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5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch provided by Leisure Tours

5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch

5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch
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Last updated: 24 Sep 2020
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Follow the safety guidelines as issued by the New Zealand Government and maintain good hygene and social distancing measures. Do not travel if you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms. If the city in which you are departing from is in alert level two, then please wear a facemask for all transport.
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
What to expect
Begin your 5-day exploration of New Zealand's South Island with hotel pickup in Christchurch. Peer through the windows of your comfortable coach at the vivid scenery while you journey through the foothills of the Southern Alps. Your guide makes a stop at Mt. Cook for lunch (own expense) before your first night in Queenstown, including free time to explore at your leisure. After a memorable cruise on Milford Sound, nestled in the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park, drive along Haast Pass to Westland National Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rugged West Coast route takes you past soaring mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the must-see Franz Josef Glacier, where you spend the night with scenic views. On the final day, travel to the reconstructed gold-rush town of Shantytown. Conclude your South Island tour with a train trip from Greymouth aboard the TranzAlpine Express. The route takes you over the Southern Alps through Arthur's Pass to Christchurch, renowned as one of the world’s top 10 train journeys.
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Important information
Inclusions
Air-conditioned vehicle • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Live commentary on board • Accommodation as per itinerary • Milford Sound Cruise • Tranz Alpine from Greymouth to Christchurch • Entry/Admission - Christchurch
Exclusions
Food and drinks, unless specified • Gratuities
Duration
5 days
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Departure Point: Christchurch hotels Dates: Daily Return point: Returns to original departure point on day 5 at approximately 6:35pm
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Air-conditioned vehicle • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Live commentary on board • Accommodation as per itinerary • Milford Sound Cruise • Tranz Alpine from Greymouth to Christchurch • Entry/Admission - Christchurch
Exclusions
Food and drinks, unless specified • Gratuities
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Departure Point: Christchurch hotels Dates: Daily Return point: Returns to original departure point on day 5 at approximately 6:35pm
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
5 days
Additional information
Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
Wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
22 stops
Day 1
Christchurch - Mount Cook -...
Day 2
Milford Sound Day Excursion
Day 3
Queenstown
Day 4
Queenstown - Franz Joseph
Day 5
Franz Joseph - Greymouth -...
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Gloria Lee
1 contribution
Bad experience in New Zealand
Nov 2019
The driver Marc took us to and from Franz Josef Glacier on Nov 7 & 8 had very bad attitude. He yelled at us for being late but it was not the case, the previous driver Robbie did not tell us what time to get back to the coach after the coffee break on Nov 7. When Marc took over, he went on and on broadcasting on board saying we were late. Being sarcastic the whole time. The next morning when he picked us up from Franz Josef Glacier to the Train station, he arrived at 9am. The itinerary showing the pick up time was 9:10am so when we arrived at 9:09am (WE WERE ON TIME) he started to yell at us. He said we were late again and the pick up time was 9am. I shown him the itinerary, he just ignored me and said if we were late again he was going to throw our bags out and leave without us. This is unreasonable and unacceptable. He ruined our holiday completely.
Written 11 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Canterburyleisure
Having now had the opportunity to investiagte this matter I can advise as follows; The driver actually remembers the incident quite clearly. The couple were not initially there when he arrived to pick them up in Franz Josef, they arrived at 0912. The driver had driven them the previous day and they had been late getting back to the coach when stopping at the Salmon farm in Paringa. The driver informed them that the company policy when passengers are not present at time of departure is to ring our Supervisors and inform them of the missing passengers, following that he will depart without them if both he and the supervisors have been unable to locate them. This is our normal procedure as the drivers have to also think about the other passengers on board that have returned on time for the bus. The correct pick up time is 0910 however as per our GPS the driver didn’t depart until 0912. All other passengers from the hotel had been checked in between 0902-0906. They were checked in at 0912. Marc has been driving with us since 2015 so is one of our more experienced drivers.
Written 2 December 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

LWJax
Jacksonville, FL3 contributions
Milford Sound was fabulous
Apr 2019
This was the most flexible tour I've ever seen. If you can't find exactly what you want, just let them know and I'm confident they will work it out exactly as you want. I appreciated that everyone on the tour seemed to have a different origin, stays, and destination and was amazed they were able to keep everyone straight. I wasn't able to make the connections with other travelers I had hoped for, though, with all the turnover. The scenery was beautiful and I really lucked out with gorgeous weather. My name was misspelled at the train station, a small glitch that was easily overcome since I had copied my email confirmation to the notes in my phone and could access without wifi. The delivery to my hotel was a glitch that was not as easily overcome. The shuttle dropped me off across the street because.... there was too much traffic!?! So I crossed a wet road in the dark, wearing dark clothes, dragging a large suitcase and carrying a heavy shoulder bag in between the heavy traffic. Delivery to my hotel was a wonderful amenity, but I wasn't a big fan of how it was accomplished. Would have given a five rating other than that.
Written 25 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you for the great review. I'm glad you enjoyed your time on our 5 day South Island tour. Yes, it has been excellent weather recently down south - particularly in Milford Sound which has had incredible weather over the past few weeks. Thank you for praising our flexibility with our multi day tours. We do our very best to cater to customer's needs and provide different options and add ons if need be. I'm sorry to hear that your name was misspelled and that you weren't dropped off at your hotel but instead across the street. Occasionally when we make bookings, suppliers such as the train can make a simple mistake of misspelling names on the booking. The majority of the time it is easily overcome, as was the case with you. As for the shuttle drop off, I'm sorry to hear that happened and thanks for for reporting this. We will take this up with the transfer company to assure that it doesn't happen again. Once again, thanks for the great review and I hope you visit New Zealand again at some point in the future!
Written 26 May 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

lancelotte f
Greater Melbourne, Australia27 contributions
Very good tour.
Apr 2019
Comfortable coach. Came on time.Only drawback was the pickup at Queenstown was at the bus stop near the Hotel rather than from the hotel lobby. Inclement weather can make the wait at the busstop uncomfortable.The coach driver guide Stuart on the Christchurch to Queenstown run was excellent. Very knowledgable on almost everything from history to geology , to botany . Almost continuous talk which we enjoyed very much. True enthusiast of South Island. The guide the next day to Milford Sound too was very good, but the standard dropped on the following two days. Thr driver talked so much about the Salmon farm that we built our expectations. It turned out to be a small time business and only the first 5 people could order Salmon. The staff were not interested in the business, and probably seasonal .
Written 13 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks for the great review. I'm pleased to hear you had a nice time on your 5 Day South Island Tour. And it's great to hear you enjoyed the commentary from your guides from Christchurch to Queenstown and on the Milford Sound Nature Cruise. I'll be sure to pass on your praise to them. It's sad to hear that the standard of the guides dropped on your second trip to Franz Josef. The salmon farm is usually just a shortstop and, as you mentioned, very weather dependent - it is not usually apart of the standard itinerary. However, we will pass on your feedback to both the driver and the salmon farm operators. And as for the pick up, the reason there are central pickups is to avoid the passengers sitting in the coach for up to an hour whilst the coach is going around doing all of the pickups at different hotels. It allows passengers to be picked as quickly as possible, so the tour can commence and not arrive too late in Queenstown. I'm sorry to hear that the weather made this wait uncomfortable. Thanks again for the great review and I hope you visit New Zealand again soon.
Written 27 May 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

G9240TTcharlesp
Pretoria, South Africa53 contributions
Glorious Southern Island Experience
Nov 2018
As 1st timers to NZ we had completed the Auckland to Wellington Northern Explorer scenic rail-trip and then The Interislander Ferry to Picton before starting on this prearranged 5-day tour. A bucket-list life-time experience that every eager tourist should experience. The weather was great and the coach pickups, trips and lodgings arranged (New Zealand Fine Touring Group) were perfect. The scenery - well what else but fantastic. Through a free day in Queenstown, Milford Sound, Franz Josef Glacier, etc.. all and back to Christchurch - not one bad experience - so grateful!
Written 12 November 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Excuse the late reply. We didn't get a notification about this review and I've only just seen this now. Any way, I just want to say thank you very much for the kind words. Our south island package tours are becoming some of our most popular tours for the simple reason of, as you said, it ticks all the bucket list items. It's great to hear that everything went so smoothly and you were graced with nice weather and zero mishaps. We certainly hope you enjoyed the rest of your NZ vacation and get the opportunity to visit us again sometime.
Written 4 February 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Michael D
15 contributions
Great NZ South Island Tour
Apr 2018 • Couples
Coming from Australia, they said New Zealand is a small country. Don’t be fooled, it’s much larger than you think. And it packs an even larger visual punch. Be prepared for some long road trips on comfortable buses with a magnificent train ride back to Christchurch (we began our journey in Christchurch) to end a fantastic tour.
All the key sights are covered. The tour brings together different operators for different sections right down to local taxi services to get you to your destination of the day. Not a single missed connection. It ran like clockwork.
You won’t be able to take enough pictures. There’s plenty of good food and bar options at every destination. Take advantage of your free day in Queenstown and prebook an adventure of your choice. Lots of quality restaurants for dinner as well.
Lastly, the coach drivers are informative, friendly and helpful. Nothing is too much trouble. You spend a fair amount of time on the bus getting to the various destinations but the end result of these natural treasures is to take your breath away.
This tour is well worth considering.
Written 21 April 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you taking the time to provide a detailed description of the five day tour and it is pleasing to hear that you found that everything meet and possibly exceeded your expectations. It is great to get feedback like this from our customers so others who maybe considering these tour options can see what they are actually like. I do hope you have the opportunity to visit New Zealand again at some future date and discover some more of our natural wonders.
Written 26 April 2018
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Michael R
Kerrville, TX591 contributions
Fantastic Tour of the South Island
Jan 2018 • Couples
We totally enjoyed our tour of the South Island with Canterbury Leisure Tours. The itinerary was delivered to our hotel in Christchurch as promised. We were promptly picked up for all of our connections. The bus drivers were for the most part friendly, informative and entertaining. We were given plenty of time to view the many sights of Queenstown, Mt. Cook, Fiordland, Franz Josef and all the places in between. The train from Greymouth to Christchurch was especially interesting and informational. Accommodations were excellent, comfortable and relaxing. We could not have put together a trip like this on our own as it was very well coordinated and extensive in breadth. This was a fantastic tour of the South Island.
Written 28 March 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. Your feedback is important to us to ensure we meet and where possible exceed our customers expectations. It is very pleasing to hear to you enjoyed both the arrangements we made for you, together with the scenery and places that you saw on your travels. I hope you have the opportunity to visit this very special part of the world again at some future date.
Written 7 April 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Marysam18
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
The perfect way to see south South island
Mar 2018 • Couples
This was an exceptionally well organised independent tour. All transport was on time as per the schedule, it is worth being at pick up points a little early as services are very prompt. Hotels were of a good quality and in good locations. The days break at Queenstown is perfect after the long day at Milford Sound. Can’t praise the organisation of tour enough, the company exceeded our expectations.
Written 8 March 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. Your feedback is important to us to ensure we continue to meet expecations and we are very pleased that we have managed to exceed yours. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour, the organisation and that you found it a perfect way to see the South Island of New Zealand. I truly hope that you have the opportunity to visit us here again at some future date.
Written 19 March 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Andrew_and_Heather
1 contribution
An interesting way to see a cross section of the amazing south island
Feb 2018 • Couples
This was a different tour for us, with different days of the tour run by different operators. Everything was seamlessly coordinated by Leisure Tours, even to arranging a taxi pickup from our hotel to get us to the bus terminal. We were pleasantly surprised with the coach drivers' commentary on the intercity bus trips. We too enjoyed Tom's singing and sense of humour. The places we visited on the way were a good cross section of interesting sights of the south island. Finally, we want to thank Dennis and Leisure Tours for the excellent way they arranged for transport when inclement weather caused the cancellation of the Tranzalpine train. The road trip, stopping at points of interest, was an enjoyable and informative alternative to the train.
Written 28 February 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you for taking the time to review your five day tour, your feedback is important to us as it allows us to ensure we are meeting our customers expectations and where possible exceeding them. I am pleased you enjoyed your tour even with the weather being somewhat disruptive towards the end of the trip. I hope you have the opportunity to visit the South Island of New Zealand again at some future day.
Written 18 March 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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