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New Zealand South Island Tours - over 120 great tour ideas

Experience dramatic scenery, landscapes and wonderful hospitality on a New Zealand South Island tour. We have over 120 great itineraries for you to enjoy 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. 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 Circuit Christchurch to Christchurch

5 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Landscape of Arthurs Pass
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 4 nights
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 Viewed 31 times in the last 7 days
 

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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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 33 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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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
 Viewed 28 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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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 26 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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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
 Viewed 26 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 will be your journey on board the famous TranzAlpine scenic train across the South Island.

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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 26 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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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 30 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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6 day Queenstown, Milford Sound and Glacier Highlights

6 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Views over Lake Wakatipu down to Glenorchy
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 5 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 23 times in the last 7 days
 

Starting and finishing Christchurch this tour visits Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers before taking the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey across the Southern Alps.

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6 day South Island Highlights

6 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Milford Sound cruise, Fiordland National Park
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 3 star - 5 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 21 times in the last 7 days
 

Travel Christchurch to Mt Cook and on to Queenstown, then visit Milford Sound before taking the Taieri Gorge Train to Dunedin & finishing your tour 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
 Viewed 27 times in the last 7 days
 

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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Cherryl and Nicholas Ware, Grand Pacific 19 Day New Zealand Showcase, Travelled on 20th march 2019
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Rani & Sandrasegara Balachandra, Custom North Island North Island Experience, Travelled on 23rd March 2019
We started our custom made tour in Auckland and finished in Queenstown. We were very pleased with the service. The tour was very well organised and we brought back a lot of great memories.
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