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New Zealand South Island Tours

Our New Zealand South Island tours take you to the very best parts of this stunning island.

We reckon the South Island is one of the most visually impressive places on earth.

Towering snow-capped alps, deep dark fiords, rugged coastline, beautiful lakes, and wonderful food and wine combine to make New Zealand's South Island a must see destination.

And we can honestly say that a self-drive tour is one of our favorite ways to see New Zealand's South Island.

Looking over Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook. Image courtesy mackenzienz.com

We offer you two great options with our New Zealand South Island tours

With decades of experience, our local experts know all the must see places and activities.

Option 1

Use one of our free South Island itineraries to plan your trip.

Then, using the itinerary of your choice as a guide, simply hire a car or campervan (we offer a market leading choice and great prices), and off you go on your adventure.

You can scroll down to learn more about our free South Island itineraries. Just click on the maps to view the full itinerary.

South Is.Showcase 21 Days

South Is. Highlights 15 Days

South Is. Sun & Snow 15 Days

Top of the South 10 Days

Lower South Island 10 Days

Canterbury Introduction 10 Days

Queenstown and Mt. Cook 7 Days

Queenstown and Glaciers 7 Days

Option 2

We also offer a huge range of self-drive packages. These can include your vehicle, accommodation, and even selected meals and activities.

There are dozens to choose from, but from our experience, these are usually just a starting point.

We find that most of our guests "massage" our packages and we are happy to work with you to build a bespoke package to perfectly suit your time frame, budget, and personal preferences.

To see a selection of our most popular New Zealand South Island tours, just scroll down, or click here. You can view the full itinerary, inclusions and price by clicking on the tabs within each tour.

There's also a few of our most popular New Zealand North Island tours shown, just in case you want to see both islands.

If you can't see a package that suits, no problem.

Just tell us what you need, and our local experts will be in touch shortly.


Here's a few of our wonderful South Island Hot Spots

You can see all the vital South Island information here.

But for more detailed information on each region, click here.

Here's a few of the spots that feature in our New Zealand South Island tours:

Fiordland National Park

Our twins, Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound should be on the top of your list.

Towering snow-capped peaks and steep cliffs that disappear into deep dark waters. Thundering waterfalls, unique wildlife, and some of the best scenery imaginable.

Organised tours are the best way to see Milford and Doubtful Sounds and there are a wide range available.

One of the other major attractions here is the famous Milford Track, one of our Great Walks.

It's all here in Fiordland National Park.

Magical Milford Sound.

The Tasman Region

Nelson, a bustling bayside city, is the region's main centre. Famous for it's wineries and art and cultural attractions, Nelson is also the perfect base from which to explore the region.

Wonderful bays and beaches, and of course the Abel Tasman National Park, attract visitors from around the world.

Walk the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, paddle a kayak on our pristine waters, or just laze around on our golden beaches.

For more information on the Tasman region click here.

Sailing in the Abel Tasman. Click for more details

Queenstown and the Southern Lakes

Well, what can we say. The Adventure Capital. Thrill seekers love this iconic spot. But there's so much more here than just bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating.

If you love to just sit back and chill out, taking in some of the best scenery in the world, this is the place.

Queenstown, and the equally beautiful Wanaka, should be high on your South Island bucket list.

High above Queenstown at the Stratosfare restaurant on Bob's Peak

Christchurch and the Canterbury Region

Christchurch is the South Island's largest city, and has a wonderful relaxed vibe. Filled with parks and gardens, and close to the Southern Alps, it's well worth spending a few days here if you have time.

Christchurch is the arrival/departure point for the TranzAlpine train, and has lots to see and do.

A trip to nearby Akaroa should be high on your list. This French influenced village has lots of cafes, gift shops, and is a bit of a wildlife haven, perhaps best known for the dolphin swims.

You can learn more about the region here.

Ballooning in the Canterbury region. Image courtesy Tourism New Zealand

Kaikoura, a marine wonderland

Wow! One of our regular places to spend a few days.

Perfect marine conditions create a haven for marine life, and whales, dolphins and sea lions are there in abundance.

Combine this with mind blowing scenery, and Kaikoura is a place you will want to visit time and again.

A Sperm whale off Kaikoura. Image courtesy Whale Watch Kaikoura. Click for more information.

Our Wild West Coast and Glaciers

Rugged coastlines, ancient glaciers, and friendly locals. What more could you ask for.

The drive along State Highway 6 has to be one of the best drives in New Zealand. With the ocean on one side, and the Southern Alps on the other, photo opportunities are endless.

Of course our glacier twins, Franz Josef and Fox, will leave you speechless. We highly recommend a heli flight and snow landing.

We also love the Pancake Rocks and blowhole at Punakaiki, Hokitika Gorge, and the "jade capital" Hokitika.

Find out more here.

Hikers on Franz Josef Glacier. Image courtesy Miles Holden and TNZ

We hope you are inspired enough to visit our South Island.

If you have any questions at all about our New Zealand South Island tours, please don't hesitate to ask us.

Our local tour experts are waiting to answer any questions you have.

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