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South Island 4 to 6 day itineraries

We have hundreds of New Zealand coach & bus tours to choose from. Take a look at our 4 to 6 day travel ideas below and if you want any alterations made then just get in touch with the team and we can customise it to suit you.

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Milford Sound New Zealand
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  • Enjoy 5 days exploring New Zealand's South Island with this excellent independent coach touring itinerary. Journey from Christchurch in a loop around the South Island, visiting all the must see destinations and enjoying a selection of exciting activities along the way. Cruise through Milford Sound with Real Journeys, visit the spectacular Mt. Cook National Park, explore the West Coast glacier region, and travel through the Southern Alps on the stunning TranzAlpine scenic train route.

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NZD$1,495

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Take a tour of Tasman Glacier Lake with Glacier Explorers
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  • This 5 day tour is great for people who wish to experience as much as they can as they journey from Christchurch to Queenstown. Along the way you will explore Mt Cook National Park, before continuing on to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world, for a few days of relaxation or exhilaration - you decide!

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NZD$1,164

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Autumn Colours, Central Otago
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  • New Zealand independent tour
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  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 21 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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NZD$1,395

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Exploring Fox Glacier
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  • New Zealand independent tour
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  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 13 times in the last 7 days
  • Experience Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound and the Glaciers on this 6-day itinerary. Includes the Speights Brewery Tour, a Milford Sound day tour including a 2 1/2 hour nature cruise and the famous Tranz Alpine train.

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NZD$1,575

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Christchurch botanic gardens
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  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 12 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 TranzAlpine Scenic Train journey and the Milford Sound Nature Cruise.

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NZD$2,055

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Landscape of Arthurs Pass
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  • New Zealand independent tour
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  • Viewed 21 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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NZD$1,463

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TSS Earnslaw Cruising Lake Wakatipu
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  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 17 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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NZD$1,839

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The Milky Way sparking over the Church of the Good Shepherd
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  • New Zealand independent tour
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  • Viewed 11 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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NZD$1,253

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An aerial view over a Milford Sound cruising ship
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  • New Zealand independent tour
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  • Viewed 8 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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NZD$1,501

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Dunedin's Historic Railway Station
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  • Viewed 12 times in the last 7 days
  • This 5 day highlights tour includes Dunedin, Milford Sound including a cruise plus time in wonderful Queenstown before returning to Christchurch via Mt Cook National Park.

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NZD$1,172

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