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New Zealand South Island Tours - over 120 great tour ideas

Experience dramatic scenery, landscapes and wonderful hospitality on a South Island New Zealand tour. We have over 120 great itineraries exploring the South Island by coach from escorted and guided tours to highly flexible Thrifty Tours which depart every single day. New Zealand's South Island has it all, from the beaches of Abel Tasman National Park to the thrill of a jet Boat ride in Queenstown or a heli hike on the West Coast glaciers. All our South Island New Zealand tours visit iconic locations of the south including Mt. Cook National Park, Milford Sound, Wanaka, Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Franz Josef and Fox Glacier plus much more. Get in touch with us today to get the best advice on the best South Island tour for you.

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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
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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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Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Taste of the South Island

9 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Penguins, native wildlife
Grand Pacific Tours
 New Zealand escorted tour
 Hotel 3 star - 8 nights
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Beginning and ending in Christchurch, the Grand Pacific 9 day Taste of the South Island tour offers the perfect itinerary to see the best that the south has to offer. Tour through Mackenzie country, visit Te Anau and Milford Sound, enjoy time in our adventure capital plus much more!

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Grand Pacific Tours 10 Day South Island Spectacular

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Tasting wine in Central Otago
Grand Pacific Tours
 New Zealand escorted tour
 Hotel 4 star - 9 nights
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 212 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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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 98 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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AAT Kings 10 Day Southern Spectacular

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Christchurch Fun AAT Kings
AAT Kings
 New Zealand escorted tour
 Hotel 4 star - 9 nights
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 Viewed 101 times in the last 7 days
 

Explore the spectacular South Island on this fully escorted AAT Kings 10 day coach tour. Visit Christchurch, Mt. Cook and Dunedin before crossing Southland to Fiordland National Park, where a Milford Sound cruise and the stunning surrounding alpine regions will prove a trip highlight.

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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 79 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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Grand Pacific Tours 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Grand Pacific Tours New Zealand
Grand Pacific Ultimate
 New Zealand small group tour
 Hotel 4 star - 9 nights
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Escape and enjoy New Zealand's majestic South Island on this deluxe 10 day small group holiday. Beginning in Christchurch you will visit the mighty West Coast, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Dunedin and Mount Cook National Park on this unforgettable journey across New Zealand.

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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 66 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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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 87 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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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 63 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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Susan Adamski & Nate Adams, Waitomo, Rotorua and Hobbiton Tour, Travelled on 17th November 2019
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Cynthia & Hermocisimo Francisco, Grand Pacific Tours 10 Day South Island Spectacular, Travelled on 8th November 2019
Both my husband & I have absolutely enjoyed our 10-Day South Island travel with Grand Pacific Tours! Many thanks to Kasmira for the very efficient and friendly way she has handled our booking :-) I have previously done a tour of the North Island...
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