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South Island Coach Tours

South Island Coach Tours

What is included?

  • Pre-booked, fully customisable itineraries.
  • Coach transport with daily departures & hotel pickups.
  • Quality accommodation options ranging from Motel to Hotel.
  • A wealth of activities and attractions.

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A Coach Tour of New Zealand's South Island will take you to beautiful lakes, rugged glaciers, world class dining and vineyards, and beyond. You will not be disappointed.

Our South island Coach Tours have plenty to do and see: jet boating, heli-hiking, whale watching, unique native animal and planet life, scenic vistas and so much more!

Independent Coach Holidays by Thrifty Tours offer the security of a well-planned pre-book tour on one of our fabulous set itineraries tailored to suit your needs, including daily departures and door to door transfers. The team here at Thrifty Tours are passionate about New Zealand and are dedicated to giving you a very special New Zealand holiday experience.

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 4 days

from NZD $1359 per person

Start : Auckland                Finish : Christchurch
Take in the best of the North Island on your way to the South Island for a scenic rail adventure.

  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Rotorua Geothermal Experience
  • Coastal Pacific Train Journey
Alpine Explorer South Island Coach Tour
 5 days

from NZD $1659 per person

Start : Christchurch         Finish : Christchurch
Just like a picture perfect postcard, take in all sights that make the South Island so special..

  • Mount Cook National Park
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Franz Josef & Fox Glacier
  • TranzAlpine train journey
Glacierland South Island Coach Tour
 7 days

from NZD $1789 per person

Start : Christchurch           Finish : Christchurch
Explore the South by coach and rail on this scenic 7 day adventure.

  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Franz Josef & Fox Glacier
  • TranzAlpine train journey

South Island Coach Tours

Glaciers Overnight South Island Tour
 2 days

from NZD $729 per person

Start : Queenstown            Finish : Christchurch
Get a taste of the South Island's untouched beauty on this journey along the rugged and wild west coast to the magnificent glaciers and beyond.

  • Visit Fox & Franz Josef Glacier
  • TranzAlpine train journey
West Coaster
 3 days

from NZD $859 per person

Start : Queenstown         Finish : Christchurch
Explore the wonderfully varied West Coast, home to some of the most accessible glaciers in the world, and offering some of New Zealand's most pristine and dramatic landscapes.

  • TranzAlpine train journey
  • Glacier Valley walk
Look South Island Tour
 4 days

from NZD $1169 per person

Start : Christchurch          Finish : Auckland
Join the TranzCoastal train and head north to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the North Island.
  • Rotorua sights & activities
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Interislander Ferry
  • Coastal Pacific Train Journey

 

Glaciers Wonder South Island Tour
 4 days

from NZD $1059 per person

Start : Christchurch            Finish : Christchurch
A perfect introduction to the spectacular sights and stunning landscapes of the South Island.

  • Skyline Gondola Queenstown
  • Fox & Franz Josef Glacier
  • TranzAlpine train journey
Southern Discovery
 4 days

from NZD $1139 per person

Start : Christchurch           Finish : Christchurch
A journey of discovery, cruise the full length of Milford Sound and spend a night at the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.

  • Skyline Gondola Queenstown
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center
Whales and National Parks South Island Tour
 5 days

from NZD $1439 per person

Start : Christchurch           Finish : Christchurch
A journey of discovery, cruise the full length of Milford Sound and spend a night at the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.
  • Whale Watching Tour
  • Coastal Pacific Train Journey
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • TranzAlpine Train Journey

 

Lake Land South Island Coach Tour
 5 days

from NZD $1099 per person

Start : Christchurch           Finish : Christchurch
Focusing on the South Island, the Lakeland tour is an in-depth look at this beautiful part of New Zealand.

  • Milford Sound Cruise & lunch
  • Skyline Gondola Queenstown
  • Dunedin - "Edinburgh of the South'

 

Lake Land South Island Coach Tour
 6 days

from NZD $1549 per person

Start : Christchurch           Finish : Christchurch
Discover the highlights of the South Island from stunning glaciers to national parks, to world famous Queenstown and Milford Sound.
  • Milford Sound Cruise & lunch
  • Mount Cook National Park
  • TranzAlpine Train Journey
  • Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers

 

Whales and National Parks South Island Tour
 6 days

from NZD $1859 per person

Start : Christchurch           Finish : Christchurch
Spoil yourself with a trip to beautiful fiords, stunning glaciers and the best scenic rail routes of New Zealand's South Island.
  • Taieri Gorge Train Journey
  • Fox & Franz Josef Glacier 
  • Milford Sound Cruise & lunch
  • TranzAlpine Train Journey

 

Superb South Island Coach Tour
 9 days

from NZD $2789 per person

Start : Christchurch           Finish : Christchurch
The name says it all, an absolutely magical experience including the very best of the South Island.
  • Twin Glacier Tour
  • TranzCoastal Train Journey
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Milford Sound Cruise & lunch

 

Mountain Melody South Island Coach Tour
 7 days

from NZD $1919 per person

Start : Christchurch           Finish : Christchurch
Taking the time to appreciate the natural wonders of fiords, glaciers and New Zealand's very special alpine environment.
  • Milford Sound Cruise & lunch
  • Mount Cook National Park
  • TranzAlpine Train Journey
  • Skyline Gondola Queenstown