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Enjoy touring New Zealand's South Island by coach

Would you like to tour all of New Zealand's South Island by coach? These tours, selected by our team, travel to wonderful South Island destinations. Browse escorted holidays and custom coach touring experiences that offer you the best of the South Island.
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AAT Kings - 9 Day Southern Spotlight

9 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Queenstown, New Zealand
AAT Kings
 Escorted coach tour
 Hotel 3 star - 8 nights
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 Viewed 195 times in the last 7 days
 

The 9 day Southern Spotlight tour explores the wonderful scenery of the South Island. The city of Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook, Dunedin, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier and you take the world famous Tranz Alpine train from Arthurs Pass to Christchurch. With lots of opportunities to enjoy the many great optional tours and activities this is the ideal tour for those wishing to see the best of the South Island at a relaxing pace.

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5 day Southern highlights including Milford Sound

5 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Majestic Milford Sound
Thrifty Tours
 Independent (daily departures)
 Motels - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 210 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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AAT Kings 10 Day Southern Spectacular

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Stop off on the road to Milford
AAT Kings
 Escorted coach tour
 Hotel 4 star - 9 nights
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 Viewed 90 times in the last 7 days
 

Explore the Spectacular South Island on this fully escorted tour. Visit Christchurch, Mt Cook and Dunedin before crossing Southland to Fiordland National Park and the alpine regions. The West Coast Glacier regions and the Tranz Alpine train journey are your final leg back to Christchurch.

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Grand Pacific 10 Day South Island Spectacular

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Lupins of Mount Cook National Park
Grand Pacific Tours
 Escorted coach tour
 Hotel 4 star - 9 nights
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 Viewed 75 times in the last 7 days
 

See the South Island's highlights including the garden city, Christchurch, Mighty Mt. Cook, Lake Tekapo, the wonderful city of Dunedin, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park including a Milford Sound cruise, Queenstown, the West Coast and Franz Josef Glacier and the world famous Tranz Alpine train journey.

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AAT Kings 9 Day Southern Wonders

9 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Dunedin railway station
AAT Kings
 Escorted coach tour
 Hotel 3 star - 8 nights
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 Viewed 70 times in the last 7 days
 

Explore the dramatic South Island on this 9 day tour. Crossing the Southern Alps to the Wild West Coast and Franz Josef Glacier. Travel through Mt Aspiring National Park to Queenstown, the Alpine Resort town is renowned for its exciting activities and spectacular scenery. Enjoy a cruise on Milford Sound before crossing the rolling hills of Southland towards Dunedin, 'the Edinburgh of the South'. Through the Waitaki region and onto Mt Cook National Park and the magical high country of Mackenzie before returning to the garden city of Christchurch.
 

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Grand Pacific 8 Day Warbirds over Wanaka South Island Tour

8 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Warbirds Over Wanaka, New Zealand
Grand Pacific Tours
 Escorted coach tour
 Hotel 3 star - 7 nights
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 Viewed 35 times in the last 7 days
 

See the sights of the South Island on this 8 day tour and experience the thrilling Warbirds over Wanaka airshow. Witness flying acts with famous military fighter aircraft from the last 100 years, through to modern jets of today. Nestled on the shores of a pristine blue lake, amongst the mighty peaks of the Southern Alps, a natural amphitheatre provides stunning scenery for this show.

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Grand Pacific 9 Day Taste of the South Island

9 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Grand Pacific, New Zealand
Grand Pacific Tours
 Escorted coach tour
 Hotel 3 star - 8 nights
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 67 times in the last 7 days
 

The Grand Pacific 9 day Taste of the South Island tour offers the ideal itinerary to see the best that the south has to offer. Starting and finishing in Christchurch experience the scenery of the Mackenzie country, Dunedin, Te Anau and Milford Sound, the adventure capital of Queenstown and the West Coast Glaciers before returning to Christchurch on board the Tranz Alpine train. Great inclusions and great value.

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6 day Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Glaciers

6 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Exploring Fox Glacier
Thrifty Tours
 Independent (daily departures)
 Motels - 5 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 50 times in the last 7 days
 

Experience Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound and the Glaciers on this 6 day itinerary. Includes the Taieri Gorge Train trip, a Milford Sound day tour including a 2 1/2 hour nature cruise and the famous Tranz Alpine train.

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9 day Coast to Coast

9 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Dunedin railway station, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 Independent (daily departures)
 Motels - 8 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 32 times in the last 7 days
 

This is one of our most popular 9 day South Island touring itineraries. Travel the coastline from Christchurch to Dunedin with an afternoon to explore the 'Edinburgh of the South'. Cross the rich farmland of Southland to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park. Then visit Milford Sound and a 2 1/2 hour nature cruise. Return to Queenstown for 2 nights and a full day to explore at your leisure. Your journey continues north to the rugged West Coast and the unique Franz Josef region. A full day to fully enjoy the regions walks and unique activities. Then its onto Greymouth where you board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train for your return across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

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Inspiring Journeys 12 Day The Southern Drift

12 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Queenstown, New Zealand
Inspiring Journeys
 Small group tour (escorted)
 Hotel 4 star - 11 nights
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 Viewed 50 times in the last 7 days
 

No stone is left unturned as you venture into parts of 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, you will fall asleep under a blanket of mist with shadows on the still waters of the fiord.

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