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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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2 day Tranz Alpine 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
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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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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 77 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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4 day Glacier, Queenstown and Milford Sound highlights

4 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Autumn Colours, Central Otago
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 3 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 33 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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Kirra Tours 10 day Classic TranzAlpine Panorama

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Panoramic Train South Island
Kirra Tours
 New Zealand escorted tour
 Hotel 4 star - 9 nights
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 59 times in the last 7 days
 

Discover the spectacular South Island of New Zealand, taking in the southern loop from Christchurch down the central spine of the Southern Alps and onto the East and West Coasts. Board the famous TranzAlpine train journey from Greymouth to Christchurch, a great way to finish off your holiday experience!

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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 38 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 Ko Tane Maori Experience.

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3 day West Coast Glaciers and Tranz Alpine 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 42 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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Kirra Tours Platinum 10 Day Southern Encounter

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Larnach Castle
Kirra Tours
 New Zealand small group tour
 Hotel 4 star - 9 nights
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 32 times in the last 7 days
 

Explore New Zealand on this 10 Day Southern Encounter Coach Tour. Highlights include a TranzAlpine Train excursion, an overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise, high tea at Lanarch Castle, wildlife cruise on the Otago Harbour, and star gazing at Mount Cook amongst other adventures.

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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 28 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 38 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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Glaciers overnight

2 days from Queenstown to Christchurch

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Fox Glacier
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 1 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 28 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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Nataly Hernandez, Nataly's Customised NZ Exploring, Travelled on 22nd July 2019
I had a fantastic time with all the activities I booked! :) Chelsea was extremely helpful and patient to answer all my queries and suggest activities based on the things I liked and the fully-packed itinerary I wished for. All chosen companies in...
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