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South Island Tours & Holidays

New Zealand's South Island has alpine delights and natural wonders.

From hiking on glaciers to kayaking with dolphins, you can enjoy a range of active experiences while you’re surrounded by some of the most beautiful places in New Zealand’s South Island. If you’re looking for the perfect South Island itinerary, you’ve come to the right place. A New Zealand South Island tour promises breathtaking scenery, heart-pumping adrenaline activities, fascinating cultural experiences, and some of the best food and wine on the planet. If you're having trouble figuring out whether you should explore the South Island or the North Island of New Zealand, you simply have to look at all the fun experiences to be had, from overnight scenic cruises to cultural exchanges and exciting adventure tours. From sampling the region’s famous wine near Queenstown to sleeping on Milford Sound and observing the famous kiwi bird in Christchurch, there are plenty of great things to do in New Zealand’s South Island.

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South Island tour reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 188 reviews submitted.
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Active New Zealand: Wanaka

Ari-Pekka · Traveled March 2024
I was lucky to be part of small group, me and 2 ladies (hey Ivy & Georgia). Intrepid host Grant was incredible. He had very good knowledge of nature and New Zealand. He also had excellent connections which he used to make our trip better. He for example arranged paraflight to ladies with his connections, which wasn't part of the trip. He certainly didn't watch his clock, if someone of us wanted to do something extra in the end of day he would arrange it. Our wellbeing was important to him. To top of that he has great personality & great sense of humour.
Review submitted 27 Mar 2024

New Zealand Amplified (Northbound)

Carla · Traveled March 2024
This was such an incredible trip, I only wish I had booked on to a longer tour! The range of activities was excellent, so you could be as extremely adventurous or as slightly adventurous as you wanted. From day one our guide Connor was friendly, organised and knowledgeable. To be shown such an amazing country by someone who is clearly passionate about his home and engaged with more responsible tourism made for a trip I will never forget!
Review submitted 26 Mar 2024

New Zealand West Coast Adventure

Tracey · Traveled March 2024
Review submitted 15 Mar 2024

New Zealand West Coast Adventure

Nathalie · Traveled March 2024
The itinerary description is bare bones and I wish they would provide more detail about each day and the time each activity would take. Of course all things are flexible but providing a general range would be useful when determining whether to take this trip or not. It would also allow those that do to make the most of it.
Review submitted 21 Mar 2024

New Zealand’s South Island in Depth

Ruth · Traveled March 2024
I would like to say that our guide, Adam Kamana, was outstanding and worked hard to ensure the trip was a success. Nothing was too much trouble. He made sure everyone was included. His sense of fun helped to build an excellent team spirit amongst the group, and he was constantly organising and checking that everyone’s needs were met in a very thoughtful way.
Review submitted 21 Mar 2024

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