South Island & Christchurch Touring

SOUTH ISLAND & CHRISTCHURCH TOURING

You need only cast a glance across a landscape of rolling valleys, alpine peaks and shimmering lakes to appreciate exactly why New Zealand's South Island is regarded as one of the world's most extraordinary tour destinations.

Sparser than the North Island, New Zealand's South Island is spectacularly beautiful canvas, where mountains, glaciers, sounds and lakes paint an unforgettably picturesque scene.

Book a Travelbag tour and you the chance to discover this effortlessly majestic land, where you have the opportunity to cruise peacefully through Milford Sound, raise the pulse in vibrant Queenstown and traverse the incredible Southern Alps.

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Embark on an independent tour, an escorted tour or a small group tour with Travelbag and receive a wide range of itineraries that cover the finest highlights of the south island. Even better, why not combine your New Zealand South Island tour with a New Zealand North Island tour for the ultimate New Zealand tour experience?

The South Island is resplendent with spectacular vistas to take your breath away and this is no more apparent than on the iconic TranzAlpine railway, which traverses a 139 mile route across the Southern Alps, carving through incredible virgin between Christchurch in the east and Greymouth in the west.

It's an experience matched only perhaps by discovering the glorious Fiordland National Park on the south-western peninsula. Made up of fiords forged from glaciers, Fiordland National Park is best viewed by water or by foot on one of the many walking trails. For a real sensory treat, however, Milford Sound fiord, once regarded as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, is considered possibly New Zealand's finest angle with its stunning waterfalls and cliffs.

Famed as the spiritual home of the "Bungee Jump;, Queenstown has established itself as a mecca for those with an adventurous streak, the copious chances to sky-dive, mountain bike and of course bungee jump luring revellers from around the world. For those who prefer to take things a little easier, Queenstown's spectacular surrounding scenery makes it worth a prolonged stay regardless.

Inspired by its colonial past, the quaint English-influenced destination of Christchurch on the north-eastern side of the South Island offers the perfect setting for a spot of respite whether you're punting on the River Avon or strolling the countless gardens in and around the city.

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8 Day Southern Escape
8 Day Southern Escape
8 days/7 nights
Escorted Tours
For those who enjoy the company of like-minded travellers, an escorted tour is a great way to see all the major sights, or discover a path less well trodden. From the comfort of a larger air-conditioned coach, and with the help of an expert local guide you'll learn about your destination in a safe and fun environment. With many of your meals also included, you're free to sit back and enjoy your holiday without having to worry about a thing.
15 Day Full South Island
15 Day Full South Island
15 days/14 nights
Small Group Touring
If you like the convenience of an escorted tour but want something a little more intimate, consider a small group tour. Travelling by 4WD or bus in a maximum group size of 16 (it's usually less), you'll enjoy a holiday that's filled with unique experiences. With the help of an expert local guide and/or driver, you'll learn all about your destination from someone who knows about it and is genuinely passionate about it.
9 Day Southern Tourer
9 Day Southern Tourer
9 days/8 nights
Escorted Tours
For those who enjoy the company of like-minded travellers, an escorted tour is a great way to see all the major sights, or discover a path less well trodden. From the comfort of a larger air-conditioned coach, and with the help of an expert local guide you'll learn about your destination in a safe and fun environment. With many of your meals also included, you're free to sit back and enjoy your holiday without having to worry about a thing.
15 Day New Zealand Getaway
15 Day New Zealand Getaway
15 days/14 nights
Escorted Tours
For those who enjoy the company of like-minded travellers, an escorted tour is a great way to see all the major sights, or discover a path less well trodden. From the comfort of a larger air-conditioned coach, and with the help of an expert local guide you'll learn about your destination in a safe and fun environment. With many of your meals also included, you're free to sit back and enjoy your holiday without having to worry about a thing.
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Highlights

Blessed with epic landscapes to leave you speechless and full of activities to get the heart pumping, a New Zealand South Island tour will stimulate the senses like no other holiday destination.

Wherever you go, New Zealand’s South Island is resplendent with simply awe-inspiring scenery, whether you are crossing the Southern Alps on the iconic TranzAlpine railway, gazing into the opening of Milford Sound or standing atop one of Queenstown’s marvellous peaks.

Book your New Zealand South Island tour with Travelbag and you will be treated to a varied choice of itineraries to suit your preferences and budget, whether you prefer an independent tour, an escorted tour led by our friendly guides or an intimate small group tour with a friend or loved one.

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Key Highlights of New Zealand

  • Crossing the magnificent Southern Alps
  • Cruising through the awe-inspiring Milford Sound
  • Getting adventurous in Queenstown
  • Relaxing in pretty Christchurch
  • Admiring the vistas across Franz Josef Glacier
  • Exploring Scottish-inspired Dunedin

For more information about Travelbag’s excellent range of New Zealand South Island tours, call 0871 703 4698 Costs 13p/min + network extras to chat with one of our knowledgeable travel experts about creating the perfect New Zealand holiday for you.p>

Top 10 Things to do

1. Cruise through Milford Sound
Cruise peacefully through the glassy waters of Milford Sound’s vast and glorious fjords, forests, mountains and waterfalls.
2. Cross ‘Middle Earth’
Take the scenic TranzAlpine Express across New Zealand’s majestic Southern Alps, often regarded as the world’s most picturesque train route
3. Take a shot of adrenaline
Raise the pulse by partaking in an exhilarating Travelbag tour activity in New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital of the world’, Queenstown.
4. Marvel at Franz Josef Glacier
Descending from the peaks of the Southern Alps, the icy cascades of Franz Josef Glacier produce a spectacular natural marvel.
5. Explore charming Christchurch
Take a punt across the peaceful River Avon or stroll amongst the many parks, the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch bears more than a passing resemblance to Cambridge.
6. Traverse Haast Pass
Be transfixed by more of New Zealand’s epic scenery by crossing Haast Pass on your way towards Queenstown.
7. Gaze across Lake Te Anau
The largest of its kind on New Zealand’s South Island, Lake Te Anau’s high density of local wildlife makes it a popular draw for those with an interest in nature.
8. Ponder the mysterious Moeraki Boulders
Located on New Zealand’s south east coast, the Moeraki Boulders are unusual – and enigmatic - spherical boulders scattered across the beach at Moeraki.
9. Admire Australasia’s largest mountain range
Enjoy the splendid views across the snow-capped peaks of Mount Cook National Park, the largest mountain range in Australasia.
10. Discover quaint Dunedin
Explore the quaint town of Dunedin, where its unique Scottish roots make it a particularly interesting stop on a New Zealand tour.

SOUTH ISLAND & CHRISTCHURCH - PLACES TO SEE

Queenstown
QueenstownRegarded as the birthplace for the ‘bungee jump’, Queenstown has built on that reputation and now attracts adventurous revellers from across the world.
Southern Alps
Southern AlpsProviding a spectacular backdrop to New Zealand’s picturesque south island, the snow-capped Southern Alps are a source of beauty and adventure.
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