Milford Sound at Twilight, South Island
Milford Sound at Twilight, South Island
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Queenstown Cityscapes, South Island
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Fiordland National Park Wildlife & Scenery, South Island
Queenstown New Zealand
Queenstown New Zealand
Mount Cook Aoraki, Haast Pass and Fox Glacier, South Island
Mount Cook Aoraki, Haast Pass and Fox Glacier, South Island
Pancake Rocks & Glow Worm Caves, South Island
Pancake Rocks & Glow Worm Caves, South Island
Arthur's Pass, Canterbury Plains & Castle Hill
Arthur's Pass, Canterbury Plains & Castle Hill

South Island Kea (Small Group Tour)

9 nights from €4,999 per person Including Flights


The South Island features some of New Zealand’s best loved locations, from Milford Sound to Queenstown. Including cruises on Milford Sound, scenic flights over the Southern Alps, walks through the beech forests of the Haast Pass and sightseeing in Punakaiki, this tour packs a lot of exciting experiences in to its eight days. Enjoy your small group tour with an intimate group of 10 to 18 people, making your trip personalised and special to you. (MOA).

Prices are quoted per person on a twin-share basis and do not include international flights.


  • Take a wildlife cruise on Milford Sound
  • Spend some free time exploring Queenstown
  • Visit the gold mining village of Arrowtown
  • Explore Franz Josef and Okarito Lagoon
  • Visit the quirky Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki
Whats included?
  • Internal travel
  • Sights and excursions
  • Tour guide throughout
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Day 1


You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Christchurch. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish

Overnight: Scenic Suites or similar

Day 2


You'll meet your group mid-morning, before heading for a special lunch at Akaunui homestead, a 116-year-old country home wih deliciously fresh produce by the hosts, Di and Ian Mackenzie.

You'll then continue through Mackenzie Country for beautiful views of glacial lakes and the Southern Alps, plus the Church at Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki before arriving at Aoraki/Mt Cook Village

Overnight: Aoraki/Mt Cook Village

Day 3

Aoraki/Mt Cook - Lindis Pass - Queenstown

Today you'll enjoy a scenic walk around Mt Cook. You'll then continue to Omarama, over the Lindis Pass and through the stunning Kawarau Gorge and Gibbston Valley to Queenstown, where you'll be staying for three nights.

Overnight: Scenic Suites

Day 4

Queenstown - Milford Sound Cruise - Scenic flight - Queenstown

A beautiful day today. You'll begin with a cruise on MilfordSound where you might spot seal colonies and dolphins, before taking a scenic flight back over the Southern Alps to Queenstown.

Overnight: Scenic Suites

Day 5


Today is a day free for you to explore at your own pace. There are lots of great optional excursions, including jet boat rides on the Dart River, seeing Lord of the Rings scenery, or going to a vineyard.

Overnight: Scenic Suites

Day 6

Queenstown - Arrowtown - Cardrona Valley - Wanaka

Your first destination today is the leafy village of Arrowtown which has a lively gold mining history. The road then climbs over the Crown Range, offering amazing views of the Gibbston Valley.

Overnight: Edgewater Resort

Day 7

Wanaka  - Haast Pass - Lake Matheson - Franz Josef

Driving along Lakes Hawea and Wanaka and into the pristine mountain scenery, you’ll begin today’s journey venturing along the Haast Pass in Mt Aspiring National Park. You can follow the tracks through the native beech forests to crystal-clear pools where trout thrive and magical cascading waterfalls following the Haast River out to sea.

Overnight: Aspen Court

Day 8

Franz Josef - Hokitika - Punakaiki

The morning is free for you to walk to the Franz Josef Glacier lookout. You could even enjoy an optional flight onto the glacier, or search for rare birds on a cruise out on Okarito Lagoon.

Once in Hokitika, you'll meet the carvers of the treasured Pounamu (greenstone) before continuing to Papamoa National Park.

Overnight: The Ocean View Retreat

Day 9

Punakaiki - Paparoa National Park - Charleston - Cape Foulwind

Today you will see the Pancake rocks, limestone cliffs and blowholes at this subtropical rainforest. The day is free for you to enjoy at your own pace. Why not walk to an isolated beach to see the seal colony at Cape Foulwind, or go to the glow worn cave at Charleston.

Overnight: The Ocean View Retreat

Day 10

Punakaiki - Lake Brunner - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch

Leave the west coast for a scenic drive up the Otira Viaduct, taking in the amazing views of alpine beech forests and winding rivers of Arthur's Pass National Park. After a brief break to soak up the views, you'll continue on to Christchurch for your ongoing flight.


  • Hotels (1 night pre tour + 8 nights with group)
  • Internal travel in an air-conditioned coach
  • Sights and excursions as listed in itinerary
  • Friendly Kiwi guide throughout

Please note - International flights and domestic flights throughout New Zealand are not included in the price shown.

The following excursions are available to book, please contact one of our travel consultants for prices and availability:

Also note - it is advisable to pre-book your optional tours prior to arrival

  • Queenstown – Bike the Bridges Half Day Tour
  • Queenstown – The Basin Explorer – Full Day Bike Tour
  • Queenstown – Boutique Wine Tour
  • Queenstown – Dart River Jet Boat Wilderness Experience
  • Queenstown – Routeburn Track Day Hiking
  • Queenstown – Glenorchy Lord of the Rings Scenic Tour
  • Queenstown – Moa 4 Line Tour
  • Queenstown – TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise with BBQ Lunch or dinner
  • Queenstown – Station to Station Mt Nicholas Farm Experience & Bike Hire
  • Queenstown – Kawarau River Rafting
  • Queenstown – Kawarau & Shootover Rivers Jet Boat Ride
  • Wanaka – Lake Cruise and Island Nature Walk
  • Franz Josef – Twin Glacier Scenic Heli Flight and Snow Landing
  • Franz Josef - Glacier Heli Hike
  • Franz Josef – Okarito Guided Kayak Trip
  • Franz Josef – Okarito Eco Tour
  • Punakaiki – Charleston Glowworm Caves Tour
  • Punakaiki – Underworld Rafting
  • Punakaiki – Underworld Rafting
  • Punakaiki – TranzAlpine Train Arthurs Pass to Christchurch
  • Christchurch – Akaroa Harbour Day Cruise
  • Christchurch – Akaroa Day Tour & Swim with Dolphins

2023 Tour Departure Dates: 17 July, 10 Sep, 15 Oct, 12 Nov, 10 Dec

2024 Tour Departure Dates: 11 Jan, 8 Feb, 7 March, 14 April, 12 May, 22 July

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