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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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Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour [A]

11 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 - 10 nights
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Spend 11 day's exploring New Zealand's South Island with Grand Pacific's Ultimate Christmas Tour! Enjoy a Christmas-themed adventure with a range of great activities included. Visit Larnach Castle, ride the TranzAlpine train and enjoy a Christmas dinner in the mountains plus much more!

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5 day Southern Alps Circuit Christchurch to Christchurch

5 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Landscape of Arthurs Pass
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
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Circumnavigate the Southern Alps on this 5 day tour.  Begin with the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey from Christchurch to the West Coast.  Continue your journey south to the West Coast Glacier region and onto the alpine ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown where you’ll spend 3 nights.  You have a free day to explore before your day trip to the pristine wilderness of Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park.  Return to Christchurch via Mt Cook National Park, where you’ll stop for lunch at the Hermitage.

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5 day Southern highlights

5 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

TSS Earnslaw Cruising Lake Wakatipu
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 20 times in the last 7 days
 

A 5 day introduction to the South Island including Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers and the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey.An ideal tour to customise to your own schedule.

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6 day Mt. Cook, Queenstown Milford Sound and Dunedin

6 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

New Zealand Queenstown
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 5 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
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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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4 day Southern Circuit

4 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 3 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
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A 4 day introduction to the South Island including Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown and the West Coast Glaciers. A highlight will be your journey on board the famous TranzAlpine scenic train across the South Island.

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AAT Kings 9 Day Southern Wonders

9 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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AAT Kings coach tours New Zealand
AAT Kings
 New Zealand escorted tour
 Hotel 3 star - 8 nights
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Discover the dramatic South Island on this 9 day escorted coach tour. Cross the Southern Alps to the wild West Coast, travel through Mt. Aspiring National Park to Queenstown and Milford Sound before crossing Southland to Dunedin. Explore Mt. Cook and return to finish in Christchurch.

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7 day Southern Alps to the Southern Lakes

7 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

Queenstown, South Island
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 6 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
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This 7 day tour is great for people who wish to experience as much as they can as they journey from Christchurch to Queenstown. Begin with the renowned TranzAlpine scenic train, then there is time to explore the west coast glacier regions, the alpine-adventure town of Queenstown and the breath taking Milford Sound.

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5 day Southern Scenes

5 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

Milford Sound cruise, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 4 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 22 times in the last 7 days
 

A 5 day introduction to the South Island, including Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers. A highlight is a ride on the renowned TranzAlpine scenic train.

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4 day Southern Circuit

4 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 3 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 20 times in the last 7 days
 

A 4 day introduction to the South Island including Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown and the West Coast Glaciers. A highlight is the renowned TranzAlpine scenic train journey.

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10 day Southern National Parks

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Mount Cook National Park
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 9 nights
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This 10 day tour follows the classic route around the South Island but with an extended stay in Mt Cook National Park. Includes Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers as well as the 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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