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12 Day Ultimate South Island Tour - Private - Fully Guided

Absolute Aotearoa Limited

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This 12 Day South Island private vacation will have you fall in love with the South Island of New Zealand and show you a little more of what this beautiful island has to offer in comparison to the Highlights tour.  We’ll explore the rebuilt city of Christchurch, kayak in a National park, whale watch and cruise on the oldest steam ship in New Zealand. And that is not all! This itinerary is full of experiences that you will remember for a lifetime. This is all while riding in the comfort of your own vehicle with a very knowledgeable, experienced Driver/Guide.

What You'll Get

This 12 Day Tour takes you through award winning wine country, golden sand beaches and lush rainforest. While on tour you can relax and let your experienced Driver/Guide show you our beautiful piece of paradise. We will travel in the comfort of a late model minivan just for your group at a pace that suits you.  This tour is perfect for families, friends or active adventurers.  There is so much to experience during this tour which will have you explore and experience New Zealand's finest destinations. 

Children pricing available upon request.  

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Travel Itinerary 

Day 1     Arrive into Christchurch Airport - airport pick up included 

Day 2     Christchurch to Kaikoura                                                                                              

Day 3     Kaikoura to Nelson                                                                                                        

Day 4     Abel Tasman Day Trip                                                  

Day 5     Nelson to Punakaiki                                                                                                

Day 6     Punakaiki to Franz Josef                                                                                       

Day 7     Franz Josef to Queenstown                                                                                

Day 8     Queenstown Sights 

Day 9     Milford Sound Day Trip                                                

Day 10   Queenstown to Lake Tekapo                                                                               

Day 11   Lake Tekapo to Christchurch                                                                                   

Day 12   Christchurch Departure 

After an exciting and in-depth tour of New Zealand’s South Island and we hope you’ve loved New Zealand as much as we have loved showing it to you!

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation of your tour booking will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability.
  • A moderate level of fitness is required for this tour.
  • Children prices are available on request. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please advise of any dietary requirements when booking
  • Some activities are not wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking.
  • Luggage is restricted to 1 large suitcase and 1 small carry on bag. Oversized items such as surfboards, golf clubs, bikes etc. may not be able to be carried. Please advise at time of booking if you have any oversize luggage.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • 12 Day, private, escorted tour with a knowledgeable and experienced Driver Guide
  • 11 Nights’ Accommodation (4 Star)
  • 7 Breakfasts, cooked or continental
  • Whale Watch Scenic Boat Cruise
  • Abel Tasman Beaches, Bays and Seals day trip
  • Franz Josef Heli Hike
  • Gibbston Valley Prestige Wine Tour with Two Course Lunch
  • Shot Over Jet Boat Ride
  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
  • Skyline Gondola Ride
  • Walter Peak Dinner Cruise
  • Breakfast

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Optional Activities
  • Personal Expenses

Departure Point
Christchurch Airport or Christchurch Accommodation

Departure Time

12 days

Return Details
Christchurch Airport or Christchurch Accommodation

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Absolute Aotearoa Limited in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

The Fine Print

7-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operators terms and conditions for this offer here. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised Goods and services.