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South of the South Explored Pass

This guided bus pass explores the south of the South Island in depth. It takes a minimum of 10-12 days to complete the circuit, which allows you to travel the south of the South Island in depth. 

This pass is similar to the South Island Bus Pass from Christchurch, however it also includes travel south of Queenstown to Fiordland, Milford Sound and Invercargill where you can catch a ferry to spend some time on Stewart Island. 

You'll also get time on the Wild West Coast, Mt Cook and Wanaka - leaving no stone unturned on the south of the South Island. 

Highlights

  • Experience crossing over New Zealand’s Southern Alps from Christchurch - either by bus or train ($99 extra)
  • Explore the Adventure Capital of Queenstown
  • Travel through Fiordland and stay at the unique Gunn's Camp
  • Travel to the south of the South Island - Invercargill - where you can catch a ferry to Stewart Island
  • Go for a hike in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

What's Included

  • Knowledgable driver-guide who will help get you around the country and tell you everything you need to know about New Zealand.
  • Guaranteed accommodation along the way, no need to book in advance (extra cost). More details here
  • Questions? Check out our FAQ or Contact Us
  • Book this pass with the Tranz Alpine scenic railway upgrade from Christchurch for only $99. Click here to add to your cart.

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PRICE: $985 NZD

Number of Days 10

Starts: Christchurch Finishes: Christchurch

Tour Type: Hop on Hop Off Bus Pass

DEPARTS FROM Christchurch ON

January 01, 2018 - February 28, 2018: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
March 01, 2018 - April 30, 2018: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
May 01, 2018 - September 30, 2018: Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
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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 hop on the main hop on hop off bus and head down the West Coast to Franz Josef. Spend the night in a backpackers lodge in the rainforest before your highly recommended glacier hike the next day. 

For only $99 you can upgrade to take the famous TranzAlpine Railway from Christchurch to Greymouth, whereas the base price includes a shuttle bus. $99 for the train journey is great value and highly recommended. 

ACCOMODATION

Lodge surrounded by the rainforest. 

SIGHTS

Free Activities: Explore the village, go for a hike. Paid Activities: Guided hike on the Franz Josef Glacier, go quad biking, go horse riding, scenic flights. 

Today is yours to explore Franz Josef. Most choose to go on a guided trip of the EPIC Franz Josef Glacier. 

ACCOMODATION

Lodge surrounded by the rainforest. 

SIGHTS

Free Activities: Explore the village, go for a hike.

Paid Activities: Franz Josef Glacier Hike, quad biking, scenic flights. 

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.  

ACCOMODATION

Central hostel.

SIGHTS

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. 

ACCOMODATION

Central Hostel. 

SIGHTS

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

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

Today is yours to explore Queenstown, or partake in one of dozens of adventure activities. Stick around Queenstown for as long as you like, there’s plenty to do. 

ACCOMODATION

Central Hostel. 

SIGHTS

Free Activities: Walk up Queenstown Hill, check out the Resort Town’s great views.

Paid Activities: Too many too list! Adventure activities galore, Lord of the Rings Tours, Wine tastings. 

It’s an early start as we head towards breathtaking Milford Sound. This morning there is time to do the Milford Sound cruise, before we head for our unique overnight stop, Gunn’s Camp. Located in the solitude of Hollyford Valley (and one of our top rated overnight stops), enjoy an evening under the stars, spot glow-worms and listen out for Kiwi bird calls. 

ACCOMODATION

Historic camp on the edge of the Hollyford Track in the heart of Fiordland National Park. 

SIGHTS

Free Activities: Humbolt Falls walk, visit the historic museum.

Paid Activities: Milford Sound Cruise. 

We start the morning with a short riverside stroll through beech forest on the Viewing Gantry walk. This afternoon we travel further South to Invercargill, next stop Stewart Island! Stewart Island has an abundance of activities such as fishing, kayaking, diving, bird watching and tramping tracks. There are also options for those not going to Stewart Island to stay in Invercargill. 

ACCOMODATION

Central hostel.

SIGHTS

Free Activities: Walks, enjoy Gunn’s Camp.

Paid Activities: Ata Whenua – Shadowland, incredible movie of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau Wildlife Centre.

The morning is yours to explore the island, meet the locals, go fishing or enjoy some of the walks. We catch an afternoon ferry back to the mainland. For those who chose not to venture onto Stewart Island your bus departs mid-morning to head out to Waipapa Point, Curio Bay and Porpoise Bay for some sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. 

ACCOMODATION

Central Hostel. 

SIGHTS

Free Activities: Explore the Island for amazing birdlife, relax and enjoy Island life.

Paid Activities: Hire a scooter, Ulva Island for heaps of native birds, cod fishing. 

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. 

ACCOMODATION

Stunning alpine lodge inside the National Park. 

SIGHTS

Free Activities: Take photos of stunning scenery.

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

Leaving Mt Cook we make our way through a landscape made famous in the 'Lord of the Rings' films. We make a stop at turquoise Lake Tekapo before heading on to Geraldine, where we will drop off   the thrill seekers wanting to raft the top notch Grade 5 white water on the Rangitata River. Those not rafting will continue on to Christchurch for a mid-afternoon arrival, giving you time to explore parts of the South Island’s largest city. 

ACCOMODATION

Purpose built backpackers near the city centre

SIGHTS

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

Paid activities: Rangitata River rafting (late September – late March only).

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