South Island Tours

Explore some of the purest natural landscapes you’ll ever experience on one of our South Island tours.

Some of the country’s most spectacular scenery fills the South Island; from the golden beaches of Abel Tasman to glacial valleys and star-filled skies, the South Island offers adventure in all its forms.

Tuesday 27 October 2020 – Tuesday 03 November 2020 ~ Wild West Coast (8 Days)

Journey with us to the West Coast, or ‘the Coast’ as locals call it. The Coast offers some of New Zealand’s most ruggedly beautiful scenery. Only 70km at its widest point but 600km long, it is a wild place of rivers, rainforests, glaciers and hidden gems. Experience the wild west of New Zealand, an adventure to remember!

COST:  From $3,590 per person

 Book and pay in full by Tuesday 29 June 2020 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Tuesday 27 October 2020 – Monday 09 November 2020 ~ Southern Spectacular (14 Days) 

Circumnavigate the Southern Alps, crossing at the head via Arthurs Pass, travelling the rugged West Coast and through the southern fiords. On the journey back north we travel through the Mackenzie Basin to the base of the majestic Mt Cook and back onto Canterbury Plains and then Christchurch City.

COST:  From $5,500 per person

 Book and pay in full by Monday 29 July 2020 and receive a $150.00 discount per person!

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Monday 02 November – Sunday 09 November 2020 ~ Southern Splendour (8 Days)

The Southern Splendour tour includes the spectacular scenery of Queenstown and the Wakatipu Basin, the majestic Milford Sound, Dunedin – the Edinburgh of the south, the Mackenzie Country, including Mount Cook – The tallest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere and finishing in Christchurch – the Garden City. 

COST:  From $3,430 per person

 Book and pay in full by Friday 03 July 2020 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Wednesday 11 November 2020 – Sunday 15 November 2020 ~ Wanaka Spring Escape (5 Days)

Sitting on the shores of magnificent Lake Wanaka, the resort township of Wanaka draws visitors seeking adventure, spectacular scenery and a relaxed atmosphere.   This is a region of snow-capped peaks, long river valleys and lush native forest, anchored by its tranquil, far-reaching lake. Enjoy sightseeing activities including a 4WD journey through West Wanaka Station, a cruise on Lake Wanaka, visiting a local winery and local distillery,   and quirky attractions such as Puzzle World.

COST:  From $2,715 per person

 Book and pay in full by Tuesday 14 July 2020 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Tuesday 17 November – Saturday 21 November 2020 ~ Molesworth Station & Rainbow Mountain (5 Days)

Molesworth Station is New Zealand’s largest farm at over 180,000 hectares and supports the country’s biggest herd of cattle. It is divided into two sections and this tour will encompass both areas. The farm contains threatened native plants and animals and unique landforms. Our tour features Alpine lakes, mountain passes, rivers, geological faults, 100 year old homesteads, native flora and fauna plus the wildlife. A truly unbelievable tour!

COST:  From $2,575 per person

 Book and pay in full by Monday 20 July 2020 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Molesworth Station

Saturday 21 November – Sunday 29 November 2020 ~ Preservation Inlet Cruise (9 days)

An ultimate voyage of discovery, an exploration of five of New Zealand’s southernmost and seldom visited fiords; Chalky and Preservation Inlets as well as the stunning Doubtful, Dusky and Breaksea Sounds. A hidden gem of New Zealand, this is definitely a cruise of a lifetime.

COST: From $4640 per person

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Monday 14 December – Saturday 19 December 2020~ Nelson and Farewell Spit (6 Days)

Farewell Spit is an area of outstanding natural beauty stretching 30 kilometres into the Tasman Sea. Designated a bird sanctuary since the 1930s, Farewell Spit is a haven for over 90 birdlife species. Not accessible to the public, the only way to access this hidden gem is by a tour. On this 6 day tour, we also enjoy some time in Nelson and the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park, before travelling to the garden city of Christchurch via the alpine village of Hanmer Springs.

COST:  From $2280 per person

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Wednesday 23 December – Sunday 3 January 2021 ~ Christmas & New Year Tour (12 Days) 

Come celebrate Christmas with us down South! Starting in Queenstown we enjoy a delicious Christmas Lunch with a spectacular view of Queenstown and the surrounding mountains.  After spending a few days in Queenstown we travel to Twizel and across the Mackenzie Country to Christchurch. Here we will spend the remainder of our tour exploring the various areas of the Canterbury region including Hanmer Springs, Akaroa, Ashburton and a ride onboard the Tranz Alpine train.  There will also be plenty of time to explore Christchurch.

COST:  From $4,740 per person

 Book and pay in full by Tuesday 25 August 2020 and receive a $150.00 discount per person!

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Akaroa harbour

Wednesday 23 December – Monday 28 December 2020 ~ Christmas Tour (6 Days) 

Come celebrate Christmas with us down South! This year we are spending Christmas day in Queenstown, and we will enjoy a festive lunch from the top of Bob’s Peak with expansive views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. We stay overnight in Twizel, visit Mount Cook Village and enjoy a pavlova demonstration at Lake Tekapo, before making our way to Christchurch.

COST:  From $3,025 per person

 Book and pay in full by Wednesday 26 August 2020 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Monday 28 December – Sunday 3 January 2021 ~ New Year Tour (7 Days) 

Why not celebrate the New Year exploring the Canterbury region? Staying at the one hotel for the duration of the tour we explore differing destinations each day. Explore the new rebuild of Christchurch, visit the popular Hanmer Springs, Akaroa and enjoy a ride on the famous Tranz Alpine and much more…

COST:  From $3,295 per person

 Book and pay in full by Friday 28 August 2020 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Friday 29 January – Saturday 6 February 2021 ~ Preservation Inlet Cruise (9 days)

An ultimate voyage of discovery, an exploration of five of New Zealand’s southernmost and seldom visited fiords; Chalky and Preservation Inlets as well as the stunning Doubtful, Dusky and Breaksea Sounds. A hidden gem of New Zealand, this is definitely a cruise of a lifetime.

COST: From $4900 per person

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Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Tuesday 9 February – Saturday 13 February 2021 ~ Molesworth Station & Rainbow Mountain (5 Days)

Molesworth Station is New Zealand’s largest farm at over 180,000 hectares and supports the country’s biggest herd of cattle. It is divided into two sections and this tour will encompass both areas. The farm contains threatened native plants and animals and unique landforms. Our tour features Alpine lakes, mountain passes, rivers, geological faults, 100 year old homesteads, native flora and fauna plus the wildlife. A truly unbelievable tour!

COST:  From $2,575 per person

 Book and pay in full by Monday 12 October 2020 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Wednesday 10 February – Monday 15 February 2021 ~ Burt Munro Challenge (6 Days)

One of New Zealand’s major motorsport events, the Burt Munro Challenge has developed a strong following since it commenced in 2006. The event attracts top New Zealand riders and provides fantastic entertainment, plenty of excitement, and lots of famous southern hospitality. Enjoy four days of challenge events plus admission to Motorcycle Mecca and Bill Richardson Transport World. 

COST:  From $2,480 per person

Book and pay in full by Monday 12 October 2020 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Wednesday 17 February – Monday 22 February 2021 ~ Destination Dunedin (6 Days) 

Dunedin is a city of gracious dignity and charm, unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history. Our six day tour of this southern city discovers all aspects of Dunedin, from the incredible wildlife on the Otago Peninsula, the fascinating Victorian and Edwardian architecture, the beautiful gardens of Larnach Castle and Glenfalloch, and the history of the Speights Brewery. We also include a visit to Oamaru to see the worlds smallest penguins in their natural environment at the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, and travel through the Catlins, a place of natural beauty and abundant wildlife.

COST:  From $2,650 per person

 Book and pay in full by Tuesday 20 October 2020 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Friday 5 March – Monday 8 March 2021 ~ North Canterbury Wine Festival (4 Days)

Set under the oaks in Glenmark Domain is “the coolest little wine festival in the country”. North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival 2020 was one to remember with over 4,000 attending to enjoy some of New Zealand’s most-loved wine and food. By attending this event you are supporting the local harvesters, all the while being entertained chilled with pockets of entertainment, immersing yourself in conversation with other lovers of local produce and hopefully fall in love with everything that North Canterbury has to offer you!

COST:  From $1,870 per person

Book and pay in full by Thursday 5 November 2020 and receive a $75 discount per person. 

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Stewart Island Discovery Expeditions Real Journeys cruise

Wednesday 10 March – Tuesday 16 March 2021 ~ Stewart Island Discovery Expedition (7 Days)

Discover New Zealand’s third and most southernmost island, Stewart Island, on a small boat cruise. Each day will bring something new – rambles along deserted beaches, wildlife encounters, kayaking, guided rainforest walks, or perhaps you will simply relax on deck amidst the sensations, scenes and moods that sum up the island. Following your voyage to Bluff, you’ll explore Stewart Island’s eastern shoreline, including the renowned wildlife sanctuary of Ulva Island. 

COST:  From $3,485 per person

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Stewart Island Discovery Expeditions Real Journeys cruise

Thursday 11 March – Sunday 14 March 2021 ~ Hokitika Wild Foods Festival (4 Days)

Hokitika held its first Wild Food Festival back in 1990 and the event has since gathered a huge following. The region has long had a reputation for being the place where things are done a little differently. Thanks to this popular food festival, produce from the region’s larder is now available to everyone, and people are coming from all over New Zealand to sample the delights.

COST:  From $1,890 per person

Book and pay in full by Wednesday 11 November 2020 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Friday 12 March – Tuesday 30 March 2021 ~ South Island Value Tour (19 Days) 

Enjoy the splendour of the South Island scenery while enjoying a relaxing coach tour with an experienced driver delivering an informative commentary throughout, and all the while enjoying good company with like-minded travellers.  Staying in quality 3.5 star hotel accommodation with daily breakfasts, this tour gives you the freedom to select where you may wish to dine each evening to suit your taste and budget, which also helps to keep your tour cost down.  This touring itinerary comprehensively explores the South Island from the top to the bottom and everywhere in between.  Pack your camera and a comfy pair of shoes and get ready to explore some of the worlds best scenery with Leisure Time Tours!

COST:  From $3,995.00 per person

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Milford Sound boat cruise

Monday 22 March – Saturday 27 March 2021~ Nelson and Farewell Spit (6 Days)

Farewell Spit is an area of outstanding natural beauty stretching 30 kilometres into the Tasman Sea. Designated a bird sanctuary since the 1930s, Farewell Spit is a haven for over 90 birdlife species. Not accessible to the public, the only way to access this hidden gem is by a tour. On this 6 day tour, we also enjoy some time in Nelson and the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park, before travelling to the garden city of Christchurch via the alpine village of Hanmer Springs.

COST:  From $2290 per person

Book and pay in full by Friday 21 November 2020 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Friday 2 April – Wednesday 7 April 2021~ Wheels at Wanaka (6 Days)

Wheels at Wanaka combines individual vehicle shows including; Vintage Fair: steam and stationary engines, tractors and farming heritage, cars, motorcycles and trucks – vintage, classics and exotics, earthmovers and heavy machinery. Buzzing with energy, Wheels at Wanaka is huge! With over 50 acres of entertainment, outputting tonnes of horsepower, tractor dancing and pulling, 4WD, motor bike and rally car displays and earthmoving pit extravaganza and a full-on parade ground programme.

COST:  From $3025 per person

Book and pay in full by Thursday 3 December 2020 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Monday 5 April – Friday 16 April 2021~ South Island Food & Wine Tour (12 Days)

A fantastic opportunity to experience our country’s amazing wines, beers and tasty foods while exploring the South island and some of its top locations. Enjoy tours of top wineries in Marlborough, the Tasman and Central Otago plus activities including a Coastal Pacific scenic train journey and a cruise in the Abel Tasman.

COST:  From $5800 per person

Book and pay in full by Sunday 6 December 2020 and receive a $150.00 discount per person!

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Wednesday 21 April – Tuesday 4 May 2021~ South Island Autumn Tour (14 Days)

The South Island or the ‘Mainland’ boasts beautiful beaches, spectacular mountain ranges, stunning scenery, and of course the ‘salt of the earth’ & friendly locals that you’ll meet along the way. The South Island is a spectacular land, which has been uplifted by extraordinary earth forces. The landscape is so different from the rolling green hills of the North Islands that it is akin to travelling to another country.

COST:  From $5000 per person

Book and pay in full by Tuesday 22 December 2020 and receive a $150.00 discount per person!

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Driving on Arthurs Pass