TOURS & BUS PASSES / 10 Day South Island Winter Explorer Tour

10 Day South Island Winter Explorer Tour

New Zealand's South Island is the perfect place for adrenaline and activity, and this 10 day tour mixes this with those classic New Zealand views you dream about.  

On this ten-day trip, we explore New Zealand's best South Island Regions - Fiordland, Queenstown, Mt Cook and the West Coast. You'll be with like minded travellers in a small group, and in the capable hands of a knowledgable New Zealand guide. 


  • Scenic drive through Arthur's Pass
  • Mighty Franz Josef Glacier
  • Mt Aspiring National Park
  • Optional bungy jump in Queenstown
  • Day trip to stunning Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park
  • Overnight at the base of NZ’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook

What's Included

All transport: You'll travel in our comfortable mid-sized coaches around the South Island.

Experienced tour guide: Expect entertaining commentary, insight into local secrets and extra support from your tour guide.

Accommodation: 9 nights’ dorm-share accommodation in a variety of quality backpacker hostels, wilderness lodges and cabins. Upgrades to twin (NZD $275pp) and single (NZD $485) rooms are available.

Top rated activities:

- Christchurch to Greymouth: Highly regarded TranzAlpine Scenic Train
- Wanaka: Scenic bike ride around the lake
- Queenstown: Shotover Jet
- Queenstown: Day trip to Doubtful Sound

Important Notes

  • Departure Time / Location: 9am from Christchurch International Airport
  • Finish Time: Approximately 9.40am at the Christchurch International Airport

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PRICE: $1,775 NZD

Number of Days 10

Starts: Christchurch Finishes: Christchurch

Tour Type: Small Group Tour


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You’ll leave Christchurch first thing this morning, so will need to arrive the morning before your planned departure. It’s across the incredibly scenic Southern Alps – watch the landscape change from rolling farmland to snow capped mountains to West Coast bush. It’s an incredible way to start your travels around the South Island.

Once you reach Greymouth, you’ll head down the West Coast to Franz Josef. Spend the night in a lodge in the rainforest before your highly recommended glacier hike the next day.


Lodge in the middle of the rainforest.


Arthur's Pass views. 

Today you have to option to do one of the best experiences in New Zealand - the Franz Josef Ice Explorer (added expense). After a helicopter trip from the village, you'll be guided around this ancient and stunning piece of ice. Truly magical. 


Lodge in the middle of the rainforest.


Free activities: Any of the good bush walks in the area 

Optional paid activities: Ice Explorer Trip (short helicopter flight onto the glacier) Glacier Valley Walk

We depart in the morning stopping for hostel pick-ups at Fox Glacier before heading for the amazing mirror Lake Matheson. Today we cross the mountainous Haast Pass and Makarora towards Wanaka. We’ll pass by the beautiful Lake Hawea and arrive in Wanaka late-afternoon in time to enjoy this picturesque lakeside town.  


Central hostel.


Free Activities: Stunning views on the way to Wanaka, Blue Pools walk, Thundercreek Falls walk, explore Wanaka.

We depart around mid-morning, giving you time to check out amazing views of the lake either by skydiving or taking a walk up Mt Iron! Then we’re off to Queenstown – the Adventure Capital of the World. 


Central Hostel. 


Free Activities: Watch people bungy jump, go for a hike.

Paid Activities: Bungy jump, skydiving, jet boat tour. 

Enjoy three full days in Queenstown to get amongst the action in NZ’s ‘Adventure Capital.’ Your tour price includes the famous Shotover Jet trip as well as the highly-reccomended day trip to Doubtful Sound. You'll have plenty more time to get your adventure on, or simply relax in this chilled out resort town. 


Central hostel


Included: Shotover Jet and Doubtful Sound Day Trip (these can be done on day of your choice).

Optional paid activities: Any adventure activity that we mad Kiwis can dream up (bungy, swing, jetboating, skydiving, mountain biking, zipline, horse riding...), trip to Milford Sound.

Free activities: Sleep in, great walks, take in beautiful views from this cool resort town.

Today it’s off over the Lindis Pass en route for New Zealand’s highest peak. We arrive in the early afternoon with time to do a Mt. Cook 4WD and Argo Tour, check out the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine centre or do one of the many great short walks in the park. 


Stunning alpine lodge inside the National Park. 


Free Activities: Take photos of stunning scenery.

Paid Activities: Cruise on a lake filled with iceburgs. Scenic flights. 

Today we make our way through a landscape made famous by the Lord of the Rings films. We head past turquoise Lake Tekapo, where we stop for ice-skating, snow tubing or a swim at the hot springs. We arrive in Christchurch later in the afternoon, giving you time to explore parts of the South Island’s largest city.


Free activities: Take photos of stunning scenery, go for a walk around central Christchurch.

Optional paid activities: Ice skating, snow tubing or soak in the hot springs.

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