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New Zealand South Island Tours - over 100 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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Queenstown dining
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 261 times in the last 7 days
  • 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$1,445

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Tasting wine in Central Otago
Grand Pacific Tours - get the best deal and book your New Zealand coach tour online
  • New Zealand escorted tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 121 times in the last 7 days
  • See the South Island's highlights including the garden city, Christchurch, Mighty Mt. Cook, Lake Tekapo, the wonderful city of Dunedin, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park including a Milford Sound cruise, Queenstown, the West Coast and Franz Josef Glacier and the world famous Tranz Alpine train journey.

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NZD$3,995

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Otago Peninsula
Grand Pacific Tours - get the best deal and book your New Zealand coach tour online
  • New Zealand escorted tour
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 73 times in the last 7 days
  • The Grand Pacific 9 Day Taste of the South Island tour offers the perfect itinerary to see the best that the south has to offer. Starting and finishing in Christchurch, experience the stunning scenery of the Mackenzie country, visit Dunedin and take in the mountainous beauty of Te Anau and Milford Sound. Head to the adventure capital of Queenstown and the wild West Coast to see glacier country, before returning to Christchurch on board the TranzAlpine train.

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NZD$3,325

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Aerial view of Fox Glacier
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 89 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 TranzAlpine Scenic Train

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NZD$595

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The view towards Franz Josef glacier
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 92 times in the last 7 days
  • 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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NZD$899

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AAT Kings fun in Christchurch
AAT Kings - get the best deal and book your New Zealand coach tour online
  • New Zealand escorted tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 75 times in the last 7 days
  • Explore the Spectacular South Island on this fully escorted AAT Kings 10 day coach tour. Visit Christchurch, Mt. Cook and Dunedin before crossing Southland to Fiordland National Park, where a Milford Sound cruise and the stunning surrounding alpine regions will prove a trip highlight. Visit the West Coast glacier regions and board the TranzAlpine scenic train back across the Southern Alps to finish you tour back in Christchurch. Enjoy a great range of activities on this fantastic tour of the south including a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw steamship, a city sights tour around Dunedin, a visit to the famous Punakaiki rock formations and an incredible cruise on the Milford Sound with Real Journeys, plus much more!

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NZD$3,999

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TranzAlpine Rail Route
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 109 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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NZD$695

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Visit the Dunedin railway station
AAT Kings - get the best deal and book your New Zealand coach tour online
  • New Zealand escorted tour
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 74 times in the last 7 days
  • Explore the dramatic South Island on this 9 day escorted coach tour. Cross the Southern Alps to the wild West Coast and Franz Josef Glacier. Travel through Mt. Aspiring National Park to Queenstown, known for its exciting activities and spectacular scenery. Enjoy a cruise on the beautiful Milford Sound before crossing the rolling hills of Southland towards the quirky and architecturally exciting city of Dunedin. Through the Waitaki region and on to Mt. Cook National Park, you will see the magical high country of the Mackenzie region before returning to the garden city of Christchurch.

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NZD$2,720

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Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • New Zealand independent tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 108 times in the last 7 days
  • Enjoy the scenery of Canterbury, the Mackenzie country and Mt Cook National Park before arriving into Queenstown. Take a fully escorted day tour to Milford Sound with Real Journeys.

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NZD$1,145

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Bus in the mountains
Grand Pacific Ultimate Small Group Touring - get the best deal and book your New Zealand coach tour online
  • New Zealand small group tour
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Viewed 82 times in the last 7 days
  • Escape and enjoy New Zealand’s majestic South Island on this deluxe 10 day small group holiday. Begin your journey in the Garden City of Christchurch; marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges of Mount Cook; enjoy the Scottish heritage of Dunedin; cruise the magnificent fiord, Milford Sound; enjoy a relaxing two night stay in the year round resort town of Queenstown and witness the rugged Southern Alps of the mighty West Coast. Whether it’s your first time to New Zealand’s South Island or a repeat visit, the landscape continues to change and this comprehensive tour will allow you to sit back, relax and discover!

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NZD$5,435

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