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9 Day Superb South Island Coach Tour

9 Day Superb South Island – Economy Coach Tour

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The name says it all, an absolutely magical experience including the very best of the South Island.


  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Coach Transport
  • Transfers within journey
  • Coastal Pacific Train Journey
  • Abel Tasman National Park Tour
  • Twin Glacier Tour
  • Milford Sound Cruise & lunch
  • Skyline Gondola – Queenstown
  • Mount Cook National Park

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  • 9 Days (8) nights


  • ​Reporting time 7.30 am at the Intercity terminal, 118 Bealey Ave (between Colombo St and Durham St intersections). Departs at 8.00 am EVERY DAY

Additional Nights – Available to any destination of your choosing. You can add an extra night for a competitive rate. If you would like to extend your tour, please advise your consultant when making your booking. We definitely recommend that you spend extra nights prior to and after your tour to explore the gateway destinations, as these provide many unique attractions worth going the extra mile for.

Flexible Itineraries
All our New Zealand coach tours can be adapted to your individual specifications. If a tour does not entirely suit you, we can provide a personalised coach touring holiday that fits you like a glove. All you need to do is let us know what you want to do, and we will organise it for you.

Transfers Included
Transfers are included between your accommodation and transport on the Tour. If you need to we can book your pre-tour arrangements or you can make your own way to the Tour departure location.

Daily Departures

The tours operate every day and use routine train, ferry and motor coach services. All hotel, motel accommodation, transportation and essential sightseeing are pre-arranged for you.

Are meals included on your Tours?

Hotel and Motel accommodation on the tour are not inclusive of meals. There are many local restaurants and cafe’s from which you can sample, for your dining pleasure. Breakfast options are available to you and these can be provided on enquiry with your consultant.

Is there a Tour Guide travelling with us on the trip?
As you will be travelling independently, on scheduled coach and rail services, this is an unescorted tour. Unless otherwise stated your tour drivers will provide commentary for you to enjoy while you relax in comfort.

Can you tell me the difference between Silver and Bronze accommodation.
With Silver accommodation your stay will be in selected hotels or motor inns that are centrally located. They have a selection of bars and restaurants for your perusal, and deluxe rooms with the facilities expected of superior accommodation. With Bronze accommodation your stay will be in motels or hotels centrally located at your destination. Some of the motel accommodation will provide kitchen facilities, TV, radio etc.

Do I have to carry my own bags or will somebody do it for me?

With Gold and Silver hotels accommodation a porter will be able to assist you with your bags. Bronze accommodation does not have porters, but should you need assistance your driver will be happy to help.

I am travelling alone but I do not want to pay the single room supplement. Can you find me a roommate?
Regrettably we are unable to match you up with another traveller as the occurrence of another person travelling on the same tour with the same dates and class as you is extremely unlikely.

Where do your tours depart from?
The Auckland coaches depart from the Intercity terminal, at Sky City , Hobson Street . Auckland trains depart from the Britomart railway station. The Christchurch coaches depart from the Intercity Terminal at 118 Bealey Ave (between Colombo St and Durham St intersections). Christchurch trains depart from the Addington railway station at Clarence Street in Riccarton .

Christchurch - Kaikoura - Kaikoura - Blenheim - Nelson - Nelson - Abel Tasman National Park - Nelson - Nelson - Greymouth - Greymouth - Glaciers - Glaciers - Queenstown - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown - At Queenstown - Queenstown - Mt Cook - Christchurch


Christchurch - Kaikoura

The Coastal Pacific train pass through North Canterbury sheep country, then the track skims the spectacular coastline between the Kaikoura Ranges and the Pacific. Conditions permitting, you may like to take a cruise to see the whales and other marine life which feed in this area.

Stay 1 night in Kaikoura.


Kaikoura - Blenheim - Nelson

Rejoin the Coastal Pacific train and turn inland to Blenheim. Continue by coach past vineyards built on rich alluvial plains, which produce world class wines to Nelson.

Stay 2 nights in Nelson.

Please note: The Coastal Pacific trains between these two days (Christchurch to Kaikoura to Blenheim) will be replaced by a coach in the periods of 5th May to 30th of September.


Nelson - Abel Tasman National Park - Nelson

A full day excursion to the Abel Tasman National Park. Drive through rich horticultural and orchard country to Motueka. Board your launch at Kaiteriteri Beach and choose to remain onboard your launch for the duration of the cruise or disembark to walk part of the track.


Nelson - Greymouth

Travel through the Buller Gorge to Westport and down the coast to the famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.


Greymouth - Glaciers

Join a tour to travel to the glaciers, visiting the jade carvers in Hokitika, a giant Matai tree and several picturesque lakes.  Take a short guided walk to the terminal face of a glacier. Consider staying an extra day.

Stay 2 night in Fox or Franz Josef Glacier townships.


Glaciers - Queenstown

Continue south into dense rain forest broken by rugged coastal vistas. Reach Lake Wanaka in the early afternoon. Continue through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown.

Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.


Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

A full day taking in the wonders of Milford and Mitre Peak, while enjoying lunch aboard Milford Sound cruise. Return to Queenstown this evening.


At Queenstown

Today is free for you to enjoy this fabulous alpine resort. We have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of optional activities from thrilling jet boat rides to leisurely lake cruises, 4WD safaris and bungy jumping. 


Queenstown - Mt Cook - Christchurch

Through the Kawarau Gorge with it’s historic gold mines, then past the stone fruit growing area of Cromwell to the Lindis Pass. Cross the spectacular Mackenzie Country bounded by the Southern Alps to the glacial lakes and into the Mount Cook National Park. Optional lunch at the Hermitage or perhaps a ski plane flight. Continue north through Burkes Pass, Fairlie and Geraldine to Christchurch where your tour ends at early evening.

Bronze Accommodation Silver Accommodation Gold Accommodation
SingleNZ $4,289.00NZ $4,619.00NZ $5,409.00
Twin ShareNZ $2,859.00NZ $2,989.00NZ $3,289.00

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