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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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10 day Glaciers and Overnight Fiordland

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Christchurch, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 9 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 18 times in the last 7 days
 

Starting in Christchurch cross the Southern Alps on board the Tranz Alpine train. Explore the West Coast Glaciers before heading south to Queenstown. Venture into Milford Sound for an incredible overnight experience. The World Heritage area of Mt Cook National Park is also a highlight.

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4 day Mt. Cook, Queenstown Milford Sound and Dunedin

4 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Taieri Gorge Railway, Dunedin, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 3 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 9 times in the last 7 days
 

Travel Christchurch to Mt Cook to Queenstown, then visit Milford Sound before taking the Taieri Gorge Train to Dunedin, finish your tour in Christchurch.

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5 day Fiordland Explorer

5 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Set sail out of Queenstown on the TSS Earnslaw
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 22 times in the last 7 days
 

Visit Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound the Glow Worm Caves and spare time in Queenstown on this 5 day Fiordland Explorer tour.

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4 day Southern Highlights

4 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 3 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 9 times in the last 7 days
 

A 4 day introduction to the South Island including Mt Cook National Park, 2 nights in Queenstown and a night in Franz Josef to explore the West Coast Glaciers.  Highlights include a cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw steamship for dinner at Walter Peak High Country farm and the renowned Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey. This tour can easily be customised to your own schedule.

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9 day Southern Wonders (Fly & Coach)

9 days from Auckland to Auckland

Christchurch, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 8 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 16 times in the last 7 days
 

Fly from Auckland to Christchurch with Air New Zealand to take this classic 9 day tour. Visit Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers and includes the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey. Return to Auckland with Air New Zealand.

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Lakeland

5 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Milford Sound, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 10 times in the last 7 days
 

This 5 day highlights tour includes a visit to the charming city of Dunedin, a cruise on the stunning Milford Sound, plus some time exploring the wonderful resort of Queenstown before returning to Christchurch via Mt Cook National Park.

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8 day Queenstown and Glacier Explorer

8 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 7 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 26 times in the last 7 days
 

Explore the Southern Alps, its glaciers and mountains as well as time in Queenstown to enjoy the alpine adventure atmosphere. Includes a glacier explorers tour in Mt Cook, an exciting Shotover jet Boat ride and the Tranz Alpine train journey.

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Lakeland

5 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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

This 5 day highlights tour includes Dunedin, Milford Sound including a cruise plus time in wonderful Queenstown before returning to Christchurch via Mt Cook National Park.

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8 day Glacier and Queenstown Explorer

8 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Shotover Jet, Queenstown, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 7 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 10 times in the last 7 days
 

Arrive into Christchurch then cross the Southern Alps on board the Tranz Alpine train. Explore the West Coast Glaciers before heading south to Queenstown where you enjoy a Shotover Jet Boat ride ad time to explore at leisure. Onto Mt Cook National Park to enjoy a Tasman Glacier tour and then return to Christchurch.

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Trains, Fiords and Glaciers

6 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Queenstown, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 5 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 12 times in the last 7 days
 

Spoil yourself with a trip to beautiful fiords, stunning glaciers and the best scenic rail routes of New Zealand's South Island.

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Tanmay Kumar, Tanmay's New Zealand Adventure!, Travelled on 18th November 2019
This was one of my best trips. All credit goes to Skye for coming up with itinerary and the suggestions. I was travelling solo and needed customizations to fit my preferences. I did not have enough time to plan and do all the bookings. I only told...
Lorraine & Ken Harrison, AAT Kings 9 Day Southern Spotlight Tour, Travelled on 10th November 2019
Our trip AAT Kings 9 day Southern Spotlight was exceptional, It was well organised and Mark the driver and Aaron the tour guide made the trip most enjoyable. Many thanks to Kaz at New Zealand Coach Tours for organising this trip for us.
Mark & Caroline Mangion, AAT Kings 9 Day Southern Spotlight - Earlybird, Travelled on 17th November 2019
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