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5 to 9 day holiday itineraries

Explore our popular 5 to 9 day self drive, independent and coach holiday ideas. New Zealand's South Island has it all from beautiful Fiordlands, Milford Sound, West Coast Glaciers and the famous Queenstown. On this South Island holiday discover all of the highlights and ask our specialised travel agents for their favourite places and hidden secret spots! Remember, we are also able to customise your itinerary to perfectly suit your needs. Just get in touch with one of our specialists to start planning your Discover New Zealand experience.

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  • South Island Self Drive
  • Motels
  • This 9 day scenic route will give you a wonderful introduction to the natural wonders of the South Island. Visit its two largest cities of Christchurch and Dunedin, Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook National Park and Milford Sound. Then Queenstown's excitement and adventure before heading north to the unique West Coast Glacier region. Finally cross the Southern Alps on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train back to Christchurch. A fitting end to your  South Island holiday.

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NZD$1,834

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  • Independent tour (bus & coach)
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Spoil yourself with a New Zealand tour to a beautiful fiord, stunning glacier and finish with one of the best scenic rail routes of New Zealand's South Island. This vacation really is fantastic if you want to see some unique highlights in a short time frame. Contact us if you wish to alter this plan - we can design your holiday specifically for your needs!

  • Viewed 234 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$1,805

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  • Independent tour (bus & coach)
  • Hotel 4 star
  • 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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Was NZD$2,130

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  • Independent tour (bus & coach)
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  • 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.

  • Viewed 64 times in the last 7 days
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Was NZD$2,179

Now NZD$2,079

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  • Independent tour (bus & coach)
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  • Enjoy 5 days exploring New Zealand's South Island with this excellent independent touring itinerary. Journey from Christchurch in a loop around the South Island. Cruise through Milford Sound, visit Mt. Cook National Park, explore the West Coast glaciers, and travel on the TranzAlpine scenic train.

  • Viewed 93 times in the last 7 days
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Was NZD$1,595

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  • Independent tour (bus & coach)
  • Hotel 4 star
  • 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.

  • Viewed 69 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$2,745

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  • South Island Self Drive
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Starting in Christchurch, travelling into Mackenzie county to Mt Cook. From Mt Cook journey south via Queenstown to Te Anau.  From Te Anau you can take the day to drive the return trip along the stunning Milford Road to reach Milford sound, where you will take a scenic nature cruise. Next day you will travel through Southland to Otago, stopping in Dunedin before heading back to Christchurch.

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NZD$1,507

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  • 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.

  • Viewed 107 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$1,825

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Thrifty Tours - NZ daily departures
  • Independent tour (bus & coach)
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Explore the South Island on this popular 9 day itinerary. Highlights include a night in Mt Cook National Park, Dunedin, Te Anau including a Milford Sound cruise, free time in Queenstown, an evening cruise on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak station for dinner, the West Coast and Franz Josef Glacier plus the Tranz Alpine Train journey from Greymouth to Christchurch.

  • Viewed 36 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$3,002

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  • Escorted coach tour
  • Hotel 3 star
  • The 9 day Southern Spotlight tour explores the wonderful scenery of the South Island. The city of Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook, Dunedin, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier and you take the world famous TranzAlpine train from Arthurs Pass to Christchurch. With lots of opportunities to enjoy the many great optional tours and activities this is the ideal tour for those wishing to see the best of the South Island at a relaxing pace.

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Was NZD$3,495

Now NZD$3,086

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