciers and Tranz Alpine to Christchurch

3 days from Queenstown to Christchurch

Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 2 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 28 times in the last 7 days
 

From Queenstown you’ll travel the Kawarau Gorge and spectacular Haast Pass to the pristine wilderness of the West Coast.  With 2 nights in Franz Josef you have time for a glacier adventure of your choosing.  From there continue north on the rugged West Coast road to Greymouth where you’ll catch the world renowned Tranz Alpine Scenic Train to Christchurch. 

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Customer Reviews

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Gwynfryn & Pamela Ann Jones, Grand Pacific 9 Day Northern Spectacular, Travelled on 14th April 2019
We toured the North Island, wow, what a fabulous area. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We met some great people. I would like to give a big thank you to Grand Pacific Tours for looking after us so well.
Thomas & Elaine Williams, Gene and Debbie Pass, Grand Pacific 14 Day New Zealand Panorama (2018-2019), Travelled on 24th April 2019
What a wonderful trip, in my life I have traveled to 33 countries. No trip has been as nice as this one. I have rode many buses but never a better driver than Andrew in the South Island. Our guide Barb was great we never had any problems at all. The...
Kee Dizzine, AAT Kings 14 Day New Zealand Vista, Travelled on 23rd April 2019
The 14 Day New Zealand Vista tour was amazing. We were able to see both islands and we feel as if we really know New Zealand now. Our guide, Mel, was very knowledgeable, shared personal experiences, and took great care of our group. Our driver,...

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