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07 Day Escorted Tours South Island New Zealand

Tour Highlights

 Private Tour Guide/Driver & Vehicle
 4* Accommodation 7 Nights, 8 Days Touring
 Included South Island Tours: Mount Cook Alpine Movie Theatre Queenstown Cruise, Dinner & Farm Tour Milford Sound Cruise Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight Tranz Alpine Train

Experience the best of New Zealand on escorted tours of the South Island. We offer the best flexible New Zealand escorted tours with no date or itinerary restrictions.

See the highlights with a private guide on escorted tours of the South Island of New Zealand. Each tour is all-inclusive and fully customisable.

7 Day South Island Guided Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Christchurch

Your fantastic guided South Island 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 Riverside Farmers Market, the Cardboard Cathedral and the Canterbury Museum.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Day 2 Mount Cook + Tasman Glacier + Alpine Movie Theatre

Travel time Christchurch to Mt Cook Village – 4 hours 

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Mount Cook

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. Your guide will take you to a viewpoint over Tasman Glacier, lying at the base of the spectacular Tasman Valley.

In the evening, visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre to view the displays and watch any of a wide offering of films and planetarium shows in New Zealand.

Stay 1 night in Mt Cook Village.

Day 3 Queenstown New Zealand + Steamship Cruise, Dinner & Farm Tour

Travel time Mt Cook Village to Queenstown – 3 hours 

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Steamship Cruise, Dinner & Farm Tour

Continue south to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Along the way, your guide will take you to sample the fresh fruit from the orchards of Cromwell. You also have the option to visit several top wineries on the drive through the Kawarau Gorge.

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 4 Queenstown To Milford Sound Cruise

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Milford Sound Cruise

Embark on a scenic coach journey to Milford Sound, known as the “eighth wonder of the world.” As you venture deep into the heart of Fiordland National Park, you will get the chance to stop and view a number of must-see destinations along the way.

Upon reaching Milford Sound you will enjoy a 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise. With specialist nature guides on board, offering a close-up experience of Milford Sound’s rainforest, soaring rock walls, towering snow capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, hanging valleys and wildlife… words just don’t do it justice, you have to see it for yourself! Throughout the cruise, the guides share stories of the fiord’s history and are happy to answer your questions.

Day 5 Wanaka

Travel time Queenstown to Wanaka – 1 hour 

Enjoy the scenic drive over the Crown Range to Wanaka – your guide will stop along the way for photos at fantastic viewing points.

Explore the alpine town of 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 6 Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight

Travel time Wanaka to Franz Josef – 4 hours 

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Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter

After the Milford Highway, the Haast Pass Highway is one of the most scenic alpine routes in New Zealand. Explore the pass with your guide, stopping to view cascading waterfalls, broad alpine meadows, craggy snowcapped mountains, and the turquoise depths of the Blue Pools.

Continuing along the West Coast, your guide will take you to Lake Matheson, where you can take a 20 minute walk (one-way) to the jetty, to admire the reflected views of the Southern Alps on the surface of the lake.

In the afternoon, take an unforgettable helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier, where you will land in the snow to enjoy incredible views of the majestic Southern Alps.

Stay 1 night in Franz Josef.

Day 7 TranzAlpine New Zealand Train

Travel time Franz Josef to Greymouth – 2.5 hours 

Train travel time Greymouth to Christchurch – 4.5 hours 

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Tranzalpine Train

Leave the rugged West Coast behind today as you board the TranzAlpine Train for a fantastic journey through Arthurs Pass. Travel past the soaring peaks and braided rivers of the Southern Alps, through the gorges of the Waimakariri River, and past the rolling Canterbury Plains.

Your guide will meet you at the train station and bring you to your accommodation.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Day 8 Depart Christchurch

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



As our Guided Tour prices are split between travellers, pricing will vary depending on the number of travellers on the tour. Please make a tour enquiry to receive your personal quote.

11 + Travellers: Please enquire for your custom quote
10 Travellers: NZD$3599 per adult | NZD$3099 per child
9 Travellers: NZD$3699 per adult | NZD$3249 per child
8 Travellers: NZD$3799 per adult | NZD$3349 per child
7 Travellers: NZD$3999 per adult | NZD$3599 per child
6 Travellers: NZD$4299 per adult | NZD$3899 per child
5 Travellers: NZD$4749 per adult | NZD$4299 per child
4 Travellers: NZD$5349 per adult | NZD$4899 per child
3 Travellers: NZD$6399 per adult | NZD$5949 per child
2 Travellers: NZD$8499 per adult | NZD$7999 per child
1 Traveller: NZD$15,699

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