South Island Tours

Discover the stunning landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island. Explore majestic snow capped mountains, deep fiords, immense glaciers and sparkling lakes. Experience world renowned wineries, heart stopping adventure sports and the purest air imaginable. Indulge your senses on one of our 37 South Island coach tours and small group adventures, and if time permits venture further and explore all of New Zealand.

Top Selling South Island Tours

9 Days Christchurch to Christchurch
Operated By: AAT Kings
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$2,497
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$393
10 Days Christchurch to Christchurch
Operated By: Kirra
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$3,771
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$391
9 Days Christchurch to Christchurch
Operated By: AAT Kings
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$3,064
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$161
9 Days Christchurch to Christchurch
Operated By: Contiki
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$1,673
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$54
10 Days Christchurch to Wellington
Operated By: Contiki
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$1,964
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$63
10 Days Wellington to Christchurch
Operated By: Contiki
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$1,964
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$63
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Must do experiences and highlights on New Zealand's South Island

Queenstown from the Water
Queenstown from the Water
Set off across Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship, TSS Earnslaw, taking in the alpine scenery and soaring peaks that frame the shores of this serene lake.
Heli-Hike on Franz Josef
Heli-Hike on Franz Josef
Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over this icy wonderland coupled with a guided walk on Franz Joseph, discovering frozen caves and pillars of glacial ice.
Explore Mt Cook National Park
Explore Mt Cook National Park
Travel through this stunning alpine landscape home to permanent snow fields, opaque lakes and towering peaks, crowned by Mt Cook at 3,724m (12,217ft).
Ride the TranzAlpine
Ride the TranzAlpine
Cross the Canterbury Plains and climb into the Southern Alps on this breathtaking rail journey. Watch from the outdoor viewing carriage as glistening rivers carve their way through the dramatic landscape.
Cruise Milford Sound
Cruise Milford Sound
Discover the tranquil waters, soaring granite peaks and snow capped mountains of Fiordland National Park. Set off on a cruise to marvel at the tumbling waterfalls and lush vegetation visible through the mist.

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Recent Reviews

What our clients are saying about their journeys through New Zealand's South Island


“Thoroughly enjoyable taste of the South Island”
Sharyn & Sam - SA, Australia May 2019
Thoroughly enjoyable tour. Tour guide Peter organised us really well, everyone was on time for early morning departures and back on the coach at prearranged times when we stopped to see the sights. Our coach driver Peter was excellent, did an amazing job around all those windy roads! He was a local and had great knowledge of the South Island and pointed out the sights as we travelled. No hesitation in recommending Grand Pacific Tours.

“Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour”
Chris - WA, Australia Apr 2019
Marg and I had a ball, would definitely recommend booking with Global Journeys and touring with Grand Pacific. Tony the tour guide was great as were both coach drivers we had for the tour. We were very happy with the standard of accommodation and food provided whilst on tour. Highlight of the tour without doubt was the Air Show. We definitely got our monies worth thanks again Grand Pacific and Global Journeys.

“Wonderful South Island tour”
Sandra - QLD, Australia Apr 2019
We had a terrific time but unfortunately we’re unable to see Franz Josef glacier due to road being taken out by heavy rain. Our fellow bus travellers were lovely and mostly Australian. Some were from the UK and the States. Absolutely beautiful scenery, great accommodation and meals. Would travel with AAT Kings again. Our tour guide was Tania Simpson, who has won the award for being the best tour guide with AAT Kings multiple times.

“NZ South Island Spectacular”
Jean & Margaret - VIC, Australia Apr 2019
Enjoyed the tour. Grand Pacific looked after us well, hotels and meals were great and enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers. NZ South Island is spectacular.

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Your guide to travelling through the South Island of New Zealand

13 September, 2018
Natasha’s Highlights of NZ’s South Island with Kirra Tours

For a small country New Zealand has a big personality and so much to offer in terms of scenery and experiences. I’ve always been a fan and have visited a few times before, however, my ‘must-see’ list continually gets longer rather than smaller. I was recently lucky enough to cross another..

12 September, 2018
Natasha Rides the TranzAlpine with Kirra Tours

I have wanted to try out New Zealand’s TranzAlpine railway between Christchurch and Greymouth for years. Everyone who has taken the journey through the Canterbury Plains and the stunning Southern Alps has raved about it, so it had cemented its place on my ‘must-do’ list a while ago. Lucky for..

29 August, 2018
Madeline’s 8 Day South Island Vista with Kirra

When the chance to fulfil a bucket list destination of mine arose, of course I jumped at the opportunity! Along with some other lucky travellers, I took part in an 8-day itinerary, which has since been enhanced by Kirra to what is now the 10 Day TranzAlpine Panorama.Now if you’ve read my..