South Island New Zealand Tours

South Island New Zealand Tours

The South Island, also officially named Te Waipounamu is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand in surface area, but not in population. Check out our most popular South Island New Zealand Tours below.

The South Island of New Zealand is a wonderland of natural beauty, with towering mountains, crystal-clear lakes, and lush rainforests. It’s also home to some of the world’s best skiing and snowboarding, so you can enjoy the outdoors year round!

The South Island is full of natural wonders and spectacular scenery that will leave you breathless.

There are countless ways to explore it—whether you’re keen on hiking, cycling, or just exploring on foot. And if you’re looking for a little more action? Check out our New Zealand South Island tours!

The South Island covers 150,437km2 and consists of six states: Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury, Otago and Southland. There are ten National Parks on the South Island, mostly alpine, and around 3000 glaciers located along the Southern Alps that run North to South. There are also four extinct volcanoes and fifteen fiords including the World-renowned Milford and Doubtful Sounds, all located in the southwest of the island in a mountainous area known as Fiordland.

Explore iconic NZ with these New Zealand South Island tours. From Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park to Franz & Fox Glacier. Wanaka, Queenstown, Milford, and Doubtful Sounds, Dunedin, Stewart Island, Mt Cook National Park, Christchurch, and Akaroa we have a New Zealand South Island tour that suits you.

Check out our New Zealand South Island bus tours.

New Zealand South Island Tour on a Budget

Our best South Island guided trips if you are a backpacker or on a budget:

9 Day South Island 

9 Day Adventure Tour

Premium Coach New Zealand South Island Tour

If you would love a luxury coach tour around New Zealand or are over 50 this South Island tour would be perfect for you:

9 Day Southern Dream

New Zealand South Island Cycle Tour

If you fancy Cycling, hiking, and camping in NZ this tour is for you.

9 Day Southern Light New Zealand Tour

The South Island of New Zealand is a wild land of glaciers, rainforests, and rolling hills. Take a NZ South Island tour package today.

Guided Tours South Island New Zealand

Taking a guided tour of the South Island of New Zealand is a great way to experience all the natural wonders and spectacular scenery that the island has to offer.

With experienced guides leading the way, you’ll get a deeper understanding of the local culture, history, and environment. They can also share their insider knowledge and tips on the best places to visit, the best time to go, and the best way to get there.

Guided tours are an especially good option for solo travelers, who can join a small group of like-minded people and make new friends along the way.

Whether you’re interested in hiking, cycling, wildlife watching, or just soaking up the stunning views, a guided tour is the perfect way to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the South Island of New Zealand.

See it all on our South Island tours.

  • girl standing looking at Milford Sound. Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand, By Will Patino
    1 Day Milford Sound Tour from QueenstownYou’ll be awestruck by the beautiful Milford Sound on this day tour from Queenstown.
    Trip Styles:Budget

    You’ll be awestruck by the beautiful Milford Sound on this day tour from Queenstown.

  • Kayak at Split Apple Rock, Abel Tasman, New Zealand, Fraser Clements
    10 Day North and South Island TourExplore New Zealand, spend time in geothermal hotpots in the North Island, sip wine in an acclaimed New Zealand vineyard and explore the glorious top of the South Island.
    Trip Styles:Comfort

    Explore New Zealand, spend time in geothermal hotpots in the North Island, sip wine in an acclaimed New Zealand vineyard and explore the glorious top of the South Island.

  • Hiking on tour in New Zealand on our small group tour
    11 Day Auckland to Christchurch TourTour Auckland to Christchurch on a short time frame, including the world's best scenic train ride - TranzAlpine.
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Tour Auckland to Christchurch on a short time frame, including the world’s best scenic train ride – TranzAlpine.

  • Lake Pukaki, Stray Tours New Zealand Credit Elin Owen
    11 Day South Island tourJoin us on our full south Island adventure loop, get off the beaten track to find the best locations in the south!
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Join us on our full south Island adventure loop, get off the beaten track to find the best locations in the south!

  • Mt Cook National Park, Group Tours New Zealand, Flying Kiwi
    15 Day Grand Traverse New Zealand TourAuckland to Queenstown adventure tour where you can cycle sections of the New Zealand Cycle trail, Camp out by beaches and lakes, and Hike the amazing Routeburn Track and Tongariro Crossing!
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Auckland to Queenstown adventure tour where you can cycle sections of the New Zealand Cycle trail, Camp out by beaches and lakes, and Hike the amazing Routeburn Track and Tongariro Crossing!

  • Walkers at Awaroa Print Res, Flying Kiwi Tours in New Zealand
    15 Day Summer Blast New Zealand TourIf you’re looking for a New Zealand Adventure to remember then look no further! Experience the variety of the South Island on this amazing camping tour.
    Trip Styles:Budget

    If you’re looking for a New Zealand Adventure to remember then look no further! Experience the variety of the South Island on this amazing camping tour.

  • Shotover River, Queenstown, New Zealand, werner-sevenster. New Zealand Tour
    16 Day Ultimate New Zealand TourTravel Auckland to Christchurch on our luxury coach tour which includes the Tranzalpine train crossing.

    Travel Auckland to Christchurch on our luxury coach tour which includes the Tranzalpine train crossing.

  • Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Pools, Intro Travel, New Zealand Adventure Tour
    17 Day New Zealand Adventure TourTake a tour that's out of this world! This adventure will take you through untouched wilderness and show you the stunning beauty of both islands.
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Take a tour that’s out of this world! This adventure will take you through untouched wilderness and show you the stunning beauty of both islands.

  • Huka Falls on Waikato River, New Zealand
    17 Day New Zealand IntroReady to escape the mundane and embark on the adventure of a lifetime? Let's turn your travel dream into a reality.
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Ready to escape the mundane and embark on the adventure of a lifetime? Let’s turn your travel dream into a reality.

  • Stunning views of the National Park/ Abel Tasman, Stray New Zealand.
    18 Day Complete New Zealand TourHike some of New Zealand's best tracks, kayak at sunrise, taste a delicious traditional hangi meal, bathe in a hot thermal stream surrounded by native bush, explore national parks, party in Queenstown and stargaze in an International Dark Sky Reserve.
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Hike some of New Zealand’s best tracks, kayak at sunrise, taste a delicious traditional hangi meal, bathe in a hot thermal stream surrounded by native bush, explore national parks, party in Queenstown and stargaze in an International Dark Sky Reserve.

  • Having a drink at the campfire. New Zealand. Small group tours Adventures in New Zealand
    23 Day Total Aotearoa TourOur New Zealand adventure trip is designed for adventurers everywhere. Wanting to get out into the great outdoors?
    Trip Styles:Budget

    Our New Zealand adventure trip is designed for adventurers everywhere. Wanting to get out into the great outdoors?

  • Wanaka Tree, Intro Travel tour, New Zealand
    9 Day Adventure South Island TourFrom Queenstown to Milford Sound, giant glaciers to glimmering lakes. Sip cocktails at Lake Tekapo and watch the stars from natural thermal pools. Cruise through the mountains and jet boat in canyons. We want you to experience all of this on our 9-day ...
    Trip Styles:Budget

    From Queenstown to Milford Sound, giant glaciers to glimmering lakes. Sip cocktails at Lake Tekapo and watch the stars from natural thermal pools. Cruise through the mountains and jet boat in canyons. We want you to experience all of this on our 9-day small group adventure!

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