Travel through New Zealand's phenomenal South Island

Discover the spectacular South Island of New Zealand on this 10-day trip. From Christchurch, travel through the Canterbury Plains to Te Anau with its breathtaking views of Mt Cook. See gushing waterfalls - and perhaps even dolphins, seals and penguins - on a cruise through the majestic Milford Sound. Trek on the sprawling Fox Glacier and thrillseekers will delight in Queenstown's impressive list of outdoor activities. Those seeking a slower pace with enjoy exploring the wild West Coast on the way to arty Nelson. With adventure, incredible scenery and plenty of opportunities to sample the region's world-famous wines, the diversity of this South Island tour will provide something for everyone.

Christchurch, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 1
Group size
Min 4, Max 14
Carbon offset
132kg pp per trip


  • Admire spectacular vistas of Mt Cook
  • Relax by gorgeous Lake Te Anau
  • Try to spot dolphins, seals and penguins on a cruise in Milford Sound
  • Travel along dramatic scenic coastline
  • Enjoy high country hospitality in Queenstown
  • Trek the magnificent Fox Glacier
  • Visit the quirky Pancake Rocks
  • Explore the scenic Abel Tasman National Park
  • Sample some of New Zealand's world-famous wines


Arrive in Christchurch, where the Total South Island experience begins. Travel through the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo then continue to spectacular Lake Pukaki. Stay overnight on the shores of picturesque Lake Ohau, which boasts breathtaking vistas of Mt Cook.
Take time out in this pretty little town situated on the shores of Lake Te Anau - New Zealand's second largest lake. Enjoy a spot of hiking amid the surrounding wilderness or simply relax by the water.
Travel through Fiordland National Park to magnificent Milford Sound for an unforgettable boat tour. Pass sheer cliffs, gushing waterfalls and perhaps even spot dolphins, seals and penguins before continuing to Queenstown. Resting in the shadows of New Zealand's majestic Southern Alps, this alpine town is a haven for travellers and boasts an abundance of things to do. For the adventurous, skiing, hiking, jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, mountain biking and fishing are all on offer in Queenstown. Those seeking a more relaxed pace will delight in nearby forest walks and wineries. Enjoy high country hospitality during a cruise on Lake Wakatipu and take a scenic drive past Lake Wanaka and through Haast Pass to spend a night at Lake Matheson.
Head south along the spectacular coast to Fox Glacier. Hike through temperate rainforest then step into crampons to traverse the glacier's crevasses and ice ridges. Stay overnight by the ocean in Punakaiki, nestled into the foothills of the Paparoa National Park.
Be impressed by blowholes and the curious Pancake Rocks on a morning exploration of the wild West Coast area. Travel past vast, blue lakes to Nelson, the South Island's second largest city, known for its wineries, breweries and its energetic local artistic community.
Enjoy free time to explore one of New Zealand's most beautiful regions. Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden beaches and sculptured granite cliffs. Perhaps take a guided sea kayak, hit a walking trail, shop for arts and crafts or sample the area's world-famous wines.
Journey across Cook Strait, through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds, to finish the adventure in Wellington.
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9 breakfasts4 dinners
Ferry, Minivan
Hotel (9 nights)
Included activities
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Fox Glacier hike
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Nelson Lakes National Park
  • Queenstown - Skyline Gondola
  • TSS Earnslaw Cruise & High country show


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Important notes

This trip starts at 7:45am on day 1 and finishes in the evening on day 10. Please consider this when bookings any flights and accommodation.

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