New Zealand South Island Tours

The South Island is strikingly different to its northern counterpart, with steep mountain ranges and more extreme weather conditions. Temperatures can range from below freezing in winter to hot summer days without a cloud in the sky. It is very easy to navigate by car, and we can help put together your dream self-drive itinerary.

It is a playground for hikers, with several iconic treks including the Milford Track, the Routeburn, the Kepler, and the Hollyford Track. Among the “must sees” that are often listed are the Abel Tasman National Park, Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, Aoraki/Mount Cook, the Southern Lakes region (encompassing Queenstown and Wanaka), Milford Sound, and the city of Dunedin and the nearby Otago Peninsula with its albatross colony and yellow-eyed penguins.

This is a pretty good list to start with that will occupy most visitors to this stunning island. However, there are many more beautiful locations to explore for those who have a longer stay or the opportunity to return. Read our articles for our first-hand experiences with some of these locations...


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OUAT organised a great trip on the Hollyford Track. The lodges were wonderful with the most decisions food. The guides really knowledgeable and friendly. Thank you too Romain fo... - Susie and Alice Hoddell, UK

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