• Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration: 4 days (approx.)

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View Franz Josef Glacier and experience a Milford Sound cruise on this 4-day semi-independent tour of New Zealand's South Island. You’ll travel by coach from Christchurch to Queenstown via the Canterbury Plains, Aoraki/Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo, then motor up the west coast to Greymouth before riding the TranzAlpine train on the return to Christchurch. Listen to narration on board as the driver highlights this scenic region from picturesque mountain peaks to deep fiords. Overnight accommodation and round-trip hotel transport are included.


  • Four-day coach tour of New Zealand's great Southern Island
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • View the Franz Josef Glacier
  • Fully guided tour and commentary
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Pickup and drop off from centrally located Christchurch hotels

What You Can Expect

4-Day Great Southern Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

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See the highlights of the South Island in four days on a circular route, traveling round-trip from Christchurch. This semi-independent tour includes coach and rail transport with three nights’ accommodation in Queenstown and the township of Franz Josef Glacier. A Milford Sound cruise and informative commentary by your driver-guide are included; otherwise, you have free time at each destination to spend however you wish.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour arranges everything including hotel pick up /drop off, coach, train tickets and accommodation. Everyday we just sit back and relax and there is always someone taking care of you. The 'one million dollars' view from queenstown to milford sound is so amazing that you won't be disappointed.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This is a good way to see the South Island on a short stay. The bus drivers were quite good at explaining what we were seeing as well as giving us a general history of New Zealand. We even got a partly guided tour from one Inter City driver that was not part of the package.

Bob O Mexico

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A great way to spend 4 days. Being on a coach gave us a different perspective of the landscape having traveled for 4 days on the train previously.

Kathy Y. F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

My husband and I enjoyed this very scenic 4 day tour! Hotel accomodations were very comfortable and clean, taxi/coach were on time like clock work. Would highly recommend!!

John F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

This trip had everything we expected. The transport was great and everything ran like clockwork. Definitely recommend the flight back from Milford Sound - scenery is stunning!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

The tour went according to plan. It would have been helpful to have had a more detailed itinerary before the tour began. Apart from that excellent.

Amit S

4 star rating: Recommended January 2013

Great stuff. Such a beautiful country.

Liberino M

4 star rating: Recommended November 2012

The logistics for this tour...buses, hotels, etc. were complicated, but everything ran smoothly. The itinerary was great, would have been 5 stars if there were more photo stops.

Norman M

4 star rating: Recommended January 2011

Very very early starts to get to the destinations listed on the tour, understandable given the large distances travelled. Of particular note would be the time spent reaching Franz Josef Glacier, arrival at 5p.m. still feel disappointed that it was not possible to reach the glacier due to the time constraints, perhaps a 5 day tour could be organised to give an extra day at Queenstown. The voucher for shuttle to connect to bus at Heartlands Hotel was incorrect and we were confronted by a very irate driver in fact he was just about to drive off and leave us - another criticism was shuttle bus from hotel at Franz Josef picked us up as per instructions to drive us to the bus stop where we waited for the bus to collect the people from the hotel that we had just left . Our accommodation was comfortable the voucher system with the exception of the above worked well and our collection from the Tranzalpine train station was efficiently done with a very information driver (Aaron) who gave us information on things to do at Christchurch, which we followed and had a pleasant day. All in all it was a lovely few days in a beautiful country. Even though it was a 4am departure from New Zealand it did not dampen our enthusiasm, and pleasure at what we had seen.

Cynthia L W USA

4 star rating: Recommended November 2008

This was a great trip - all the sites were very beautiful. I thought, though, that there was too much shuffling around of people, and too many different companies and connections that Viator scheduled me with - it made things confusing.

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