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The Essential South Island 9 day Tour

This 9 day tour starts in Christchurch and finishes in Christchurch.


This itinerary is one of our most popular South Island tours. In just 9 days capture the essence of the South Island's cities, lakes, mountains, fiords, glaciers and many more attractions.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Boutique lodges & hotels.

Rental car insurance included: Fully inclusive with variable excess/deductible.

Rental car inclusions: Unlimited kilometres,airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.

Tour pack: Includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.

This tour can be customised to suit you precisely - just request here.


This tour also features:

All breakfasts

Private train station transfers

Private airport transfers

Tranz Alpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Glacier Explorers Tour, Mt Cook National Park

Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre explorer pass

TSS Earnslaw cruise and dinner at Walter Peak high country farm

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

Entry to Glacier Hot Pools

Franz Josef Glacier Helihike


Itinerary summary for: The Essential South Island 9 day Tour

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch
Accommodation: Elizas Manor Boutique Hotel

Day 2: Collect your rental car and travel to Mt Cook for an afternoon of alpine activities
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium Plus

Day 3: Follow the dry lands to Lindis Pass which leads into Central Otago, then through the Kawerau Gorge to Queenstown
Accommodation: The Dairy

Day 4: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: The Dairy

Day 5: Journey to the remote Doubtful Sound for your wilderness cruise
Accommodation: The Dairy

Day 6: Travel the Haast Pass to the West Coast and this evening relax in the glacier hot pools
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge

Day 7: Discover the remarkable world of ice atop the Franz Josef Glacier during your heli-hike
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge

Day 8: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Elizas Manor Boutique Hotel

Day 9: Depart Christchurch today