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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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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 30 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

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Fox Glacier
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Hotel 4 star - 1 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 33 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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Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour

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
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 32 times in the last 7 days
 

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 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 41 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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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
 Viewed 40 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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13 day Southern Parks and Scenic Trains

13 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

Larnach Castle, Dunedin
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 12 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 43 times in the last 7 days
 

This 13 day tour follows the classic route around the South Island but with multiple night stays in Queenstown, Mt Cook and Dunedin.  Also includes Doubtful Sound and the West Coast Glaciers as well as two scenic train journeys.

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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 33 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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9 day Southern Scenic Wonders

9 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 8 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 19 times in the last 7 days
 

This classic 9 day tour introduces you to Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers and includes the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey.

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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 22 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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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 10 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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Susan Adamski & Nate Adams, Waitomo, Rotorua and Hobbiton Tour, Travelled on 17th November 2019
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Cynthia & Hermocisimo Francisco, Grand Pacific Tours 10 Day South Island Spectacular, Travelled on 8th November 2019
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