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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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6 day Southern Express

6 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Milford Sound cruise, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 5 nights
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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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8 day Glacier and Queenstown Explorer

8 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Shotover Jet, Queenstown
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 7 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 11 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 and 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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4 day Southern Highlights

4 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

TSS Earnslaw, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 3 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 8 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 Coast to Coast

9 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Antigua Boatsheds Christchurch New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 8 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 6 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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6 day Dunedin, Milford Sound, Queenstown and Mt. Cook

6 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 5 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 22 times in the last 7 days
 

This 6 day tour starts and finishes Christchurch and includes a visit to Dunedin, the Taieri Gorge Train trip, a day tour to Milford Sound then Queenstown to Mt Cook to Christchurch with Great Sights coaches.

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Trains, Fiords and Glaciers

6 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Dunedin, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 5 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 20 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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Grand Pacific 11 Day Top of the South Island Tour

11 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Seal on A rock in Kaikoura
Grand Pacific Tours
 New Zealand escorted tour
 Hotel 4 star - 10 nights
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 36 times in the last 7 days
 

This escorted coach tour is one of a kind.  Looping the South Island north of Christchurch you will travel along the beautiful coastline, through impressive gorges exploring by coach and on foot. Visit the famous wine-growing Marlborough region, experience the popular TranzAlpine Scenic Railway and cruise in the awe-inspiring Abel Tasman National Park.
Please be aware this tour includes a number of short walks of up to 1 hour that require a moderate level of fitness. The walks are scenic and not excessive but can include slight inclines and uneven surfaces. Please ensure you feel comfortable with this level of fitness before making a booking.

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Kirra Tours Classic 10 Day Traverse 2020/21

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Fiordland National Park, Doubtful Sound
Kirra Tours
 New Zealand escorted tour
 Hotel 4 star - 9 nights
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 15 times in the last 7 days
 

Enjoy 10 days with Kirra Tours to explore the South Island, New Zealand. Starting and finishing in Christchurch this journey highlights, unique landscapes like the Moeraki Boulders and Punakaiki Rocks, journeys through a rainforest, across plains and in between glacial valleys.  A must see included in this tour is Doubtful Sound which you will enjoy on board a scenic cruise. With a mix of planned days and time to relax, you will be spoilt for choice on how you spend your time. 

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Kirra Tours Platinum 9 Day Southern Encounter 2020/21

9 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Queenstown View
Kirra Tours
 New Zealand small group tour
 Hotel 4 star - 8 nights
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 17 times in the last 7 days
 

Join just 24 others on this luxury escorted coach tour of the South Island New Zealand. Taking you cross country on the world-famous TranzAlpine Scenic Train and down the west coast before enjoying the serenity of the Fiordland National Park on a Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise, sure to be a tour highlight. After you are feeling fully relaxed meet up with the coach again and head to Dunedin on the Otago Peninsula. Finishing in Christchurch you can explore the newly built city at your leisure or get Kirra to drop you back at the airport for your next adventure.

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Grand Pacific Tours 10 Day South Island Festive Highlights Tour

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Grand Pacific Coach on road with Mt cook in background
Grand Pacific Tours
 New Zealand escorted tour
 Hotel 4 star - 9 nights
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 10 times in the last 7 days
 

Spend Christmas 2020 in New Zealand with a like-minded group of travellers on this summer coach tour. Looping the South Island you'll visit the most talked-about locations on the island, and more.  Highlighting Milford Sound and the TranzAlpine Scenic Railway, Larnach castle and the TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown this journey will keep you busy and offer you the chance to safely explore New Zealand's most dynamic scenery. 

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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
Hi Laura! We were really pleased with how the tour was organized. All activities and visits in the program were carried out and the tour and scenery were simply amazing. We were pleased with fact that luggage was transported to and from hotel by...

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