Our South Island Tour lets you experience the South's best locations. Our week long trip begins in Christchurch, and takes you to some of NZ's most stunning locations including Lake Tekapo, Queenstown with an optional trip to Milford Sound, Wanaka, Franz Josef and finishes with the Tranz-Alpine Express rated as one of the world's Top Ten train journeys!

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If you're looking for an adventurous holiday through the South Island, you have found it. Customise your New Zealand tour with fantastic add-on activities such as bungy jumping, skydiving and paragliding. If you like adventure but aren't up for throwing yourself off bridges or planes, then a cruise around the stunning Milford Sound will be right up your alley.

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What's included in this tour?

  • Accommodation (max 6 share, upgrades available)
  • Transport
  • Kiwi Tour Guide with expert local knowledge
  • Guided tour of every location we visit
  • Breakfast
  • Gondola ride in Queenstown
  • Option to add a day trip to Milford Sound
  • Wake up alongside the beautiful lakes of Tekapo and Wanaka
  • World famous Tranz Alpine train journey on day 7
  • Tons of surprise stops and experiences on the way
  • Suitable for all ages (18+) and all fitness levels.

Our South Island tour is designed to give you the opportunity to experience a taste of the South’s best destinations, including two nights in the ‘Adventure Capital of the World,' Queenstown.

Beginning and ending in Christchurch, we take a clockwise loop to include the beautiful alpine surroundings of Lake Tekapo and Wanaka - pure turquoise blue waters surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains... the ultimate in New Zealand!

Queenstown is must-see on any NZ traveller’s list, as is the Franz Josef glacier – we allow 2 nights at both. On your final day you travel from one coast to the other, over the Southern Alps on the Tranz Alpine Express - rated as one of the world's greatest railway journeys.

In addition to the picture perfect scenes and stunning views, there is lots of adventure to be had along the way - skydiving, bungy jumping, white-water rafting, hot air ballooning, scenic flights, glacier treks, quad biking, extreme jet boating, skiing/snowboarding in winter, surfing... an endless list of fun just waiting to happen!

Nevertheless as always, nothing is compulsory other than stepping onto the bus in the mornings... We can guarantee that if adrenalin is not your thing, you will be more than exploring your surroundings, experiencing the local culture, geography and history. There is just so much to do and see.

We realize quite a few companies profess to calling themselves "number #1". So don't just take our word for it. Read independent feedback online about Haka and our South Island Tours.

For generalised FAQs, please see our "About Us" section. Have any other questions, please feel free to countact us. We will get back to you ASAP.

Where does this tour start?

Haka Lodge, 518 Linwood Ave, Christchurch @ 8am on Day 1. The #21 bus stops directly in front of our lodge and takes 10mins from town. Though 90% of our customers stay at Haka Lodge the night before the tour starts which means a super relaxed start to the tour and an awesome informal to meet everyone before the tour.

Where does this tour end?

On the final day, we take the world famous Tranz Alpine Express Train from Greymouth to Christchurch. This train journey is rated 1 of the top 10 train journeys in the world as the scenery is simply spectacular! This means the tour ends at Christchurch Rail Station at 6pm. There are shuttle buses that take you into the city centre for around $5 and for all you staying at Haka Lodge after your tour, a group taxi will cost just a few dollars each. There is a busy taxi stand directly outside the train station. A high number of people stay at Haka Lodge the night the tour ends but if you are needing to depart immediately, we suggest booking flights for anytime later than 8pm.

What are the ages and what type of people choose this tour?

70% of our customers are solo travelers. The other 30% are 2 or more friends traveling together or couples. Ages can range between 18 and 45 though we do take people on our tours who are older than 45 as we believe attitude is more important than age. Furthermore, we attract people who want to see as much as NZ as possible, be part of a small personal group as opposed to travelling on a large 50 seater coach and are looking to push their own personal boundaries! (and remember, nothing is compulsory on our tours!)

What is included in the price?

Unlike a lot of our competitors, we are more than just a hop-on, hop-off bus. Our baseline tour price includes accommodation, a local kiwi guide and so much more! To find out more about how our price compares to our competitors, click here.

How many additional activities would you recommend booking for this tour?

There is no rule to this – some people will choose lots, others will be content with the tour itself and the free or low cost activities that your tour guide will find for you along the road. The bottom line is that you do not need to add extra activities to have an awesome time but we would suggest pre-booking any "must do" activities to benefit from the exclusively discounted online price.

What are the most popular activities for this tour?

Everyone has their own favourites, but in general we find that these are the most popular:

  • Milford Sound Day Trip
  • Skydiving - Wanaka
  • Nevis Bungy - Queenstown
  • Scenic Flight - Lake Tekapo
  • Heli-Hike - Franz Josef

How do I go about booking this tour?

All we need is a 5% deposit to make a tour booking and secure your seat. Once booked, you are able to log back in to your account and pay off your remaining balance, in as many instalments as you like. Your balance is due 1 month before your tour. If you book a tour within 1 month of its departure, we hence require full payment as the deposit.

Add-On Activities

Customise your trip by choosing from a wide range of optional activities. Check out the itinerary for details of when each activity takes place. Everything is 100% optional - only add on what you want

Mini-bus

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Nevis-bungy-queenstown

Nevis Bungy

Queenstown
(half day)
from $50 NZD
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Extreme Jet Boating

Queenstown
(half day)
$129 NZD
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Milford Sound Trip

Queenstown
(depends on option)
from $119 NZD
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Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride

Wanaka
(allow 2 hours)
$289 NZD
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Quad Biking

Franz Josef
(allow 3 hours)
$160 NZD
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Heli-Ice Explorer

Franz Josef
(Half day)
$325 NZD
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Paragliding

Queenstown
(allow 3 hours)
$199 NZD
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Kawarau Bridge Bungy

Queenstown
(allow 2 hours)
$180 NZD
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Canyon Swing

Queenstown
(half day)
$215 NZD
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Skydiving over The Remarks

Queenstown
(half day)
from $339 NZD
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Nevis Bungy

Queenstown
(half day)
from $50 NZD
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Skydiving over Southern Alps

Wanaka
(half day)
from $329 NZD
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Mini-bus

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Scenic-flight-tekapo

Scenic Flight

Lake Tekapo
(1 hour)
$340 NZD
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Milford-sound-trip

Milford Sound Trip

Queenstown
(depends on option)
from $119 NZD
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Franz_josef_kayaks

Kayak in Glacier Country

Franz Josef
(Half day)
$105 NZD
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Mini-bus

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Skiing-queenstown

Skiing/Snowboarding Day at The Remarks

Queenstown
(Full Day)
$161 NZD
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Heli-Ice Explorer

Franz Josef
(Half day)
$325 NZD
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Mini-bus

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Middle-earth Tour in Queenstown

Queenstown
(Half a day)
$169 NZD
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Mini-bus

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Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride

Wanaka
(allow 2 hours)
$289 NZD
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Mini-bus

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Accommodation-upgrade

Accommodation Upgrade

$499 NZD
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7 Day South Island LICK Tour

$1,299.00 NZD
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