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New Zealand South Island Tours - Self drive, bus & coach

Explore iconic NZ with these New Zealand South Island tours. From Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park to Franz & Fox Glacier. Wanaka, Queenstown, Milford & Doubtful Sounds, Dunedin, Stewart Island, Mt Cook National Park, Christchurch, Akaroa and Kaikoura we have a New Zealand South Island tour that suits you. Our range of New Zealand South Island Tours can be customised to suit you perfectly. with hundreds of accommodation and activity options we can tailor-make the perfect South Island itinerary.

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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.

  • Viewed 161 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$1,834

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Stroll with the sheep on the Otago Peninsular, Dunedin
  • South Island Self Drive
  • Motels
  • From Christchurch this tour takes you along the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mt. Cook National Park. It’s then onto Dunedin where you have a whole day to discover the unique wildlife of the Otago Peninsula.  Continue south to Te Anau and Milford Sound for you Real Journeys Nature Cruise, then to the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown where you have time to enjoy the countless activities on offer here and explore the natural beauty of the region. On your return to Christchurch you journey up the West Coast, with the highlight being the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers which you can experience during a heli-hike or scenic flight if you choose.  You’ll return to Christchurch aboard the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.

  • Viewed 58 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$2,447

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Travelling on the Taieri Gorge railway
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  • Independent tour (bus & coach)
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Spoil yourself with a trip to a beautiful fiord, stunning glacier and finish with one of the best scenic rail routes of New Zealand's South Island.

  • Viewed 319 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$1,805

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Christchurch botanic gardens
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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.

  • Viewed 302 times in the last 7 days
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Was NZD$2,130

Now NZD$2,055

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Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo
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  • Independent tour (bus & coach)
  • Motels
  • 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 176 times in the last 7 days
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Was NZD$2,179

Now NZD$2,079

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Thunder Creek Falls, Haast Pass
  • South Island Self Drive
  • Motels
  • You’ll begin this journey with magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean as you travel south from Christchurch.  In Dunedin there’s time to explore the Otago Peninsula with its abundant wildlife, then you’ll follow the Catlins coastline to the bottom of the South Island.  On the western side of the island highlights include a nature cruise on the famous Milford Sound, the spectacular West Coast Road edging the Tasman Sea and the remarkable Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.  The top of the South Island brings the calm aqua waters of Abel Tasman National Park and the Marlborough Sounds before you return to the Pacific Ocean.

  • Viewed 52 times in the last 7 days
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Was NZD$2,509

Now NZD$2,368

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Evening Sky Reflections - Milford Sound
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  • Independent tour (bus & coach)
  • Hotel 4 star
  • 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.

  • Viewed 207 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$1,592

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watch Penguins and Sea Lions at Sandfly Bay, Dunedin
  • 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.

  • Viewed 41 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$1,507

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Dunedin by Night
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  • Independent tour (bus & coach)
  • Motels
  • This 4 day tour includes a visit to Dunedin, a day tour to Milford Sound and Queenstown to Mt Cook to Christchurch with Great Sights coaches.

  • Viewed 236 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$1,058

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  • South Island Self Drive
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Explore Wanaka and the West Coast Glaciers before taking the Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch.

  • Viewed 54 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$594

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