Experience the top destinations of New Zealand’s South Island on this luxury guided tour. Your private guide will meet you at the airport and take you on an escorted tour of New Zealand, with luxury accommodation and special personalised experiences that will elevate your holiday experience to something truly incredible.

Offering New Zealand’s best escorted tours and highly experienced tour guides, we cater for groups between 1-20 people. With no date or itinerary restrictions, your luxury South Island guided tour can be fully customised.

7 Day South Island Luxury Guided Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Christchurch

Your fantastic guided holiday begins in Christchurch, New Zealand’s “Garden City.” With a thriving restaurant scene, a string of beautiful parks, and a historic town centre, Christchurch is an excellent holiday destination.

Explore Christchurch with your guide, visiting the botanic gardens, the Christchurch Cathedral, the RE:Start Container Mall, and the Canterbury Museum.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Day 2 Mount Cook + Tasman Glacier Helicopter Tour

Travel time Christchurch to Mt Cook Village – 4 hours 

Your scenic journey through the Mackenzie Basin begins today as you cross over Burkes Pass. As the Southern Alps loom before you, there will be photo opportunities around every corner.

Continue past Lake Pukaki on your way to Mt Cook Village, nestled at the foot of New Zealand’s highest mountain.

In the afternoon, explore the length of the majestic Tasman Glacier on a helicopter tour past Mt Cook, and land atop the glacier itself to experience the immense scale of this alpine paradise.

Stay 1 night in Mt Cook Village.

Day 3 Wanaka

Travel time Mt Cook Village to Wanaka – 2.5 hours 

Continue south to Wanaka, an alpine town boasting panoramic views and a relaxing atmosphere. Along the way, your guide will give you a chance to sample the fresh fruit from the orchards of Cromwell.

Explore Wanaka in the afternoon – your guide could take you to Puzzling World or Rippon Winery, or you could simply relax on the lakefront and do a bit of boutique shopping.

Stay 1 night in Wanaka.

Day 4 Te Anau + Glowworm Caves

Travel time Queenstown to Te Anau – 2.5 hours 

Enjoy the scenic drive over the Crown Range – your guide will stop along the way for photos at fantastic viewing points. Your scenic tour will continue as you make your way past Lake Wakatipu on your way to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.

In the afternoon, explore a mysterious underground world of rushing water and glittering glowworms on a tour of the Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Stay 2 nights in Te Anau.

Day 5 Milford Sound Experience

Embark on a fantastic journey to Milford Sound today. Begin with an unforgettable scenic flight past Lake Te Anau and over the famous Milford Track before landing in Milford Sound for a two-hour nature cruise. On the return joinery, travel with a small group along the stunning Milford Highway, stopping along the way for countless scenic photo opportunities and short walks.

Day 6 Queenstown + Gourmet High Country Dinner

Return past Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Visit Arrowtown with your guide in the afternoon, and explore the quaint historic mining settlement. If there are any Lord of the Rings fans in the group, your guide will show you the filming locations for Minas Tirith, Argonath, the Misty Mountains, and the Ford of Bruinen.

In the evening, relive the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a cruise aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Disembark at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a stunning gourmet BBQ meal and farm tour.

Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.

Day 7 Central Otago Boutique Wine Tour

Taste the Central Otago wine region today on a private boutique wine tour. With four winery tastings and a delightful platter lunch at Carrick Winery Restaurant, this tour will give you an exclusive look at the most prestigious vineyards of the Queenstown area.

In the evening, raise a glass to a fantastic holiday!

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

Your guide will deliver you to Queenstown Airport for your departing flight.

Highlights Include: 

  • Driving through the Mackenzie Basin, with countless photo opportunities along the way – see the craggy, snow-capped Mt Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain), drive past two stunning turquoise lakes, and witness the grandeur of the Southern Alps.

Lake Pukaki, Mackenzie Basin, South Island, New Zealand guided tours

  • Flying over the magnificent Tasman Glacier and past Aoraki/Mt Cook before landing in the snow!

Heliworks Mount Cook Helicopter Flight

  • Driving over the lofty Crown Range and stopping for sweeping views of the valley below.
  • Marvelling at the galaxy of glowworms overhead at the Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Te Anau Glowworm Caves New Zealand

  • Flying over Lake Te Anau and past the famous Milford Track on the stunning journey to Milford Sound.

Milford Sound heli tour New Zealand

  • Experiencing the grandeur of Milford Sound on an unforgettable nature cruise.

Milford Sound boat tour New Zealand

  • Staying in the vibrant mountain resort of Queenstown.

Queenstown New Zealand

  • Exploring the quaint historic mining settlement of Arrowtown.

Arrowtown Queenstown

  • Reliving the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a steamship cruise across Lake Wakatipu.

TSS Earnslaw Cruise Queenstown

  • Experiencing farm life and enjoying a gourmet dinner at Walter Peak High Country Station.

TSS Earnslaw Walter Peak Farm Queenstown

  • Tasting award-winning vintages and dining in style on a private tour of the boutique wineries in Central Otago.

Appellation Central Otago wine tours Queenstown

 

Your privately guided tour includes:

  • All transportation within New Zealand – you will be collected at the arrivals hall of Christchurch Airport and dropped off at the departures hall of Queenstown Airport
  • Excellent 5-star accommodation with breakfast
  • Private tour guide
  • Sightseeing and Photo Stops En Route
  • Aoraki / Mt Cook Paradise Scenic Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
  • Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour
  • Milford Sound Fly – Cruise – Coach Tour
  • TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise and High Country Farm Dinner
  • Private Central Otago Boutique Wine Tour

** Your privately guided tour does NOT include flights, food (except breakfast and other meals where included in activities) or travel insurance.

 

Pricing

As guide prices are split between travellers, the pricing will vary depending on the number of travellers on your tour.

1 Traveller:    NZD$16,799

2 Travellers:  NZD$9749 per adult | NZD$9199 per child

3 Travellers:  NZD$7999 per adult | NZD$7449 per child

4 Travellers:  NZD$7099 per adult | NZD$6549 per child

5 Travellers:  NZD$6549 per adult | NZD$5999 per child

6 Travellers:  NZD$6199 per adult | NZD$5749 per child

7 Travellers:  NZD$5949 per adult | NZD$5399 per child

8 Travellers:  NZD$5749 per adult | NZD$5249 per child

9 Travellers:  NZD$5749 per adult | NZD$5199 per child

10 Travellers: NZD$5649 per adult | NZD$5099 per child

11 + Travellers:  Please enquire for your custom quote