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6 Day Southern Highlights Coach Tour

6 Day Southern Highlights – Economy Coach Tour

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A delightful 6 day ferry, train and coach tour from Wellington through the South Island to Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and Milford Sound. Cross Cook Strait by ferry to the Marlborough Sounds and Picton. The TranzCoastal train skims the spectacular coastline between the Kaikoura Ranges and the Pacific.Travel south across the Canterbury Plains through seaside Timaru, and historic Oamaru to Dunedin.


  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Coach Transport
  • Transfers wihtin journey
  • Interislander Ferry
  • TranzCoastal Train Journey
  • Milford Sound Cruise & lunch
  • Skyline Gondola – Queenstown
  • Views of Mount Cook National Park

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  • 6 Days (5) nights

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 .

Wellington - Picton - Christchurch - Christchurch - Dunedin - Dunedin - Te Anau - Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown - At Queenstown - Queenstown - Mt Cook - Christchurch


Wellington - Picton - Christchurch

Cross Cook Strait by ferry to the Marlborough Sounds and Picton. The TranzCoastal train skims the spectacular coastline between the Kaikoura Ranges and the Pacific. Continue through North Canterbury sheep country to Christchurch. As you arrive in the evening, consider adding an extra day in our most ‘English’ city.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch 

Please note: The Coastal Pacific trains on this day ( Picton to Kaikoura t0 Christchurch) will be replaced by a coach in the periods of 5th May to 30th of September.


Christchurch - Dunedin

Travel south across the Canterbury Plains through seaside Timaru, and historic Oamaru to Dunedin – “the Edinburgh of the South”.

Arrive early afternoon. Stay 1 night in Dunedin.

Please note, no commentary is provided on this journey


Dunedin - Te Anau

This morning is free for optional tours.  Continue across the rolling hill country of South Otago and Southland. After the farming community of Gore, head across the Waimea Plains towards Fiordland.  

Stay 1 night in Te Anau.


Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Pass through pristine beech forests and the Homer Tunnel to view the majesty of Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls aboard a cruise on the Sound. Depart Milford Sound back to Te Anau, then turn north, following the dramatic southern shores of Lake Wakatipu to reach Queenstown. 

Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.


At Queenstown

Today is free for you to enjoy this fabulous lakeside resort. We have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of optional activities to choose from.


Queenstown - Mt Cook - Christchurch

Leaving Queenstown we soon pass picturesque Lake Hayes and then plunge into the narrow and rocky Kawarau Gorge. The township of Cromwell was once the centre of gold mining activity, which is evident from the dredge tailings, which line the road through Tarras. The Lindis River guides us up to the summit of the pass where the expanse of the McKenzie Plains stretches to the north.

After lunch (own cost) we continue north to Lake Tekapo and then across Burkes Pass to reach Fairlie, the rolling South Canterbury downs, and the village of Geraldine. From here we make our way north to Christchurch travelling through the town of Ashburton. We then continue across the Canterbury Plains, with its orderly paddocks and fence lines for the grain growing and sheep farming industry, arriving in Christchurch in the late afternoon.

Bronze Accommodation Silver Accommodation Gold Accommodation
SingleNZ $2,105.00NZ $2,384.00NZ $2,771.00
Twin ShareNZ $1,556.00NZ $1,673.00NZ $1,889.00

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