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.

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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Lake Hayes

Thursday 8 July – Thursday 15 July 2021 ~ Stewart Island Discovery Expedition (8 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 $3,940 per person

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Stewart Island Discovery Expeditions Real Journeys cruise

Friday 3 September – Saturday 11 September 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 $5230 per person

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Thursday 23 September – Wednesday 29 September 2021 ~ Southland & Stewart Island (7 days)

Discover the deep south with its rugged and ever changing landscapes; rocky bluffs, enchanting forests, beautiful sandy beaches and a wealth of wildlife and spectacular  views. This is  a world where nature dominates a land secluded and untouched . Explore the sights, sounds and welcoming communities of Southland and Stewart Island with Leisure Time Travel.

COST: From $3330 per person

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High shot over the seaside town of Oban Stewart Island New Zealand

Thursday 30 September – Wednesday 6 October 2021 ~ Southern Gardens & Historic Homes (7 days)

If you’re looking for inspiration for your garden or home, or are simply interested in history and garden design, what better way to spark creativity than to explore the South Island on a trip encompassing Victorian Villas, local gardens, historic homes and lodges, sculptures parks and top vineyards. Join us on this special interests tour travelling from Blenheim down to Dunedin.

COST: From $3260 per person

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High shot over the seaside town of Oban Stewart Island New Zealand

Tuesday 19 October – Monday 1 November 2021 ~ 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 $5940 per person

Book and pay in full by Monday 21 June 2021 and receive $150.00 discount per person!

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rugged Mitre Peak reflected in the lake

Tuesday 19 October – Tuesday 26 October 2021 ~ 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 $3,630 per person

Book and pay in full by Monday 21 June 2021 and receive $100.00 discount per person!

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Hokitika Gorge near Hokitika

Monday 25 October – Monday 1 November 2021 ~ 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 $3,470 per person

Book and pay in full by Monday 28 June 2021 and receive $100.00 discount per person!

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Hokitika Gorge near Hokitika

Wednesday 3 November – Friday 12 November 2021 ~ South Island Garden Spectacular (10 days)

Take in the stunning beauty of New Zealand with a garden tour of the South Island’s parks, gardens and reserves.  Spend time with gardeners passionate about their craft and learn about their garden design, motivations and plant choice as they introduce you to their private property.  New Zealand has a treasure trove of beautiful gardens of national and regional significance – both public and private.  This tour includes participating in the Garden Marlborough Festival.

COST: From $5,045 per person

Book and pay in full by Tuesday 6 July 2021 and receive $150.00 discount per person!

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Hokitika Gorge near Hokitika

Tuesday 16 November – Tuesday 23 November 2021  ~ Central South Island Wanderer (8 days)

Our eight day Central South Island Wanderer incorporates some of the wonderful short walks you will find in the heart of the South Island. This includes the Devils Punchbowl at Arthurs Pass, Pancake Rocks & Truman Track at Punakaiki, Lake Matheson, and a spectacular walk along the Hooker Valley at Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park just to name a few.

COST: From $3,630 per person

Book and pay in full by Monday 19 July 2021 and receive $100.00 discount per person!

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Hokitika Gorge near Hokitika

Thursday 18 November – Monday 22 November 2021 ~ Molesworth Station (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 $2,820 per person

Book and pay in full by Tuesday 20 July 2021 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Thursday 23 December – Monday 3 January 2021 ~ Christmas & New Year Tour (12 days)

Add some new and unforgettable traditions to your festive holiday this year with this escorted tour that packs in some wonderful South Island sights and activities. We enjoy a Tranz-Alpine rail journey and spend Christmas Day on the West Coast with lunch then a scenic helicopter flight and glacier landing. More adventures await in Wanaka before we arrive in Dunedin for the New Year. Unpack and relax with five nights in Dunedin to fit in plenty of local sightseeing before journeying north to Oamaru and Christchurch.

COST: From $5,640 per person

Book and pay in full by Wednesday 25 August 2021 and receive $150.00 discount per person!

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Hokitika Gorge near Hokitika

Thursday 23 December – Tuesday 28 December 2021 ~ Christmas Tour (6 days)

Celebrate Christmas in style on this wonderful, escorted tour that includes some amazing activities. On Christmas Eve a scenic rail journey from Christchurch on the Tranz-Alpine will take you across spectacular gorges and river valleys before you climb into the Southern Alps. Enjoy Christmas Lunch in Hokitika before taking an awe-inspiring helicopter flight over the West Coast with a glacier landing! We also travel to Wanaka where you will have a guided 4WD experience and finish in Dunedin for a Haggis ceremony accompanied by bagpipes!

COST: From $3,480 per person

Book and pay in full by Wednesday 25 August 2021 and receive $100.00 discount per person!

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Hokitika Gorge near Hokitika

Tuesday 28 December 2021 – Monday 3 January 2022 ~ New Year Tour (7 days)

Join us to celebrate the New Year in Otago. We enjoy four nights in Dunedin with plenty of local sightseeing and activities including Olveston House, Larnach Castle, Speights Brewery, and an array of local museums and gardens. We explore the Otago Peninsula and get up close to nature with specialist wildlife tours on both land and sea. Leaving Dunedin, we journey north to Oamaru, with its Victorian architecture and little Blue Penguin colony, then finish in Christchurch where we farewell the group with a special dinner on the Tram Restaurant. 

COST: From $3,030 per person

Book and pay in full by Monday 30 August 2021 and receive $100.00 discount per person!

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Hokitika Gorge near Hokitika

Friday 15 April – Tuesday 19 April 2022 ~ Warbirds over Wanaka (5 Days)

Warbirds over Wanaka is unlike any other aviation event – the mountain scenery and amphitheatre provide a stunning backdrop to an extravaganza of action over Easter weekend. During the show you will see over 80 aircraft including warbirds, jets, helicopters, aerobatic displays and much more! One of the top four Warbirds Airshows in the world, the airshow showcases a stunning array of WWII aircraft along with some exciting modern jets. You will be so close to the aircraft you feel as though you can touch them. See static displays of aircraft for sale and Warhorse military vehicles, vintage machinery, tractors and cars and a special display of sport craft.

COST:  From $2375 per person

Book and pay in full by Thursday 16 December 2021 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Lavochkin La-9 flying over the mountain tops at Warbirds Over Wanaka