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Top of the South Island

New Zealand’s Top of the South Island is known for its mild climate, relaxed pace, untouched vistas and some of the most picturesque coastal scenes in the world. From cruising through turquoise blue waters, exploring sandy beaches, tasting world famous wines and local seafood - there really is something for everyone.

Whether you’re a first timer, or a repeat traveller wanting to see more of what New Zealand has to offer, this tour will not disappoint!

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Itinerary Summary

Begin with a trip to the quaint fishing village of Akaroa where your award-winning cruise offers the chance to see the smallest and rarest Hector’s Dolphins. Experience the natural beauty of the scenic West Coast that hosts an abundance of wildlife and stunning scenery. Cruise the shores of the Abel Tasman National Park, a hidden gem with crystal clear water and sandy beaches all combined with New Zealand’s native flora and fauna. The spectacular Marlborough Sounds combine a myriad of amazing coves and waterways that will impress. Meander through Queen Charlotte Sound, a pristine body of water, onboard a luxury vessel.

Taste the crisp and delightful wines of the Marlborough region as you experience exceptional vineyards such as Cloudy Bay Estate. A visit to the fishing village of Kaikõura provides the opportunity for you to take an optional scenic flight to view the graceful giant sperm whales from the air.

As you enjoy looking out over breathtaking Lake Brunner, meet the locals and enjoy a Kiwiana lunch with specialty dishes such as whitebait fritters. Several amazing walks include the incredible Hokitika Gorge, the famous Punakaiki Rocks (Pancake Rocks) and the classic scenery of the Abel Tasman National Park. Visit Monteith’s Brewery where you enjoy a sumptuous lunch and a free souvenir. The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is a world-class museum showcasing WW1 and WW2 aircraft and artefacts, with captivating and immersive dioramas.

Touring Styles

We are delighted to be conducting this Top of the South Island itinerary on both our Ultimate Small Group Touring coach (maximum 20 seats, Business Class on Wheels) and the Signature Mid-Size Group Touring coach (maximum 32 seats, Premium Economy Comfort). 

Read More

Visit our NewzRoom to read more about this extensive itinerary:
> Wine, wildlife and wilderness
> Unveiling the Top of the South
> Queen Charlotte Sound Cruise to Furneaux Lodge
> Marlborough - How's the serenity!
> Discover the South Island's picturesque West Coast

Fitness Level Required

Tour includes a number of short walks of up to 1 hour that require a moderate level of fitness. The walks are scenic and not excessive but can include slight inclines and uneven surfaces. Ensure you feel comfortable with this level of fitness before booking.

2024 - 25 - Your choice of 2 Itineraries

11 Day Ultimate Top of the South Island




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11 Day Signature Top of the South Island




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Traveller Reviews > VIEW ALL

February 2024

This was a great tour; it was what I was really looking for. Accommodation all very good, clean and staff were all great. All attractions were well organised and very enjoyable. A very comfortable coach and always kept clean inside and out. 

W.S. Australia

February 2024

An excellent start to my New Zealand/Australian holiday. I particularly enjoyed the itinerary and visits to less well known/less travelled towns. The coach was great, always clean, tidy, extra legroom and two exits were a bonus!

V.D. United Kingdom

February 2024

It was a wonderful tour. Everything I hoped and expected. Wonderful itinerary and route. Fantastic Coach Captain, excellent Tour Leader and very comfortable coach. Congratulations. 

I.C. Australia

Port of Departure

To enable us to present you with the best Tour Pricing and Bonus Offers please select your intended Port of Departure and Accommodation Room Type. If you do not require an air inclusive package, please select LAND ONLY.

All prices are in Australian Dollars. For air inclusive package pricing, airline taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your Travel Agent at the time of booking.