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South Island Coach Tour

Everything is taken care of on this ideal coach tour of New Zealand’s South Island. Even your flights from Australia are included, or you can book the tour on its own. This worry-free trip gives you time to enjoy the beauty and culture of this spectacular country!

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Trip Details:

New Zealand South Island Escorted Coach Tour – 9 Days

Prepare yourself for a breathtaking New Zealand holiday, with everything taken care of to make sure you have maximum time to enjoy the beauty and culture of this spectacular South Island!

Fly to Christchurch and see the sights of the city before travelling through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. Marvel at the Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak, and learn of Dunedin’s proud Scottish heritage.

Travel southwest to the gateway to Fiordland, where you’ll cruise magnificent Milford Sound. Continue to Queenstown, where you have time to enjoy one of the adventure capital’s many thrilling activities and in the evening cruise Lake Wakatipu on a vintage steamship. As you head back towards Christchurch another highlight awaits, with a journey aboard the renowned TranzAlpine railway!

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • See so much of New Zealand’s South Island in a week!
  • Discover turquoise lakes, historic trains & ships, snow-capped peaks, local crafts & more
  • Book with Confidence – departures are guaranteed!

Your Holiday Includes:

  • Flights to Christchurch – return economy ex Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney
  • Airport transfers – Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival & return airport transfers in NZ
  • Tour transportation – 48 seat modern coach travel, 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Escorted tour – Professional Coach Captain and Tour Leader
  • Accommodation – 8 nights in 3.5 star accommodation with hotel porterage
    • Includes a two night stay in Queenstown
  • Sightseeing – 2 cruises, 1 rail journey
    • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
    • Comprehensive documentation pack
  • Meals – 8 cooked breakfasts
    • 7 sumptuous dinners including 2 speciality dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin & Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown
    • 1 picnic lunch & 1 Devonshire Tea at Larnach Castle
    • Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.


2021 – 2, 5, 8, 12, 14, 19, 23 February; 2, 4, 6, 11, 16, 22, 26, 28 March; 6, 8, 14, 25 April & 2 May

Please ask if you wish to depart from other cities or on different dates and we can let you know the options.

Note: Prices may vary depending on your departure date and are subject to confirmation by the local operators.


ex Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane & Gold Coast from $4499 per person twin share
ex Adelaide, Canberra & Hobart from $4774 per person twin share
ex Perth from $4998 per person twin share

Tour only (without international flights) from $3799 per person twin share

Get the Brochure:

Click here to view or download a copy of the brochure. The brochure includes more details and the full itinerary (where applicable).

Want to Stay Longer?

You can add extra nights in Christchurch, upgrade your stay, or you could extend your visit to include the North Island.

Ask us today about staying at other properties or adding more services. We are happy to design a holiday that will suit you best.

Travelling Solo?

We can look after you. Single supplement is from $1200 and includes your own room. Please contact us for current rates.

Booking Conditions:

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

Please read Australia & New Zealand Travel Company’s Terms & Booking Conditions prior to making a reservation. By booking any travel service with us, you have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

How to Book

To make a booking please call Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email reservations@anztravelco.com.

You can also select a trip and request it via this website – please make sure you enter the quantity for the number of people travelling. In the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page, add your preferred departure date plus any other information that will help us process your booking, such as departure city and travel preferences.

No payment is required to submit an online booking request, but your booking is pending and no place is being held. Your booking status will be advised when you hear from our travel consultants. Bookings are normally actioned within 24 hours – Monday to Friday.

Itinerary & Booking Info

Travel Style

Coach Tour



(B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner.

On arrival into Christchurch, you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel.
Hotel Quality Hotel Elms

After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, The Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.
Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel

Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight, a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.
Hotel Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

This morning travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).
Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon travel to Queenstown, overlooking magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year-round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. This evening is free, you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.
Hotel Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront or similar (2 nights)

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader are available to assist with the many optional activities available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or to get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious gourmet barbecue dinner featuring a menu of seasonal, fresh and locally sourced food at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.

Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to the township of Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.
Hotel Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains. On arrival into the elegant city of Christchurch, your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
Hotel Quality Hotel Elms

Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, road conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by calling Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email to reservations@anztravelco.com.

Online booking requests may also be submitted via this website by selecting a trip. Please make sure you include your preferred departure date in the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page.

Bookings are pending and not confirmed until you receive a status update from an Australia & New Zealand Travel Company consultant.


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