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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 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
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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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AAT Kings 9 Day Southern Spotlight

9 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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AAT Kings New Zealand
AAT Kings
 New Zealand escorted tour
 Hotel 3 star - 8 nights
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 37 times in the last 7 days
 

The perfect tour for those wanting to see the best of the South Island with a great group of like minded travellers. Visit Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Mt. Cook National Park, Dunedin, Milford Sound, Queenstown and Franz Josef Glacier with this AAT Kings 9 day Southern Spotlight tour.

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2 day TranzAlpine 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 95 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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4 day Glaciers, Queenstown and Milford Sound highlights

4 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Autumn Colours, Central Otago
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 3 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 41 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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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 13 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 Milford Sound Nature Cruise.

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Trafalgar 10 Day Southern Spectacular

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Over cast day in Wanaka
Trafalgar Tours
 New Zealand escorted tour
 Hotel 4 star - 9 nights
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 38 times in the last 7 days
 

A Journey from the Pancake Rocks of Punakaiki to the picture-perfect Lake Te Anau.  Tuck into a taste of country life with the Taylors, board the TranzAlpine train and cruise the Milford Sound.  This 10-day tour takes you to all the South Island's must-see locations.  You will be surrounded by outstanding views from start to finish and be enlightened and guided by some of New Zealand's most experienced guides.

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6 day Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Glaciers

6 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

New Zealand independent tours
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 5 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 19 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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3 day West Coast Glaciers and TranzAlpine 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 20 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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10 day Southern National Parks tour

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Queenstown gondola, view from the top
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 3 star - 9 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 17 times in the last 7 days
 

This 10 day tour follows the classic route around the South Island but with and extended stay in Mt Cook National Park. The trip includes Queenstown, Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers, as well as a ride on the TranzAlpine scenic train.

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Glaciers overnight

2 days from Queenstown to Christchurch

Fox Glacier
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 1 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 22 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 Tranz Alpine Scenic Train

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Sheila and Satish Rao, TranzAlpine Glaciers and Queenstown, Travelled on 16th March 2020
We enjoyed every minute of our TranzAlpine and Queenstown your. Jo did an outstanding job of organizing our itinerary and everything went smoothly.
Edgar Frank Walter & Maria Jandira de Camargo Mancuso, Contrasts of New Zealand, Travelled on 10th March 2020
We loved New Zealand and the tour was well prepared and everything worked fine. We had, however, some communication problems during the tour. But on the last days of the tour, Christina took over our trip and gave us excellent support.
John & Laurel Godfrey, Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga Deluxe tour, Travelled on 7th March 2020
The places we visited were lovely (as was all of NZ) and the Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga Deluxe tour was really good. I have no criticism of the places and all we saw • You need to revise your outline to show that people travelling need to get...

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