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The South Island of New Zealand has the most dramatic scenery and landscapes. Explore this wonderful place on a great South Island coach tour.

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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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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 Tranz Alpine and West Coast Glaciers to Queenstown

3 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

Tranzalpine train, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 2 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
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From Christchurch you’ll cross the Southern Alps on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.  On reaching the ruggedly beautiful West Coast you’ll follow the coastline south to Franz Josef where you’ll spend the next 2 nights.  From your base in Franz Josef you’ll have time to explore the pristine wilderness of Westland Tai Poutini National Park and the fabulous glaciers.  Leaving the glacier region you’ll continue south through the stunning Haast Pass to the Southern Lakes region and the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown.

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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 34 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 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
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 Viewed 34 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.

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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 52 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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2 day Tranz Alpine and West Coast Glaciers to Queenstown

2 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

View from the top, Fox Glacier
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 1 nights
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 35 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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8 day South Island Encounter

8 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours
 New Zealand independent tour
 Motels - 7 nights
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 Viewed 36 times in the last 7 days
 

An 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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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 28 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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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 47 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 19 Day Cruise & South Island Explorer

19 days from Sydney to Christchurch

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Queenstown New Zealand
Grand Pacific Tours
 Ocean Cruise and Escorted Coach Tour
 Hotel 4 star - 18 nights
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Enjoy an incredible 19 days of cruising and New Zealand adventure with Grand Pacific. Beginning in Sydney, Australia, enjoy 14 nights sailing around Australia and New Zealand, where you'll enjoy a further 4 nights discovering the North and South Islands!

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Customer Reviews

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Rahul & Ansu Singh, A Custom 8 Day Southern Discovery, Travelled on 23rd November 2018
I had an amazing time in New Zealand. Christina did an excellent job making sure we were taken care of from the moment we arrived to when we left. Highly recommended.
Irving Lubliner & Joanne Kliejunas, Your North Island Adventure, Travelled on 4th November 2018
We were absolutely delighted with every aspect of our recent 7-day stay on the North Island, and we are especially grateful to Heather Mullett for the excellent service she provided when she worked with me to plan our trip. She was always punctual...
Margaret Gaerlan, Grand Pacific 19 Day New Zealand Showcase, Travelled on 8th November 2018
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